2018 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star Nominee Profiles

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The profiles of the 18 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star Award nominees will be published on this page every week throughout the 2018 season.

The winner will be announced at the 2018 NEAFL MVP Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 26.

Check out the nominees below.

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ROUND 14
Jake Bartholomaeus (Sydney University)

Age: 20. NEAFL Games: 15.

Sydney University midfielder Jake Bartholomaeus’ breakout NEAFL season has continued after earning the Round 14 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.

The former Sydney Swans Academy member, who turns 21 next month, joined Sydney University last season but had to wait until this year to crack in to their NEAFL side.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 13
Brodie Foster (Gold Coast)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 26.

A member of the SUNS’ Under-19 Academy squad, Brodie Foster produced another solid senior display on Saturday when he accumulated 22 disposals, six clearances and four rebound 50s in Gold Coast’s win over Redland at Metricon Stadium.

The Surfers Paradise junior has been a member of the SUNS Academy for five years, making his NEAFL debut in 2016 before starring at Under-18 level.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 12
Alex Paech (Canberra Demons)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 19.

Canberra full-back Alex Paech has become the fourth Demons player to be awarded a Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination this season after impressing against Aspley on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, who stands at 196cm and 105kg, was among the Demons’ best players in their 33-point victory after playing a shut-down role on former Brisbane forward Jono Freeman.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 11
Ethan Reeves (Southport Sharks)

Age: 20. NEAFL Games: 19.

Southport has produced its second Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nominee of the season with defender Ethan Reeves the latest to make his mark at NEAFL level.

The 20-year-old was among the Sharks’ best in their 22-point victory over Redland at Scottsdale Park on Saturday, picking up 25 disposals, six marks and four clearances through defence and midfield.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 10
Will Gowers (Aspley Hornets)

Age: 20. NEAFL Games: 20.

Aspley midfielder Will Gowers has been nominated for the Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star Award for the second consecutive season after another impressive performance at the weekend.

The 20-year-old was among the Hornets best players with 29 disposals – the second-highest tally on the ground – as Aspley beat rivals NT Thunder by 37 points at Graham Rd.

Hailing from Sydney, Gowers first joined the Swans Academy when he was 11 years old as part of the academy’s inaugural intake.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 9
Dan Charlesworth (Southport Sharks)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 36.

Southport defender Dan Charlesworth’s best-on-ground performance against Gold Coast on Saturday has earned him the Round 9 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.

Hailing from the Cairns City Lions’, Charlesworth relocated to the Gold Coast to chase an opportunity through the Gold Coast SUNS Academy when he was 16.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 8
Bailey Stewart (Sydney Swans)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 8.

Sydney Swans Academy member Bailey Stewart has been awarded the Round 8 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination after an eye-catching performance against Brisbane.

A member of the Swans’ Under-19 squad, Stewart collected 20 disposals, five tackles and two goals in Sydney’s important 16-point victory at South Pine.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 7
Nathan Cooper (Sydney University)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 38.

Sydney University defender Nathan Cooper has been awarded the Round 7 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination following his impressive performance against Aspley at Graham Rd.

The 20-year-old was named among the Students’ best in their tight 10-point victory, playing a shutdown role on Aspley forward Jono Freeman and finishing with 15 disposals and 10 spoils.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 6
Riley Budd (GWS GIANTS/Canberra)

Age: 18. NEAFL Games: 14.

GWS GIANTS Academy member Riley Budd has earned the Round 6 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.

A member of the GIANTS’ Under-19 Academy squad, Budd was named among his side’s best players with 31 disposals, eight marks and five rebound 50s in their loss to Sydney at Spotless Stadium.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 5
Mitch Hardie (Canberra)

Age: 20. NEAFL Games: 23.

Canberra has produced its third Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nominee of the 2018 season after Mitch Hardie’s match-winning performance on Saturday.

The 20-year-old forward polled the maximum 10 NEAFL MVP votes for his starring role against Gold Coast at UNSW Canberra Oval, collecting 30 disposals, six inside 50s and two goals in their 29-point victory.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 4
Ben Sloan (Brisbane Lions)

Age: 18. NEAFL Games: 13.

Brisbane Lions Academy member Ben Sloan has earned the Round 4 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination after his solid performance against GWS GIANTS on Saturday.

The 18-year-old was named among the Lions’ best players after 23 disposals, 10 marks and two goals in their 93-point victory at Spotless Stadium.

An Under-18 Allies squad member in 2017, Sloan was among AFL Draft contention at season’s end with his versatility and eye-catching athleticism.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 3
Angus Baker (Canberra Demons)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 5

Canberra has produced its second Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nominee of the season after midfielder Angus Baker’s impressive performance against Redland.

The 19-year-old collected 24 disposals, six inside 50s and a goal as the Demons triumphed over Redland by 52 points at Scottsdale Park on Saturday.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 2
Jack Rolls (Redland Bombers)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 27.

Redland midfielder Jack Rolls has created further league history with an unprecedented fourth Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.

The 19-year-old was one of the Bombers’ best in their lost to Sydney University at Henson Park on Saturday, collecting a team-high 28 disposals, plus 11 tackles, seven clearances and nine inside 50s.

Read the full story here.

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ROUND 1
Mitch Maguire (Canberra Demons)

Age: 19. NEAFL Games: 23.

Canberra midfielder Mitch Maguire has started his season off on the right foot by earning the Round 1 nomination for the 2018 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star Award.

A member of the GIANTS Academy since he was 13, Maguire made the Under-15 All-Australian side before making the Allies squad to compete in the Under-18 Division 1 Championships in 2016.

Read the full story here.

 

 

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