Club Warehouse Rising Star
The Club Warehouse Rising Star Award is presented at the end of the season with the winner coming from one of the 18 nominations over the course of the home and away season.
Below are this year's nominees for each round.
To see a complete list of past winners of the award click here.
Round 18 - Michael Italia - Banyule
Michael is a Banyule junior who graduated from Under 17's at the end of last year and has played every senior game this season. Michael's willingness to listen and adapt his style of play for the betterment of the team has been an outstanding feature of his development and demonstrates his all round ability. Michael has excellent skills, is very strong overhead and below his knees. He is a great reader of the game and gets to the right spots. He is very good one on one and has kicked a number of important goals at senior level this year. Michael has composure beyond his years and is able to kick crucial goals and be involved in critical plays when his team has needed it. Michael is very deserving of the Rising Star Nomination and Banyule look forward to him being an integral member of the club for many years to come.
Round 17 - Jack Cowell - Bulleen Templestowe
Round 16 - Sam Mason - Ormond
As a 15 year old, Sam Mason debuted in the Ormond seniors on June 30, 2012 where he was named in the best players. Sam followed up with another senior game before going back to help his U/16 team try to win a premiership in the SMJFL Division 1 section. The team played well and Sam was one of Ormond’s best but they narrowly lost the Grand Final by 5 points. Sam has played this season in the seniors in a resurgent team and has continued to prove his worth and rewarding the selectors for the punt they had taken with youth more than twelve months ago. Sam is gearing up for a finals campaign in the seniors this season and we wish him, his team and the club all the best.
Round 15 - Jordan Pomeroy - Peninsula OB
Jordan joined the Pirates in 2011 playing 13 games in the Under 19’s. He played all over the ground and was a runaway winner of the best & fairest award that season. He played the first 4 games of 2012 in the Under 19’s as well, before making his senior debut in round 5. Jordan settled into the senior team easily, showing glimpses of his talents, and played the rest of the season in the seniors, including the losing Division 1 Grand Final. He was then selected in the VAFA Under 18 side that toured NZ in late 2012, and was BOG in one of the two games played. Jordan again represented the VAFA in 2013, this time in Under 19 representative team that defeated Vic Country. Since moving into the backline in the second half of the season he has taken his game to another level.
Round 14 - Joseph Fisscher - Old Haileyburians
Joseph is an outstanding, popular young man at OHAFC with an enormous future. Up until a few years ago he played soccer and he has only played 4 years of football. He was recruited to the club this year straight from Haileybury College where he played in 2012. He is a very tall and plays predominantly ruck and centre half back. His marking ability, leap and agility just some of his key attributes. A highlight of his year was making the U19 state representative team to play Vic Country. He was also made Vice Captain of the team.Having walked straight in to a senior Premier B side and played all games so far, he possesses enormous potential. He is a keen learner and is keen to take on as much from the coaching staff as he can to fast track his development.
Round 13 - Charlie Dillon - Parkdale Vultures
We first saw Charlie down at Parkdale Vultures when he used to train with the Seniors during pre seasons as a 15 and 16 year old and he joined the club once finishing his junior career at Mordialloc Braeside Junior Football Club. Charlie is in his Second season of senior football at Parkdale Vultures AFC despite still being available for U19 selection. Last season he was able to play and win, 2 Grand Finals in 2 weekends, winning the U19 South Premiership and then a week later winning the senior Premier C Grand Final. This season has seen Charlie step up a level again. Whether it is as a running defender, midfielder or forward, Charlie has been one of the Vultures most consistent performers this season. Charlie was recognised for his performances when he was picked to represent the VAFA in the U19 game against Vic Country at the Junction Oval. A very likeable and popular young man, all at Parkdale Vultures would like to congratulate Charlie on his Rising Star nomination and we look forward to many more years of footy down at the Vultures.
Round 12 - Oliver Cavallaro - Old Brighton
Oliver is in his first season with OBGFC having just finished school at Brighton Grammar where he was Captain of the first XVIII. Ollie is still eligible for Under 19’s and he represented the VAFA in the recent game at the Junction Oval against Vic Country. Ollie has a mature body for his age and impressed all during pre-season training and practice games and was rewarded for his efforts with a senior game in Round 1 against Parkdale. Since this Oliver has developed into a crucial member of the side and has played through the midfield and forward and recently had an important tagging role for the side. With a fierce attack on the football and outstanding leadership we have already seen many highlights at Beach Road Oval, including the Goal of the week in Round 2 vs St.Kevins. Oliver has played in every senior game this year and has a long and distinguished career ahead of him for Old Brighton. Old Brighton would like to congratulate Ollie for his Rising Star nomination and look forward to many more highlights in the red and blue.
Round 11 - Ryan Eade - Uni Blues
Uni Blues midfielder Ryan Eade has been named the Rd 11 VAFA Rising Star. Hailing from Echuca, Ryan won the senior B&F for Moama in 2012 in his final year of school. In 2013 he commenced his Science Degree at Melbourne Uni and chose to play at Blues.A hard at it midfielder, Ryan has a fierce attack on the ball and high work rate. He has played 9 senior games this season with both of his games in the Under 19’s earned him best on ground honours. Ryan has hit a rich vein of form with a best on ground nomination in the Round 10 Senior match against Old Carey and backed up with a best on ground in the VAFA U19 representative match on Sunday.A personable and well liked young man, all at Blues look forward to Ryan becoming a leading player at the Club in future seasons.
Round 10 - Keegan Stewart - Caulfield Grammar
After winning the CGFC” J.A Wilson” U19 B&F and a taste of Premier senior football in 2012, Keegan has developed into an integral member of the Caulfield Grammarians Premier B senior side in 2013. Keegan has kicked 27 goals for the season and been selected for the VAFA Under 19 Representative squad in 2013. Either up forward, in defence, or in the centre square, Keegan’s competitiveness, work ethic & willingness to improve his game is outstanding. All at CGFC look forward to many more years of exciting footy & we all congratulate Keegan on his Rising Star nomination.
Round 9 - Matt Turner - Werribee
Matt has played all his football with Werribee FC, commencing in the U/9s progressing to the Seniors. Matt captained the U18s side, going on to win two consecutive B&Fs in the U18s before playing in the U19s. He set about training for the next step in his footy by completing a pre-season with the senior team whilst hitting the gym 5 days a week. The senior coach Kirk Norton was impressed with his attitude and commitment. A few seasons ago, Matt was selected to represent the VAFA in the U18 side in New Zealand playing in the winning team against the New Zealand U20s. Matt’s first year of senior football has seen him become an integral member of the Tigers midfield and forward lines. He has put himself through many hard days in the gym to impress for his first year of senior football where all at Werribee hopes he continues to improve.
Round 8 - Jarryd Ludski - AJAX
In 2011 Jarryd Ludski played with AJAX Under 19 and in a year where the team struggled for success he was a standout, winning the VAFA Under 19 Best & Fairest. Still eligible for the Under 19 in 2012 Jarryd forced his way into the senior side and this year Jarryd has solidified his place in the AJAX senior side with some very consistent football. After a solid pre-season which saw him play through the midfield in the practice matches and as a small forward in the early rounds, he's finally found himself lining up across halfback as a very dangerous and consistent rebounding defender. His versatility has seen him play all over the field strengthening AJAX in each and every role he's played. His aggression at the ball, relentless first and second efforts and agility are all hallmarks of his game. At 19 years old, Jarryd has a long career ahead of him and has already begun to establish himself as an on-field leader at the club. Congratulations Jarryd on your Rising Star nomination.
Round 7 - Nick Petering - Monash Blues
Nick Petering has proven to be a key addition to the Monash Blues senior side in the first seven rounds of Premier C in 2013. The second year Bachelor of Commerce student played senior football for Minyip Murtoa Football Club in the Wimmera league last year and continues a proud tradition of Monash players to be recruited from the Halls of Residence at the Clayton Campus. Nick is a dangerous small forward with the ability to rotate through the midfield. He has been a consistent contributor to The Ashes’ strong start to Season 2013 and it is hoped that Nick will continue to entertain the Frearson Oval faithful for many years to come with his quick feet, toughness in the contest and classy foot skills. Well done Nick on this well-deserved nomination.
Round 6 - Aaron Cloke - Oakleigh
Oakleigh’s Aaron Cloke is one of the power forwards of the competition who has numerous accolades to his name. In 2012, not only was he a premiership player with best on ground honours, he was the competitions leading goalkicker with 64 goals and won his club’s best and fairest award. At such a young age he has kicked 205 career goals and has played 64 games for the club. In the past fortnight he has made his senior debut for the club and has been amongst the best players on both occasions. Congratulations to Aaron on winning this week’s Rising Star nomination.
Round 5 - Gerard Gleeson - St Kevin's OB
Gerard Gleeson, a versatile midfi elder, played in the 1st XVIII at St Kevin’s College in Year 10. He fi nished 4th in the Best & Fairest behind Tom Liberatore, Mitch Wallis (both AFL) and Dylan Conway (VFL). For the next 18 months Gerard was diagnosed with OP. Hartley Stone, his St Kevin’s coach, said “The determination he displayed throughout this period was of an exceptional level”. After success as a member of the APS Premiership side in 2012, he went straight to SKOBFC after a pre-season at Sandy Dragons. Daniel Harford, SKOB coach, says “Gerard has been enormously committed to improving his play since the day he arrived in preseason. For a 1st year school leaver, he has a body ready for Senior football and, with more time at the level to understand how important his mental preparation is, should have many fine years ahead of him”.
Round 4 - Jack Soloman - St Bernard's
Jack Solomon returned to form last week, kicking 6 goals against Collegians in a strong display at full forward for St. Bernard’s first XVIII. The 19 year old combined his physical strength with strong hands and quality finishing in an impressive display, albeit a last quarter team fade-out dampened what was a quality individual game from Jack. In the absence of Andrew Merrington, young Jack has been pivotal as a strong marking target deep as well as a lead up target for the improving Bernard’s team. Jack worked very hard in the pre-season to secure a spot with Essendon on their VFL list, and his efforts thus far in season 2013 reflect a growing maturity and improved fitness base, as well as the benefit of some 1:1 coaching from specialist coach, Dean Laidley. Congratulations from all at St Bernard’s on Jack’s nomination as this week’s VAFA Rising Star.
Round 3 - Ed Weatherson - Old Trinity
Ed came to Old Trinity arrived at the club from school in 2011 and in round 2 was promoted to the senior team against Old Xavs at just 17 year old, and most importantly Old Trinity won that day. Since then Ed has been a first XVIII regular barring small periods of injury and shows great leadership at 19 years old. Ed has now played 21 senior games and 13 at U19 level. This year he has played every game and with a strong pre season behind him has gone to the next level. Ed was our best player in Round 1 with 4 goals and also our best in Round 3. Ed is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and is the grandson of our former President, Captain and founder of the club John Weatherson and he is proud to continue the Weatherson tradition. Old Trinity are delighted that Ed has been nominated as the rising star.
Round 2 - Chris Mangoni - St Bedes/Mentone Tigers
Young Chris Mangoni has certainly made a big impact on his introduction into VAFA Football and St Bedes/Mentone Tigers. Last year's Sandringham Dragons Captain has led from the front in the 2 games so far to be the Tigers best player on both occasions. In the character building win last Saturday, Chris was given the task of curbing the influence of Old Carey's Woodrow Medallist Cam Howat, a job he did with great aplomb, a job that went a long way to securing victory for his side. A very likeable young man, and popular amongst his peers, all at SBMT look forward to the youngster's continued involvement with our club as he grows and develops his football career. Well done Chris a most worthy winner of the Round 2 Rising Star Award.
Round 1 - Josh Ward - Beaumaris
If you want to find a player who gets the best out of himself, then look no further than Beaumaris youngster Josh Ward. Josh played all his junior football at Beaumaris, starting in the under 9s, and from an early age turned himself into a team leader through his ferocious attack at the ball. This eventually got him into the Sandringham Dragons’ TAC squad, but in the very last cut made, the coaches told Josh he wasn’t required. Despite this disappointment, Josh set about training even harder. Every day in the off-season he’d do something, whether it be a gym session or going on a run. A scholarship to Mentone Grammar at the start of 2011 saw Josh briefly play in that school’s First 18. He later transferred his schooling to Brighton Grammar and when his school wasn’t playing, Josh returned to Beaumaris where senior coach Jason Mifsud had no hesitation in putting him into the seniors, despite the fact that Josh was still a qualified U19s player. John was a member of the Beaumaris senior team that played in last year’s Premier B grand final and last weekend made his Premier debut. Josh is extremely fit this year benefitting from doing a pre-season at Port Melbourne. Josh may be required to play games at Port, but after his display in round 1, Beaumaris will certainly be hoping that he spends more time at Beauie and not the Burra.