I’ll be posting a few rising star nominations over the next week or two to catch up to the current round… note that the length of the post may vary…
Rising Star 2018 - Round 1
It’s a pleasure to announce the first rising star nomination for 2018 is Riley Bonner of the Panlickingscammers. He secured the nomination with an outstanding 31 possession game, and his 102 point performance was second-best in his team’s winning start to the season. We took a few minutes to catch up with his coach Blummers…
Smoten: Great performance by Bonner in Round 1. You must be happy with his debut?
Blummers: Very happy with his debut. We rate him highly at the club and thought he’d be a slow burn, but his debut at the club has been a welcomed surprise.
Smoten: Looking back, last year you traded a second round pick for him when he didn’t have a lot of exposed form in the seniors. What did you see in him that made you want to bring him to the club?
Blummers: We knew of him during his junior years. He had a neat kick and showed some positive signs of being a DTer. He has scored well in a small sample of games in the last few years, so we were pretty sure he’d be a good prospect. He was available as a free agent but we forgot to put in a waiver claim so Neela snapped him up. It’s a pity we had to trade for him due to an administrative error, but we felt he’d be worth the trade and he certainly wasn’t going to be available in the draft.
Smoten: Did you win the trade?
Blummers: Not quite yet. We traded away our second or third round pick for memory. If we had the pick again, we probably would have used it on Corey Maynard so in that sense, we’ve probably won the trade.
Smoten: Do you think he can win the rising star award?
Blummers: Unlikely. Once Jasper Pittard is available, his scoring may not be as positive. There’s also some midfielder named Kelly who will probably win it.
Smoten: Any other gems on your list we should watch out for?
Blummers: Sam Murray should get a nomination sometime but he’s a high draft pick so that’ll be expected. We think Rowan Marshall could blossom later this year. We also have high hopes for Francis Watson.
Smoten: Thanks for your time and good luck this weekend.