The AFL New Zealand Rising star award for round 4 of the 2017 Premiership has been awarded to Carlos Donnell-Brown of the Southern Saints.
Carlos has been involved with AFL for the past four years and is more and more becoming a key positional player in his side. He first became involved through the Secondary Schools AFL Cup where he Captained Green Bay High School to victory in the Senior AFL Cup in 2014. The 18 year old won best on ground in the 2015 Auckland AFL Grand Final where his side, the Waitakere Magpies went through the season undefeated. You will find Carlos playing in the midfield where he puts in one hundred percent effort on and off the field, throws himself into every tackle and tops it off with some finely tuned skills.
“Carlos has developed a great attacking game over the last 4 years with the High performance programme. I am excited to see Carlos progress through the Premiership, developing his game further as a distributor of the ball and leader for upcoming representative opportunities.” Mick Coultard, National Youth Manager.
What School do you attend?
Green Bay High School.
What kind of sports did you play growing up?
From a young age I played Rugby and have also played Waterpolo and competed in Surf Lifesaving.
How did you get into AFL?
I first became involved with the sport through the AFL Secondary Schools Cup at my School.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
I really enjoy the speed and physicality of the game.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
My goals for the future is to make the 2017 International Cup squad.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
I feel that I can read and anticipate the game play quite well. My fitness is a big factor and I am tall for my position which helps me in the air.