The AFL New Zealand Rising star award for round 9 of the 2017 Premiership has been awarded to Isaac Piper from the AFLNZ Academy.
Isaac has been involved in the AFLNZ system for a number of years now after first getting involved in the sport through an invitation to the National Combine. His fast pace and agility showcase a big potential and was witnessed by national Youth Manager Mick Coultard during his performance in Round 9 as a development player, playing for the Southern Saints.
“Isaac is one of the quickest development players and certainly shown improvement through his opportunities in the AFLNZ premiership. I am excited to see Isaac put his speed to use getting to the ball first and distributing the ball during his upcoming campaign for the AFLNZ Academy Level 2.” National Youth Manager Mick Coultard
AFLNZ caught up with Isaac after his match.
What School do you attend?
I attend St Peters College in Auckland.
What kind of sports did you play growing up?
Rugby, Touch, Athletics and Basketball
How did you get into AFL?
I was invited along to the AFLNZ National Combine and then participated in the Youth competition.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
I enjoy playing AFL because it is fast paced and has a variety of positions.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
My future goals for AFL would be to continue playing at the highest level possible.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
My biggest advantage on the field would be my speed and agility.