Tucker makes Giant debut to win Round 1 Rising Star

The AFL New Zealand Rising star award for round 1 of the 2017 Premiership has been awarded to Jake Tucker of the Central Giants.


Northcote College student Jake Tucker made an impressive debut in his first AFLNZ Premiership game where he ran out for the Central Giants on Sunday. The Northcote College student was a shining light for the Giants in their defeat to the Saints. Jake’s ball skills were among the best on the day with his effective kicking and sharp hand balling drawing praise after the game from the National NZ Hawks Head Coach Rob Malone. His role on the wing had him transitioning the ball around the middle of the ground and showed that he could stand up to some of the best midfielders in the country. Having been involved with the NZ High Performance programme at junior level for three years, Jake will only get better with his development through playing in the Premiership. Make sure you keep an eye out for this young talent on the footy field during the 2017 season.


“Jake really impressed taking on the role given to him by Giants coach Rob Malone. I look forward to seeing Jake develop with the different roles that will be given him, and really excited to see how he uses this and dominate the Secondary School AFL Cup for Northcote College.” National High Performance Manager Mick Coultard.


AFL New Zealand caught up with Jake after the game.


What School do you attend?

Northcote College in Auckland

What kind of sports did you play growing up?

Growing up i played Rugby and Football

How did you get into AFL?

I first got involved with AFL through the AFL Cup Secondary School Competition about 3 years ago. The School organised a team and we ended up winning the North Island Championships in 2015. I then progressed to play in the Youth competition and have represented the Level 2 Academy NZ Hawks.

What do you enjoy about playing AFL?

AFL is a cool game because I like the freedom to run all over the field. It also is a sport that has a mix of everything which I enjoy.

What are your goals for AFL in the future?

I am motivated to make it to the highest level of AFL.

What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?

I’m quite fast and agile out on the footy field, so I would say that would be my biggest advantage.