Wellington talent earns Rising Star for Round 5

The AFL New Zealand Rising star award for round 5 of the 2016 Premiership has been awarded to Northern Suns midfielder Misilifi (Richard) Faimalo.


Porirua College year 12 student Misilifi (Richard) Faimalo produced a man of the match performance for the Northern Suns in their win over the Central Giants during Round 5 of the AFL New Zealand Premiership. The 16 year old who hails from Wellington was lightning around the whole of the field during all four quarters of the game. His ability to continue to run all day is his biggest asset along with his evasion skills. No matter where or when he gets the ball in his hand, he is able to break free of opposition and dispose of the ball with accuracy.

Misilifi Faimalo profile
Misilifi representing his local club side North City Demons

“I have seen a lot of people start playing the game of AFL and Misilifi is one player that looks most natural, as if he has been playing the game for a number of years.  Misilifi’s flair, natural talent and ability to identify targets up field make him an asset to any team he plays for. I look forward to his development through playing more football at this higher level merging his talent with game understanding.” AFL New Zealand High Performance Manager Mick Coultard


AFL New Zealand had a chat with Misilifi during the week.


What School do you attend?

Currently at Porirua College in Year 12.


What kind of sports did you play growing up?

Rugby Union


How did you get into AFL?

The St Kilda football club came to our School in 2015 and we had a class where we learnt the skills and have enjoyed playing it since then.

I never knew AFL was a sport before the St Kilda guys came into school last year, so I am glad they did!


What do you enjoy about playing AFL?

I enjoy intensity of the game and being able to run with freedom. I pretty much enjoy everything about AFL.


What are your goals for AFL in the future?

My goal is to one-day play in the AFL.


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

I think my biggest advantage is my speed and getting around people on the field.