The AFL New Zealand Rising star award for round 2 of the 2017 AFLNZ Premiership has been awarded to Seb Serrano of the Southern Saints.
The 17 year old Aucklander has shown maturity and experience well above his age in the first two rounds of the Premiership to be a deserved winner.
Currently in his first year at AUT studying Law and Criminology, Seb kicked three goals for the Saints during their victory over the Suns in Round two and is now the leading goal kicker in the competition after a two goal haul in Round one.
In 2016, Serrano captained the Level 2 Academy NZ Hawks against the Peninsula Saints and showed leadership, courage and determination. With leadership qualities and consistent development, Seb could be a regular name in the senior NZ Hawks side in years to come.
“Seb is a very tenacious player, hard at the contest and has continued to develop his skill and link play over the years . I look forward to his continued development in the Premiership and how he transfers that with U18 New Zealand Hawks in May.” National Youth Manager Mick Coultard has been involved with Seb’s development over the years.
AFL New Zealand had a chat to Seb during the week.
What School did you attend?
I graduated from Sacred Heart College in 2016
What kind of sports did you play growing up?
Rugby, Rowing, Football and Cricket
How did you get into AFL?
I first got into the sport after being invited to the AFL New Zealand combine.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
The amount of open running space, the quick ball movement and the team culture of the sport.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
Continue with NZ representation and keep improving my ball skills and knowledge of the game.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
Work-rate off the ball, physicality and speed throughout the game.