Young guns ready to step up to the big time

22 Jun, 2021

As teams prepare for the NZ Falcons vs NZ All Stars clash on September 25, guaranteed match ups have started to develop.

Today, we look at the young guns ready to make the leap to the next level.

Tyrone Stubbs


From Auckland, Stubbs has only been playing the game for a short time but standing at 6 foot 2, he makes a big impression on the footy field.

An AFL New Zealand Rising Star from round 3 in 2020, Stubbs has continued to develop his game through the Auckland AFL with the Uni Blues and is getting stronger each week.

Ronan Morling


Ronan was named the rising star in round 4 of 2020 and is fastly becoming one of the best skilled footballers in the country.

Ronan has been involved in the AFL New Zealand High Performance programme for a number of years after first being introduced to the sport playing for Rosehill College in the AFL Secondary Schools Cup.

The 18 year old from South Auckland plays for the Manurewa Raiders in the Auckland AFL and was drafted by the Western Crows during the 2019 National Draft.

Ronan is a fast paced winger who reads the game well and with more time to develop his game, Ronan can set his sights on making the International Cup squad in 2023.

Reef Bainbridge


The 2020 round 2 rising star continues to develop into an all round footballer.

The speedy winger from Whangarei has only been playing the game a short time but made a big impact playing in his first season of the Premiership.

Reef is hard at the contest in every game he plays and creates multiple opportunities playing off the half back flank.

Luke De Roo


Luke won the round 5 Rising star in 2020 which came off the back of a number of consistent games for the Crow’s.

Luke is from Canterbury and has wonderful hand and foot skills for someone who is only new to the game and is currently playing as a swingman at either half back or half forward as he continues to develop.

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