6 foot 2 Giant wins round 3 Rising Star

The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award will be awarded weekly to a standout young player in the 2020 AFL New Zealand Premiership.


Each week the award will be allocated to those who show ability that favours the core components it takes to become an AFL Player. To be eligible to be nominated for the award, a player must be born in 2001 or younger.

The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award for round 3 of the 2020 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Tyrone Stubbs from the Central Giants.

From Auckland, 16 year old 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.

Tyrone received the award after a strong game off the half back line against the Western Crows.

“Tyrone has been a great addition to the Giants backline. He has a great attitude, runs hard all game, always putting in 2nd & 3rd Efforts, continues to make great tackles and takes strong defensive marks. He has shown great game awareness with only a few games under his belt and will only get better and better.” Central Giants Head Coach, Izaak Williams.

AFL New Zealand asked Tyrone a couple of questions during the week.


What School do you attend?

I currently attend Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland.

What sports did you play growing up?

I grew up playing Rugby and still do.

How did you get into AFL?

I got into AFL by Dad suggesting to me that I should give it a go.

What do you enjoy about playing AFL?

The thing I enjoy most is all the support from all the other boys and coaches. I also enjoy the the fast pace of the game.

What are your goals for AFL in the future?

My future goal for AFL is to represent NZ and hopefully play for a club over in Aussie.

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

I think my biggest advantage it’s my height and tackling skills.