The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award will be awarded weekly to a standout young player in the 2019 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 4 of the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Jonah Christians from the Northern Suns.
The 17 year old from Wellington has been involved with the AFL New Zealand pathway for the past 3 years, playing in the Youth competition, Academy and representing NZ at age group level.
Jonah’s fitness and game awareness are his strong attributes and is still developing into an all round footballer.
Christians was picked up by the Northern Suns during the 2018 National Draft and his performance’s this season have far outweighed his experience in the game and is a deserved winner of this award.
We caught up with Jonah during the week to ask him some questions.
What School do you attend?
I attend Scots College in Wellington.
What sports did you play growing up?
Growing up I surfed and played rugby.
How did you get into AFL?
I got into AFL because I went on a school exchange to Melbourne and played for the school there.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
I enjoy AFL because of the big speckies and how there is always something to do.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
My goals with AFL in the future is to make the U18 Melbourne team in May.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
I think my biggest advantage is my fitness and my positioning around the ground.