Macpherson claims round 5 Rising Star after impressive display

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 5 of the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Caleb Macpherson from the AFL New Zealand Academy.

194cm Macpherson ran out for the Western Crows as a development player in their round 5 clash against the Giants and after a strong game in the forward line, he was selected in the Premiership team of the week.

Caleb represented the AFL New Zealand Level 2 Academy over ANZAC weekend in 2018 and with further skill development, the 16 year old could make a big impact in the game in years to come.


We asked Caleb a few questions during the week.

What School do you attend?

Papanui High School in Christchurch.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played pretty much all sports a kid can play, but my major sports were Softball, Rugby and Touch.

How did you get into AFL?

I got into AFL via my school. I played in the Secondary School competition and was selected into the Academy.

What do you enjoy about playing AFL?

I enjoy the fact that I’m a younger player coming up through the ranks and I’m being received so well by the more experienced players.

What are your goals for AFL in the future?

Someday I hope to make the New Zealand Falcons and potentially try my hand playing over in Aussie.

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

My biggest advantage out on the field is my height probably and energy levels.