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 5 of the 2020 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Luke De Roo from the Western Crows.
Luke is from Canterbury and currently attends St. Bedes College in Christchurch. He 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.
Western Crows Head Coach Matt Cawley is excited about Luke’s future in the game.
“Luke has been a hugely beneficial acquisition for the Crows this year. He has an endless amount of potential, and will likely end up a very secure and strong Centre Half Back or Centre Half Forward. I was so pleased to be able to get him in the draft and you will see him in a Falcons guernsey for many years to come.”
AFL New Zealand spoke to Luke and asked him a couple of questions during the week.
What School do you attend?
I attend St. Bedes College in Christchurch.
What sports did you play growing up?
I played Soccer, Rugby and Athletics when I was younger and still play Rugby.
How did you get into AFL?
I got into AFL through the AFL Cup competition when I was in Year 10.
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
I enjoy having a lot of free space to be able to run around.
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
Future goal would be to make the u18 NZ side to play over in Melbourne next month.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
My biggest advantage would probably be my speed and height.