Western Crows running machine claims round 4 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 4 of the 2020 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to Ronan Morling from the Western Crows.

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 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.

AFL New Zealand spoke to Ronan and asked him a couple of questions during the week.


What School do you attend?

I attended Rosehill College in Auckland.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played Rugby and Touch growing up.

How did you get into AFL?

I was first introduced to the sport through the AFL Secondary Schools Cup where I played for Rosehill College.

What do you enjoy about playing AFL?

I enjoy the team environment and the level of intensity in New Zealand.

What are your goals for AFL in the future?

My goal is to one day make the New Zealand Falcons.

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

My running game would be my biggest advantage and I feel like I read the play well.