The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award will be awarded weekly to a standout young player in the 2021 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 2002 or younger.
The AFL New Zealand Rising Star award for round 4 of the 2021 AFL New Zealand Premiership has been awarded to James Scott from the Western Crows.
James is playing in his first year as a senior player and has taken the game on. A former development player, James has represented the AFL New Zealand Academy and makes strides to gain higher honours.
James has been consistent all season and was named in the round 4 team of the week after an impressive performance against the Southern Saints.
“James is an all in type of player. He throws himself at the footy in every contest he can get to and isn’t afraid of getting bruised and bumped by an opponent. His decision making will improve with experience and his skills will also benefit from getting the footy more. James can be a long term AFL NZ prospect with the dedication and determination he is already showing.” Matt Cawley, Crows head coach.
AFL New Zealand spoke to James and asked him a couple of questions during the week.
What School do you attend?
Northcote college in Auckland
How did you get into AFL?
I got into AFL through a good friend of mine
What do you enjoy about playing AFL?
I love the physicality of the game
What are your goals for AFL in the future?
To play in the New Zealand Men’s team an potenitally go to Australia and play.
What do you think your biggest advantage is out on the field?
I think my biggest advantage on the field would be my speed
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