Each week a player from the Australian Rules Football College Under 19 competition is awarded the Leader Shooting Star of the Week and will receive a Leader Shooting Star certificate and a Sportsmart voucher. Each weekly winner also goes in the running to win the prestigious Leader Shooting Star of the Year Award, which will be announced at the SFNL Awards Dinner on Friday 7th October.
Congratulations to all of the weekly Leader Shooting Star nominees.
SAM WALTERS (Endeavour Hills)
Having played almost every game in his debut season in the competition, Sam Walters’ five-goal haul against Dingley showed just how far he’s come. Walters has been solid all season and this stellar performance has earned him the last nomination for the Leader Shooting Star Award.
MATT CROUCH (Dingley)
Crouch has earned this week’s Leader Shooting Star nomination after another super effort in his side’s loss to St Pauls. A courageous midfielder and a tackling machine, Crouch has been a pillar of strength in the Dingoes’ engine room. The SFNL Under 18 Interleague representative has been super consistent in 2016 and will make an outstanding senior footballer in the coming years.
IZAIAH ELISAIA (Hampton)
Elisaia’s inside work was pivotal in Hampton’s performance. His second goal was crucial and could prove to be the difference between the Hammers finishing on top of the ladder. We expect him to feature heavily in Hampton’s finals games when the going gets tough.
DYLAN BONE (St Pauls)
Bone was an obvious selection for the award. His efforts to nearly single-handedly drag his team over the line were evident as the young gun booted seven goals in an eight-point loss. Significantly, he was the only multiple goalkicker and his performance has given him a deserved nomination for the Leader Shooting Star Award!
BRAD PARKER (Cheltenham)
Bradley was the comfortable nominee for Round 14 and in only his second game, managed to kick an astonishing haul of 14 goals. It’s easy to select players for the goal kicking efforts, but Parker was the clear winner of the round for his ability to be involved in the majority of Cheltenham’s attacking plays. A young fella that is built like a truck, Parker is impossible to stop once he gets going.
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TROY SMITH (Hampton)
Smith was vital in securing the Hammers a closely-fought victory. His two-goal haul may not seem significant, but given the lack of scoring – particularly during the opening half – it was an important hand.
After dominating for East Brighton-Bentleigh in the Under 19 competition in the early part of the season, Morgan has made a seamless transition into Division 1 Senior footy with the Demons in the recent weeks. The 17-year-old hasn’t looked out of place at that level either, impressing with his elite foot skills and great decision making. The SFNL Under 18 interleague vice captain will be a player to watch in the coming years.
PERRY LEWIS-SMITH (Dingley)
Despite featuring in a losing team alongside another standout performer, Lewis-Smith’s performance was the best of the week. He managed to kick five goals out of his team’s nine, and collected a mountain of possessions in a stunning display. Lewis-Smith has an abundance of talent and will be looking to continue his strong form.
LIAM McCABE (Oakleigh District)
Oakleigh moved into third position on the competition ladder and was the performance of Liam McCabe which ultimately grabbed attention of his coaches and the supporters. His consistency continues to be on display as he has 32 goals for the season in 10 games. His six-goal haul in the 37-point win over Cheltenham was crucial in the team’s success and that’s why McCabe has been nominated for the award.
MITCHELL DYER (Hallam)
The young star booted five of his side’s seven goals to secure a crucial win over Cheltenham. The result is pivotal for the Hawks in their quest for finals and a potential top-two spot on the ladder. Dyer was ultimately instrumental and his performance could be very important when finals calculations begin. He is therefore a very deserving winner.
KADE ALEXANDER (St Kilda City)
Another Saints player to have emerged from the round with the Shooting Star of the Year Award, Alexander was the rightful recipient with another strong showing this week. In his three games so far, Alexander has managed to appear in the best players on all occasions and his inside work is a key element to those results. In addition, his ability to get forward and hit the scoreboard is just as important and is another of the reasons why he has been nominated.
JESSE GODINO (Cheltenham)
Godino’s four majors may have come in a comfortable win over Carrum Patterson Lakes, it has been a long time coming. Although this is an individual award, it is recognition for the club who sit in a strong position after seven rounds.
MYKELTI LEFAU (St Kilda City)
There were a handful of strong performances from players this week but Lefau was a clear standout. His ability to consistently provide an avenue to goal during each quarter for his team is one of the main reasons for winning the award. Lefau could not be overlooked and he will look to continue his form during the regular season, and possibly beyond.
BRAD DOLAN (St Pauls)
It was a round full of standout individual performances but it was difficult to go past Dolan’s effort against Highett. His team’s 30-goal haul made it easier to select which team would contain the Shooting Star of the Week, however it was challenging to determine each player’s influence. Nevertheless, Dolan was clearly in the best team of the round and his five-goal individual effort and ability to win his own contested ball has made him a deserving winner of the round’s best player.
JAKE WINN (Oakleigh District)
Oakleigh managed a 55-point turnaround to win by 25 and Jake Winn was instrumental in this occurring. Winn kicked three goals in his side’s vital away win as they moved into the top six with a 2-2 win-loss record. Moreover, his performance ensured a win under difficult circumstances and it’s because of his ability to lift his team in pressure situations that Winn has been awarded the Shooting Star of the Week Award.
JAMES GASCARD (Hampton)
Gascard is the second Hammers player to win the award after a brilliant performance under tough conditions on the weekend. The ball magnet played a crucial role in his side’s four-point victory over Oakleigh with his second half heroics ensuring Hampton remain undefeated after the opening three rounds.
JOSH VITIRITTI (Hampton)
Vitiritti was a standout of Round 2 after slotting four goals for the Hammers in a comfortable win. Although it was a team effort, Vitirriti was a key component of Hampton’s victory ultimately propelling them into the top four following the 114-point win. His ability to extract the ball from contested situations, as well as making himself extremely useful on the outside, are some of the main reasons he has been selected for the award.
PAUL PEKAJ (St Kilda City)
Pekaj is the second weekly winner of 2016 and was an obvious selection after slotting 5 goals for the Saints last weekend. The forward was instrumental in his side’s 67-point victory with support from Jesse Firebrace and Jackson O’Hehir-Vargas. In a team which includes multiple premiership stars, Pekaj’s effort hasn’t gone unnoticed as he was the clear standout and is very deserving of the award. It will be interesting to see if he maintains his consistency in the upcoming rounds but there is no doubting his ability.
RYAN KREYMBORG (St Pauls)
Kreymborg is the first nominee of the league’s prestigious Leader Shooting Star of the year award following his standout performance against Dingley in their mammoth 114-point victory. The sharpshooter slotted 6 goals including an incredible left-footed snap during the second term to send the crowd into raptures which ultimately demoralised the Dingoes. While the team put on an extraordinary opening display, Kreymborg proved to be the standout and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop his skills and leadership over the course of the season.