Ris­ing star Faith­full set for big stage

Geraldton Guardian - - Football Awards - Justin Fris

Towns ball mag­net Wil­liam Faith­full joined il­lus­tri­ous com­pany dur­ing Tues­day evening’s JJ Clune Medal cer­e­mony, af­ter be­ing recognised with the Mau­rie Dren­nan “Ris­ing Star Award”.

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents of the award have typ­i­cally gone on to forge suc­cess­ful WAFL and AFL ca­reers — most no­tably Harry Tay­lor (Rovers, cur­rently with Gee­long) and Calib Mour­ish (Towns, Fre­man­tle).

Faith­full played 16 games with the Bull­dogs in 2017 and be­came a sta­ple of Chris Kane’s start­ing squad.

His out­stand­ing ap­pli­ca­tion at league level also caught the eye of North­ern Suns coach Il­lia Bat­tistessa, who se­lected him for rep­re­sen­ta­tive duty at the CBH Group North­ern Re­gions Colts Car­ni­val at Won­gan Hills.

With the sup­port of his fa­ther Peter, who would reg­u­larly drive down from Carnar­von to fol­low his son’s progress, Faith­full has plenty of up­side on both sides of the ball.

Re­ceiv­ing his recog­ni­tion, Faith­full said he val­ued the sup­port all sea­son from both fam­ily and his club.

“They (Towns) are a good fam­ily club and have been re­ally sup­port­ive since the start,” he said. “I fin­ished up with St Pats in 16s and my teacher got me over — they’ve been sup­port­ive the whole time.

“It’s been great (at league level). Chris Kane’s been a big help and hav­ing those older fel­las around helps you out a lot and they’ve taught me a bit.”

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Wil­liam Faith­full re­ceives the 2017 Mau­rie Dren­nan Ris­ing Star Award from Mau­rie’s son Paul Dren­nan.

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