Warfe stakes a Ris­ing Star claim

NT News - - SPORT - GREY MOR­RIS

PALMER­STON Mag­pie Ryan Warfe’s rep­u­ta­tion as a foot­ball hard nut took an­other step for­ward at As­build Oval on Sun­day.

The 18-year-old mid­fielder is the Round 13 nom­i­nee for the NT News Ris­ing Star, an award that car­ries a $500 prize and the pres­tige of be­ing the player judged to be the most likely to suc­ceed in their cho­sen sport.

Warfe was among his side’s best play­ers in Sun­day’s vi­tal four-point win over Waratah that pro­pelled the Mag­pies back into the Premier League.

It was an­other re­minder of his class and the num­ber of young play­ers start­ing to emerge at Palmer­ston.

Given a wing­man-half for­ward role by coach Al­wyn Davey, Warfe’s high workrate and ef­fi­ciency when in pos­ses­sion was enough to con­vince AFLNT Academy coach Ja­son Roe to add him to the player list.

Palmer­ston as­sis­tant coach Glen Pa­trick has seen Warfe de­velop from a promis­ing ju­nior at un­der-14 level to the club’s U18 cap­tain and fi­nally, Premier League foot­ball.

“We made Ryan cap­tain of the U18 side and he’s proven to be a big as­set in that role,’’ Pa­trick said. “He’s al­ways hard at the ball in the Joel Sel­wood mould and kicks beau­ti­fully with his left foot.

“Ryan’s es­sen­tially a mid­fielder in the ju­nior side and plays be­tween wing and half for­ward in the se­niors, where he is de­vel­op­ing very quickly with his all-round skills.’’

Other play­ers who im­pressed in a week­end of foot­ball where lad­der lead­ers South­ern Dis­tricts lost to the Dar­win Buf­faloes by a sin­gle point and the Mag­pies kept their fi­nals hopes alive with the win over Tahs, were Night­cliff’s Tyson Kid­ney and Buf­falo Mal­colm Rosas.

Pic­ture: FELIC­ITY EL­LIOTT/AFLNT ME­DIA

Ryan Warfe has been a stand­out for the Mag­pies

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