Sydney University midfielder Jake Bartholomaeus’ breakout NEAFL season has continued after earning the Round 14 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.
The former Sydney Swans Academy member, who turns 21 next month, joined Sydney University last season but had to wait until this year to crack in to their NEAFL side.
Bartholomaeus played his first match in Round 2 and has held his spot in the side ever since, with his last two games returning 26 and 27 disposals against Gold Coast and Canberra respectively.
The Maroubra Saints junior said playing consistently at NEAFL level, and spending more time in the midfield, has benefited his game greatly.
“I’m trying to get more consistency with my football now,” he said.
“(Coach) Tom (Morrison) has thrown me around the field which has been good, but the last two weeks I’ve been in the midfield a lot more.
“Also playing against bigger bodies – I think I thrive being around the footy a bit more and I think that’s what has helped in the last two weeks.”
The Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star is awarded to the most promising young talent in the NEAFL competition.
Nominees must be under the age of 21 and played less than 20 senior games (excluding games as AFL Academy players) at the start of the 2018 season.
This story was originally published on neafl.com.au