Rising Stars on Show - Big V Paparazzi


The likes of Luke McMillan, Daryl Corletto, Ivan Platenik, Louise McLean, Alex Lough and Sharon Grieve have been making news in the Big V for many years, but a new breed is on the rise and each week more new names enter the spotlight.

In round 14 we saw Melbourne’s teenager Isabella Brancatisano make her mark, as did Ringwood’s Zac Haig and Warrandyte’s Mollie Burke in round 15.

Altona’s Stacey Barr is another teenager carving out a great reputation, and then you have a host of young guns coming out of Diamond Valley with both Youth League teams dominating their respective competitions.

Lauren Pearce (Bulleen), Shaun Phelan (Altona), Justin Soleimani (Keilor), Stephanie Perch (Hawthorn), Courtney Gaze (Melbourne) and Rebecca Guglielmino (Hume City) have all started climbing the ranks this season.

Holly Greene (Warrnambool) is another star player, in fact the country teams are renowned for developing and exposing fantastic young talent, many of whom also participate heavily in junior national competitions as members of Vic Country.

Back in town, many of these advancing youngsters compete against each other in the VJBL on Friday nights in the U18s and U20s, but then again you have the likes of Tara Bohanna out at Blackburn who does her thing at U16 level before stepping into the seniors on the weekend.

Katie Shanahan and Shelley Mottin out at Ringwood are doing good things, while Tara Feben’s star has been on the rise for a few years now at Diamond Valley.

Though he’s on his way to college, what a great mark Waverley’s Dexter Kernich-Drew has left on the Big V. Then you have Ringwood’s more mature Trent Zomer, an absolute star and a name we will hopefully still be talking about a decade from now.

It’s an exciting time in the Big V as we watch a host of young players forge out promising senior careers. Coaches love watching the kids emerge, as do the fans.

Exciting times indeed.


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