She’s the first player ever to earn all 10 Coaches votes in her second AFLW game, but Charlie Rowbottom is already eyeing improvements ahead of her third outing.
The 18-year-old put in an eye-catching performance in Sunday’s Round 2 win against the Eagles, earning her a Round 2 NAB AFLW Rising Star nomination – news that was delivered to her by Head Coach Cameron Joyce via FaceTime.
“I was super excited [when Joyce called]. It’s a massive honour to be named as a Rising Star nominee,” Rowbottom said.
“We took everything we needed to improve on and did our best to implement it in the game.
“It was great, everyone put their best foot forward and played their roles. Hopefully we can continue with that now and take what we need to from that game.”
Rowbottom has fitted in seamlessly at the SUNS after being selected with the #1 pick in the 2021 NAB AFLW draft.
Seventeen touches, 12 tackles and six Inside 50s in just her second game is just a glimpse of what she’s capable of with a keen eye on continuing to build her repertoire every week.
“Getting into those professional habits, trying to find my routine and how to work with the rest of the team has been good and I’m hoping just to keep improving each week,” she added.
“I’m just excited for each week. The whole team is just looking for individual and collective improvement and hopefully we can keep doing that.”
Rowbottom will have the chance to run out onto her new home ground at Metricon Stadium for the first time this Saturday night when the SUNS face the Brisbane Lions in a Pride Round QClash.
The fixture will also see the debut of the club’s inaugural Pride Guernsey.
“With the guernsey designed by a couple of the players, it’s a massive honour to continue to show our support for the LGBTQIA+ community,” Rowbottom continued.
“What the AFLW does to show their support for that community is incredible and here at the SUNS we’re super excited to show our support.”
Tickets are on sale for Saturday’s Round 3 fixture via Ticketek with Adults at $10 and free entry for juniors 17 years and under.