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Kade Kolodjashnij: Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star

Kade Kolodjashnij Rising Star Defender Kade Kolodjashnij speaks with SUNS TV about his Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star Nomination.
Kade Kolodjashnij of the Suns in action during the 2014 AFL round 03 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast on April 05, 2014. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Kade Kolodjashnij is the Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.
Kade just looks so comfortable with the pace of the game.
GC SUNS Coach, Guy McKenna

Kade Kolodjashnij from the Gold Coast SUNS is the Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

In the SUNS’ 45-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Sunday, he gathered 21 possessions, four marks and two tackles.   

The 18-year-old Tasmanian debuted in Round Two and has played seven AFL games. Tall and athletic, Kade has played across half-back and is averaging 20 possessions per match.

He is currently ranked first in kicks and disposals per game amongst the players eligible for this year’s NAB AFL Rising Star.
Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said Kade has made an immediate impact at the club since his arrival during the pre-season.

“Kade just looks so comfortable with the pace of the game. We have blooded a number of debutants in our four years in the competition and Kade has found his feet and made an impact at senior level like few players before him,” he said.

“What stood out as soon as he arrived at the club was just how calm and composed Kade is. He has quietly gone about his business since then; over the pre-season he moved into the top six runners at the club without much fanfare, and in season, his use off half-back has been exceptional. We are looking forward to Kade finishing off the rest of 2014 the way he has started it.”

Kade was the SUNS’ first selection (selection five overall) at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. He was recruited from the Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club and played senior football in the Tasmanian State League with Launceston.

He represented Tasmania in both the Under-16 and Under-18 Championships. He captained the side to the Under-18 Division Two title in 2013. He was a joint-winner of the Harrison Medal and was named in the NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian side. He is also a graduate of the AFL National Academies program.

Kade is the first SUNS player to be nominated this season. Two Gold Coast players were nominated last year; Tom Nicholls and the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star Jaeger O’Meara.

Kade’s twin brother Jake was drafted by Geelong with selection 41.