By JESS WEBSTER
He’s the son of a gun who now has certified status with Wilston Grange midfielder Hamish Warren earning the Round 3 QAFL Rising Star nomination.
A Gorillas junior since he was 10 years old, Warren has been among Wilston Grange’s best players each week to start the 2018 season, including last Saturday in their loss to Morningside.
The son of 1993 Grogan medallist, AFLQ Hall of Famer and current AFLQ CEO, Dean Warren, Hamish has been steadily climbing the ranks over the past few seasons since making his senior QAFL debut in Round 3, 2016.
Now 20, the inside midfielder played 10 matches last season before breaking his collarbone, but he earned a place on Aspley’s NEAFL rookie list for the 2018 season.
The opportunity to be involved in pre-season training with the Hornets has put Warren in good stead to take his game to new heights this year.
“It’s been good to come down with the boys during pre-season and get around the names like Matt Payne… and learn from them, and obviously train at a higher standard,” Warren told aflq.com.au.
“Going back to QAFL level has made it a little bit easier, but its jut good to start the year off well and play some good footy.
“Obviously we’d wish we’d have some more wins on the board early, but hopefully that will come as the year progresses.”
It hasn’t been the best start to the season for the Gorillas, sitting in sixth place on the ladder with one win and two losses.
But Warren is confident the club has plenty more to give.
“We’ve had a couple of injuries, and we’ve got a few to come back aswell, so there is a lot of promising signs for the next couple of weeks. Injuries have played a part, but it’s not an excuse,” he said.
As for Warren’s development, he is determined to get the best out of himself and see how far he can go.
“I moved up from Melbourne when I was 10 and ever since then I’ve played for Wilston Grange, which is where Dad played,” he said.
“I want to play at the highest level I can, whether that’s NEAFL, QAFL or the AFL.
“I want to see how far I can go with my footy, and stuff like this (nomination) is a stepping stone along the way.”
Following each round of the QAFL season, the coaches’ votes will help select one player as the Rising Star nominee.
At season’s end, one of the 19 young men will be chosen as the 2018 QAFL Rising Star to be awarded at the Grogan Medal Dinner on September 16th.
2018 QAFL Rising Star
Round 1: Jack Austin (Western Magpies)
Round 2: Joel Leahy (Mt Gravatt)
Round 3: Hamish Warren (Wilston Grange)