Isaiah’s eyes on the Blues

Isaiah Gidgup was a dominant presence in the Perth district awards. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d408460
Isaiah Gidgup was a dominant presence in the Perth district awards. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d408460

The result is a great achievement for the club, which is one of the smallest junior football clubs in the Perth district with only 203 members.

Rising star Isaiah Gidgup made an impressive debut at the awards evening, claiming both Fairest and Best in the Year 8 category and overall in all age groups by receiving the most votes (26) across every grade, even though he missed a few games at the beginning of the season.

The 14-year-old midfielder said it was his dream to play AFL professionally and hoped to move to Melbourne to play for Carlton.

Isaiah said he had wanted to be a part of Carlton since he played in a Blues jumper at a half-time match at a Carlton-Collingwood game in 2011 during a club trip. But he looked locally for his role models.

‘(I look up to) Michael Walters (from the Fremantle Dockers) because he’s indigenous, he’s good with the ball and he’s good at marking,’ he said.

Isaiah is already on track to achieve his dream, having won three fairest and best awards at Redcliffe and three runners-up during the six years he has played for the club.

Fellow Redcliffe players Jai Woods and Joshua Loo also fared well in the awards evening, winning equal Fairest and Best in the Year 10 category and equal third in the Year 12 category respectively.

Player William Nishimwe was nominated for Fairest and Best in the Year 8 category.