Sunraysia football: Stellar start for Merbein's Rob Roelofs

Merbein utility Rob Roelofs is the round 13 Mildura and District Real Estate Rising Star. Picture: Louise Barker

Merbein utility Rob Roelofs is the round 13 Mildura and District Real Estate Rising Star. Picture: Louise Barker

THE hard work paid off for Rob Roelofs on Saturday.

The 19-year-old made his SFNL senior debut for Merbein in the club’s 53-point loss to Red Cliffs, kicking a goal and impressing the club’s coaching staff – particularly senior coach Jarrod Buckley.

In his first season out of the under 18s, Roelofs – originally from Healesville in the Yarra Valley – had been one of the Magpies’ best in the reserves and had certainly earned his call-up.

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