Bart Rijckaert

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INTRODUCING THE NEW CAPTAIN OF THE BERLIN CROCS – BART RIJCKAERT

Nationality: Dutch

How long have you played football?

I have been playing for the Crocs since the preseason in 2013, and I’d never touched a footy before that. When I was younger I used to play a lot of soccer and judo. Funny how footy seems to be the best of both worlds.

How did you get involved with the Crocs?

I was at a card game night with some friends, and got chatting to this new bloke. After hearing that I spent a year in Brisbane and really liked watching the Lions (back when they weren’t horrible), he asked me if I had ever heard of the football club here in Berlin. After recovering from my initial surprise that Australian football was even played outside of Australia, I immediately sent an email to the Crocs and went to my first footy training the following Thursday.

Proudest Footballing moment?

There are 3 actually. At the last awards night, I was nominated as rookie of the year for the second year in a row, a feat that no footy player has ever achieved to my knowledge. The award eventually went to a well deserving Jamie McCue. Only moments later, I received my own award for most improved player from that season. And a couple of weeks ago, I was appointed as the new captain for the Crocs, which is still very fresh and I am very proud of.

Favourite position and why?

Full back, hands down. There’s nothing quite like spoiling that perfect kick that would have led to a good mark by the full forward. I also like having the overview of the field and your teammates; it’s a good excuse to shout at them.

Teammates worst habit?

That’s a difficult question. Arguing with the umpire seems to be something that a couple of my teammates love to do, when they all know very well that it’s not going to bring any good. Save it for the breaks in between quarters. Also, I should listen to my own advice.

Best attribute of your game?

I never give up and I never let go, no matter how far we are behind or how outclassed I am at the position I am playing in. Always going for the ball would be another one.

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