Port Adelaide’s enigmatic archer showed there were more strings to his bow in 2020, building on his impressive debut season and showing why he was rated so highly by the club’s recruiting staff.
During his first season at AFL level, Duursma showcased his elite running ability, knack for getting forward and slotting a goal or two and, of course, his trademark bow and arrow goal celebration.
However, in 2020, the 20 year old began to show more levels to his game and a hardened edge that belies his boyish looks and long flowing locks. In Round 10 against the Bulldogs, Duursma went back with the flight against the bigger bodies of Josh Bruce and Tom Jonas to take a courageous mark. Meanwhile, his effort against Mark Blicavs in the Qualifying Final victory over Geelong speaks for itself.
In the greatest endorsement of how Duursma goes about it, retiring club legend Brad Ebert earmarked the fearless wingman as the heir apparent to his famous number seven guernsey.
- Rising Star nominee (Round 6, 2019)