Why is Fremantle Dockers star Caleb Serong sporting different colours?

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VideoWatch as Nat Fyfe announces teammate Caleb Serong as the best young player, as voted by AFL players.

These aren’t the colours we’re used to seeing Fremantle young gun Caleb Serong in - but don’t fear Dockers fans - he’s not leaving.

The 2020 Rising Star’s stellar debut season has reached another impressive height, taking out Curtin University’s top Sportsman of the Year award.

The 19-year-old, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin, took out the men’s top individual honour, while West Coast Fever goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld was crowned Sportswoman of the Year.

Teague-Neeld is also studying at the university, completing a Bachelor of Science.

The awards meant the star duo temporarily swapped colours for the night, as they were presented with the prestigious blazers.

“Caleb Serong’s first year in the AFL has been outstanding,” Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery said.

“Debuting in round four of the 2020 AFL season with the Fremantle Football Club, Caleb was awarded the NAB Rising Star award after playing 14 games with the Fremantle Dockers.

“Alice Teague-Neeld flourished in the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Season, after arriving in Western Australia at the end of 2018.

“She had a strong season with the West Coast Fever, which gained her selection in the Australian Development squad.”

Both athletes completed lengthy hub stints in Queensland throughout 2020, making their juggle between studies and their professional sport requirements all the more impressive.

Serong’s two awards this year cap off a stellar 12 months since he moved to Western Australia, after he was taken with pick nine in the 2019 draft.

Caleb Serong of the Dockers handballs during the round 18 AFL match.
Camera IconCaleb Serong of the Dockers handballs during the round 18 AFL match. Credit: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

The gun midfielder previously admitted he wasn’t too sure what to expect in his new home town, having never visited Perth before he moved.

“I’ve loved this season, coming to the club I wasn’t sure what to expect but everyone from the top down has embraced me and really welcomed me so amazingly,” Serong said.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect having not being to Perth before.

“I came over on the flight in November and I’ve absolutely loved it. I love the place, the football club, all the staff have been great and I can’t thank them enough.”

Decorated gymnast Lauren Mitchell was also honoured with Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Athlete Alumni Induction.

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