AFLNZ Fixture release

05 Feb, 2016

The 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership is almost upon us and the fixtures have been finalised. Four teams will compete in the Premiership Season based at North Harbour Stadium with a 9 round schedule culminating in late April.

The Inaugural game will feature the Central Giants go up against the Southern Saints (Kick off 11.45am), followed by the Western Crows and the Northern Suns (Kick off 1.45pm).

The Saints, who are lead by head coach Andrew Congalton is a well known and respected member of the International football community. The current Senior AFL New Zealand coach, he has a history with New Zealand representative teams that spans back more than a decade. He captained New Zealand in both the 2005 and 2008 International Cups, leading New Zealand to victory in the 2005 campaign and also selected in the World Team in both these campaigns.

For the Giants, Shannon Wall is the current New Zealand Under 16 Coach and  is obviously well versed at developing young talent. This is very evident through the success he achieved with St Kilda Football Clubs first International Scholarship signing, Joe Baker Thomas. The procession of young talent and their continued improvement in the Wellington region have all passed through Walls guidance at some point.

His success with the younger age group will to some extent benefit other teams other than the Central Giants when it comes time for the New Zealand National Draft but this is not Walls concern. “I’m looking forward to the success of all the players in the AFL New Zealand Premiership. If we as coaches can assist with the players development then I have done my job. I am likely to be able to reacquaint with some of the players I coached two and three years ago and so I can’t wait for the challenge.”

The Premiership is seen as the perfect opportunity for a higher level competition providing an extension to the traditional regional league seasons spanning between August to December each year.

 

Round 1: Sunday February 14th

Game 1: 11.45amSouthern Saints 2VSCentral Giants
Game 2: 1.45pmWestern Crows - white borderVSNorthern Suns

Round 2: Sunday February 21st

Game 1: 11.45amCentral GiantsVSWestern Crows - white border
Game 2: 1.45pmSouthern Saints 2VSNorthern Suns

Round 3: Sunday February 28th

Game 1: 11.45amCentral GiantsVSNorthern Suns
Game 2: 1.45pmSouthern Saints 2VSWestern Crows - white border

Round 4: Sunday March 6th

Game 1: 11.45amCentral GiantsVSSouthern Saints 2
Game 2: 1.45pmNorthern SunsVSWestern Crows - white border

Round 5: Sunday March 13th

Game 1: 11.45amWestern Crows - white borderVSSouthern Saints 2
Game 2: 1.45pmNorthern SunsVSCentral Giants

Round 6: Sunday March 20th

Game 1: 11.45amWestern Crows - white borderVSCentral Giants
Game 2: 1.45pmSouthern Saints 2VSNorthern Suns

Round 7: Sunday April 3rd

Game 1: 11.45amNorthern SunsVSSouthern Saints 2
Game 2: 1.45pmCentral GiantsVSWestern Crows - white border

Round 8: Sunday April 10th

Game 1: 11.45amWestern Crows - white borderVSSouthern Saints 2
Game 2: 1.45pmCentral GiantsVSNorthern Suns

Round 9: Sunday April 17th

Game 1: 11.45amSouthern Saints 2VSCentral Giants
Game 2: 1.45pmNorthern SunsVSWestern Crows - white border

 

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