2017 NZ Senior Squads named for ANZAC clash and International Cup
21 Feb, 2017
AFL New Zealand has identified 50 athletes for wider squad selection for the New Zealand Senior team in 2017.
The two campaigns will include ANZAC to be played at Westpac Stadium on April 24th 2017 and the International Cup in Melbourne in August 2017. The two campaigns will see their respective selection processes carried out independently of each other. Criteria for eligibility will vary for the two campaigns with considerations placed on performance, International Scholarship status and player development, all factors in selection.
Those involved in the initial squad who are not selected for the ANZAC campaign and fulfil the required criteria, will still have the opportunity to be selected for the International Cup.
In one month, additions and subtractions based on performance will be made for both campaigns. The availability of Australian based talent will also play a bearing on squad additions. Head coach Rob Malone is intent in selecting the best possible teams.
“Our target is to select the best possible team for New Zealand. The ability to add or delete names from the squad, will ensure competition for spots and show case who is willing to work hard to achieve final selection”.
The first campaign will be against the Australian Under 17 team to be played at Wellington Westpac Stadium and will commence at 11.30am on Monday April 24th 2017.
This will be followed by the International Cup in Melbourne with players arriving in Melbourne 4th August and departing 20th August 2017. New Zealand will play five games against International opposition including Papua New Guinea and Ireland with the final to be played in Melbourne with the final to be played at the MCG.
Current Central Giants coach Rob Malone will be joined by Justin Davies as his assistant as the New Zealand team prepares for the upcoming season. Coaching staff will be finalised over the coming weeks.
The wider New Zealand Senior Squad is as follows;
Region First Name Last Name Club
Brisbane Aaron Harris Coorparoo Kings
Brisbane Adam Simpson Springwood Pumas
Melbourne Andrew Howison Oakleigh Districts
Auckland Andriu Sucu North Shore Tigers
Melbourne Barclay Miller St Kilda Saints
Auckland Ben Hick University Blues
Canterbury Brad Mavor Christchurch Bulldogs
Brisbane Brandon Sucu Wilston Grange
Brisbane Brendan Clark Maroochydore Roos
Auckland Carlos Donnell-Brown Waitakere Magpies
Canterbury Charles Barnes Mid Canterbury Eagles
Otago Christian Blackie Otago Hoops
Wellington Craig Morgan Hutt Valley Eagles
Brisbane Dan Young Bond University
Auckland David Rattenbury Waitakere Magpies
Otago George Read Central Giants
Wellington Harison Manks Wellington City Saints
Otago Heta Scarf-Matthews Otago Riot
Auckland Jackson Clince North Shore Tigers
Wellington James Kusel Hutt Valley Eagles
Canterbury James Bowden Eastern Blues
Canterbury Jared Court Eastern Blues
Canterbury Jay Johnson Eastern Blues
Melbourne Joe Baker-Thomas St Kilda Saints
Auckland Jordan Drinkall University Blues
Wellington Josh Morgan-Ranui North City Demons
Otago Josh Mackie Otago Hoops
Auckland Josh Cunliffe North Shore Tigers
Auckland Joshua Copeland Waitakere Magpies
Canterbury Kyle Smith Christchurch Bulldogs
Auckland Liam McMaster University Blues
Auckland Liam Beattie University Blues
Auckland Maxwell Hicks Central Giants
Auckland Michael Boyce Mt Roskill Saints
Wellington Misilifi Faimalo North City Demons
Melbourne Mykelti Lefau Casey Demons
Auckland Nick Bailey Mt Roskill Saints
Wellington Peter Halstead Eastern Bulldogs
Auckland Samuel McKenzie Mt Roskill Saints
Auckland Shane Leat Waitakere Magpies
Brisbane Simon Black Brisbane Lions
Northland Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas North Shore Tigers
Auckland Tim Stokes University Blues
Auckland Ty Smith North Shore Tigers
Melbourne William Gregson Waitakere Magpies
Auckland William Dickinson Mt Roskill Saints