2018 ANZAC wider senior squad announced

20 Feb, 2018

AFL New Zealand has identified 45 athletes for wider squad selection for the New Zealand National Senior team in 2018.


Head coach Rob Malone is intent in selecting the best possible team for the ANZAC campaign in April.

“The AFL New Zealand senior team is again looking forward to playing the AFL Academy at Westpac stadium in April. The NZ players always look forward to this unique challenge and testing their abilities against the highly skilled elite Aussie boys. Our players also take great interest in watching the progress of some of the talented boys who have progressed to the AFL system after playing in this fixture in the past.

The NZ team will be a healthy balance of experienced players who have regularly represented NZ and some exciting young players who have worked their way through the AFL New Zealand development pathway and who will be exposed to this standard for the first time. All players who take the field will be committed both physically and mentally to being “the best they can be” and continually improving. The NZ game style will be a continuation of what was implemented for the last year’s game and the 2017 International Cup where the team narrowly lost the Grand final to PNG by 1 point on the MCG.”


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The 2018 campaign will be against the AFL Academy team to be played at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and will commence at 11.30am on Tuesday April 24th 2018.


Congratulations to everyone involved in the initial selection.


The wider New Zealand Senior Squad is as follows;

Full Name:Club:Region:
Alex AwatereNorth City DemonsWellington
Alistair Maisey                                   Mt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Andrew Howison                                             Dromana FCMelbourne
Andriu Sucu                                        North Shore TigersNorth Harbour
Barclay Miller                                                     St Kilda FcMelbourne
Blake Nahu                                         Central GiantsWaikato
Brad Mavor                                        Christchurch BulldogsCanterbury
Braedyn Collins                                 Central GiantsNorth Harbour
Brendan Clark      Hinterland Blues FCSunshine Coast
Carlos Donnell-Brown                    Waitakere MagpiesWaitakere
Christian Blackie                               Otago RiotOtago
Craig Morgan                                     Hutt Valley EaglesWellington
Dean Staunton     Southern Districts FCNorthern Territory
Declan Honan-Crann                                     Waitakere MagpiesWaitakere
Harison Manks                                University Blues Auckland
Heta Scarf Matthews                     Otago RiotAuckland
Jackson Clince                                   North Shore TigersNorth Harbour
Jacob Tucker                                    North Shore TigersNorth Harbour
James Dakin                                       Central GiantsAuckland
James Kusel                                       Hutt Valley EaglesWellington
James McKenzie                              Mt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Jay Johnson                                        Eastern BluesCanterbury
Joe Baker Thomas  Pakenham FCMelbourne
Joel Brown                                         Manurewa RaidersCounties Manukau
Jonathan Macanawai  Western MagpiesBrisbane
Joseph Alesich-TamarikiNorth Shore TigersNorth Harbour
Josh Allen                                            Northern Suns Bay of Plenty
Josh Copeland                                  Waitakere MagpiesWaitakere
Josh Cunliffe                                     North Shore TigersNorth Harbour
Josh Mackie                                       Otago RiotOtago
Josh Morgan-Ranui                         North City DemonsWellington
Lachlan Argus           Aspley HornetsBrisbane
Matthew Argus             Aspley HornetsBrisbane
Michael Boyce                                   Mt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Misilifi Faimalo                                  North City DemonsWellington
Mykelti Lefau                                                    Casey DemonsMelbourne
Ronald Fuschtei                                     North Adelaide FCAdelaide
Samuel McKenzie                            Mt Roskill SaintsAuckland
Shane Leat                                          Waitakere MagpiesWaitakere
Simon Black                                                       Brisbane LionsBrisbane
Steph Tabaillou                                University Blues Auckland
Tayne Lockwood                             North City DemonsNelson
Te Kopa Tipene Thomas                North Shore TigersWaikato
Tim Stokes                                          University Blues Auckland
Ty Smith                                               North Shore TigersNorth Harbour
Will Gregson                                                    Dromana FCMelbourne
Will KemptWellington City SaintsWellington


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