Black solidifies NZ midfield
20 Mar, 2018
Former Brisbane Lions superstar Simon Black will don the Silver Fern for the second year running when he takes the field with the New Zealand squad to play against the Australian AFL Academy team at Wellingtons Westpac Stadium.
Black’s association with AFL football in New Zealand has continued to grow over recent history. After his selection in the inaugural New Zealand Heritage team in 2013, the past four years he seen his role alter to a selector of the team in conjunction with fellow selectors Warren Jones and Wayne Schwass.
Simon Black received the honour of being selected in the AFL’s first ever Multicultural Team of Champions in 2013 with the announcement as part of the AFL’s Multicultural Round celebration. The team comprised the period 1896 – 2013 and in order to be considered for selection, players must meet similar criteria established for International representation in Rugby, League and Soccer and be born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas.
In 2017, Black made his debut for New Zealand and a made a big impact early on before suffering a hamstring injury during the second quarter. When the opportunity arose once again to pull on the Silver Fern, Black made it clear that he wanted to once again showcase his passion to represent his family and his heritage.
Black will be a go to player in the midfield which is choc full of talent in 2018.