5 talking points: Round 7
29 Mar, 2018
In a new addition to the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership, each week we will delve into some of the key talking points from the previous round.
In this week’s talking points we talk about the Giants defensive record, development round and who will win the dreaded wooden spoon in 2018?
They’ve done it!
The Central Giants have won the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership in style as they became the first team to wrap up the competition before the final round.
The Giants have been the most dominant side all season in both attack and defence and will now focus their attention on winning their remaining two games to become the first side to go through a season undefeated.
If they can keep their core players and draft well in 2019, they will be hard to stop and could easily go back to back.
Race for the spoon.
The Northern Suns and Southern Saints are in the race for the dreaded wooden spoon in 2018.
The two sides will meet in Round 8 on April 8th and if the Suns can notch a victory over the Saints they will be equal on points which means it will come down to the last round on April 15th to decide the wooden spoon for the 2018 season.
Giants defensive King’s!
The Central Giants defensive efforts each week are phenomenal as they concede an average of 32 points per game.
In 2017, the Southern Saints only conceded 313 points for the entire season at an average of 34.7 points per game. The Giants have conceded 226 points so far and are on track to concede the least amount of points in the competitions history.
Development round a huge positive.
With the development round done and dusted, all will agree that the next generation of Premiership superstars have a tonne of talent.
All 16 development players from the AFL New Zealand Youth Academy were divided up into the four Premiership teams and didn’t disappoint.
Manny Snooks (pictured above) put on another solid performance and will head into next year’s national draft as the favourite to be pick number 1.
Former NZ Star a late shot at the boot.
Southern Saints forward and 2005 International Cup star Alex Fakatoumafi has kicked 7 goals in his past 2 games and has his heart set on chasing down James McKenzie for the title of Golden Boot.
If Fakatoumafi can replicate his form over the past two weeks into the final two rounds, he might just make a late run and push McKenzie for the title.
*The views expressed in this in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of AFL New Zealand.