2020 vision: NZ Captain commits to next International Cup
10 Jul, 2018
New Zealand Senior Captain Andrew Howison has pledged his commitment to be apart of the next AFL International Cup campaign set for August 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
After New Zealand’s tough one point loss to Papua New Guinea in the 2017 International Cup Grand Final in August last year, the 28 year old is eager to make amends and bring the cup back to New Zealand for the first time in 15 years.
Leading from the front, Howison starred in all five games at the 2017 International Cup and was rewarded with being named the Captain of the World side. The selection was made through umpire votes, official team votes and the views of the AFL International Cup Selection Panel and was announced at the 2017 International Cup Gala Dinner held at the Crown Palladium. This was his second inclusion into the World Team after his first selection in 2014.
“The opportunity to play at another International Cup would be amazing. Getting so close in 2017 really fuels the fire to go around again and I am really looking forward to the development of some of the young guys coming through over the next couple of years, heading into that preparation.”
“You only have to look at the recent U18 success in Australia to see that a few of those guys could really make an impact in 2020.”
Originally hailing from Canterbury, Andrew Howison now resides in Melbourne where he was awarded Best on Ground for Oakleigh Districts in their Premiership win in 2015. Their first win in 30 years. He has also featured regularly in the annual announcement of the AFL New Zealand Heritage team and also received three consecutive Senior player of the year awards with his captaincy and leadership making him a well respected member of our community.
For the Melbourne based New Zealand captain, he understands how important the sport is to the local Melbournians. Howison’s dream is that his side of battling Kiwis can put their own stamp on the game just as Kiwi’s have done with many sports in the past.