2018 Youth competition ends on a high

18 Dec, 2018

The 2018 AFL New Zealand Youth Competition has drawn to a close after an exciting final week in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury over the weekend. The competition commenced in October and has been a huge success in introducing the game of AFL to new boys and girls in all three regions.

 

In the Auckland competition, George Smith from the U12’s continued his superb form as he has done for most of the season, leading the Giants to a seven goal victory. Smith was awarded the player of the day along with Alex Tucker from the Bulldogs.

The U15 and Female grade combined for their last game of the season and it was a tight finish with the Lions holding on to record a six point win.  Drew Clemas and Georgia Leonard were named the Lions best on the day while Danielle Hannah and Kylie McGahan picked up the award for the Bulldogs.

Flynn Cochrane kicked four goals as the Crows defeated the Suns in the U17 grade. Cochrane teamed with Luke Lentner (two goals) to secure the 17 point win.

In Wellington, the Giants romped home to record nine goal win over the Saints. Sam Lightfoot and Carter Lowther were awarded the player of the day for the Giants and for the Saints, Izzy Goodwin and Toby Devine were best.

The game in Canterbury saw the Giants record a 30 point win over the Suns. Young Jacob Nyman was in superb form for the Giants picking up the player of the day award. Quinn Richards White had a stellar game for the Suns and was their best on the day.

 

Auckland

Player of the day:

Giants: George Smith

Bulldogs: Alex Tucker

Player of the day:

Lions: Drew Clemas & Georgia Leonard

Bulldogs: Danielle Hannah & Kylie McGahan

Player of the day:

Suns: Ronan Morling 

Crows: Liam Mayes

 

Wellington

Player of the day:

Giants: Sam Lightfoot & Carter Lowther

Saints: Izzy Goodwin & Toby Devine

 

Canterbury

Player of the day:

Suns: Quinn Richards White

Giants: Jacob Nyman

 

Over the course of the competition coaches have been voting for their Best and Fairest players each week and the winners were announced during the presentations.

 

Best and Fairest winners: 

Auckland U12: George Smith

 

Auckland U15: Mia Kennedy-Nicholas

 

Auckland Female 16 & Over: Kylie McGahan

 

Auckland U17 Boys: Xavier Bryham

 

Wellington U15: Carter Lowther

 

Wellington U17: Jadyn Robson

 

Canterbury U15: Cameron Howison

 

Canterbury U17: Luke De Roo

 

AFL New Zealand would like to thank everyone involved in the 2018 Youth competition.

To all the players, parents, volunteers and umpires, we couldn’t have done it without you and look forward to bringing you a bigger and better competition when it all starts again in October 2019.

 

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