AFLNZ Academy to host Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League
23 Jan, 2019
The Level 1 and 2 AFL New Zealand Academy will play a two game series against the Mornington Peninsula BlueScope Steelers from Victoria in Auckland in early April.
The Australian based League will travel from the heartland of AFL in Victoria for this will established tour itinerary.
A Youth Girls side from Mornington will also make the trip over and compete in a series against the New Zealand Youth Girls.
The Mornington Peninsula BlueScope Steelers return to New Zealand for the third year and the League is looking forward to the trip back to Aotearoa. The tour has previously held significant links to the ANZAC spirit, accentuating the links that exist between New Zealand and Australia over our histories.
President of the region Andrew Souter and his Committee, has been successful in creating an annual fixture between the six competing teams and has formed some close bonds with his New Zealand partners over the past three tours.
The tour will have a variety of cultural, football and friendship experiences available to the travelling teams.
The itinerary will include;
Friday April 5th:
- A welcome function on arrival to unite New Zealand and Mornington participants in preparation for the tour ahead
Saturday April 6th:
- Game 1 at QBE Stadium
- Attendance at the AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards Function
Sunday April 7th:
- Sightseeing in Auckland
- Attendance at AFL New Zealand Premiership matches
Monday April 8th:
- Game 2 at QBE Stadium
All games will be played at QBE Stadium in Albany on Auckland North Shore. With the travelling supporter base continuing to grow, healthy crowds are expected.
Event ticketing details for supporters, outside of official touring parties, will be provided in the near future.
Following on from the International weekend, AFL New Zealand will have an Under 18 National team travel to Mornington in Melbourne where they will firstly link with Mornington League, before playing a game against local opposition and a chance to visit the home of AFL for a great experience.