Crows snap up 2019 Golden Boot winner
23 Oct, 2019
The Western Crows have retained experienced midfielders Shane Leat and Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas along with the addition of 2019 Golden Boot winner Sam Anderson for the upcoming Premiership competition.
The trio are players that classify under the Retained Players List (RPL) 1 category.
RPL 1 is the Retention of Auckland based players who have played for the New Zealand Senior team. (Up to 3 players retained).
Shane Leat has come a long way from his first experience playing AFL for Kelston Boys’ High School.
Now a regular in the Senior New Zealand set up, this speedy midfielder has been a key contributor to the Western Crows over the past four seasons and is always committed to the job. His next task is helping the Crows go back to back in season 2020.
In 2016, Shane was a winning member of the Inaugural AFL New Zealand Premiership Cup in April, followed later that year with further success captaining his local Auckland club side, the Waitakere Magpies to the AAFL Premiership in an undefeated season.
Te Kopa Tipene – Thomas
Western Crows superstar Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas will make his return to the Premiership side for his fifth consecutive season in 2020.
Originally hailing from Northland, Te Kopa was awarded the 2018 Senior Men’s player of the year at the AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards following a phenomenal year.
Representing New Zealand for the second time at the 2017 AFL International Cup, the midfielder’s exceptional performance earned him a spot in World Team as one of the best 22 players at the tournament.
Since his New Zealand debut in April 2013, he has carved out an impressive pathway through to the Senior New Zealand team, along the way captaining the U16 New Zealand side, and being recognised as the 2014 and 2015 U16 AFL New Zealand Player of the Year.
Sam Anderson burst on to the Premiership scene in 2019 after being selected by the Western Crows in last year’s draft.
The key forward surprised the competition with his strong contested marking and accurate boot in front of goal and led the Golden Boot for the majority of the season. He finished the season on 25 goals, 4 ahead of his nearest rival.
Anderson’s highlight during the season was his best on ground performance in the Grand Final as he finished with a 7 goal haul. More accolades followed as Sam was selected to make his debut for the New Zealand Falcons for their campaign against the AFL Academy at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.