Northern Suns coach to return in 2018

David Abetz will remain as head coach of the Northern Suns for 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership Season.
 

Assistant Coach of the 2016 Premiership winners the Western Crows, Abetz took over the head coach role at the Suns at the start of the 2017 season and took them from…

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Youth competition breeds Premiership talent

The upcoming AFL New Zealand Youth competition has opened the door for many young athletes to shine in the AFL New Zealand Premiership.
 

The 2017 Youth season begins in Auckland and Wellington on October 29th and was created to compliment the pathway for participants to enjoy and excel in…

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Howie on the road to recovery ahead of National Draft

191cm Daniel Howie will be another name entered into this years AFL New Zealand National Draft on November 21st and will join a raft of young talent that will be looking to book a spot in one of the four AFL New Zealand Premiership sides in 2018. 
 

A development…

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Jones to enter National Draft after rapid rise

AFL New Zealand Academy talent Couper Jones will join the ever growing list of young stars in the AFL New Zealand National Draft.
 

After getting a taste of the AFL New Zealand Premiership as a development player earlier in the year, the highly skilled forward from Long Bay on…

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2017 AFL New Zealand Draft

The 2017 AFL New Zealand National Draft will take place November 21st and will see all players placed into one of five list categories. Highlighting the logistics of the competition and scheduling at QBE Stadium, the list categories are determined by national representation, age and regions throughout New Zealand.
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AFL New Zealand Premiership Honours Board

In the lead up to the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership, we have created an honours board that look back over the past two seasons of New Zealand’s Premier AFL competition. 
 
Premiers

AFL New Zealand Premiership Player of the Year

Best Attacking team

Best Defending team

All time…

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Hybrid Turf to feature in 2018 Premiership

The hybrid turf facility at QBE Stadium will once again be utilised during the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
 

The turf is the latest addition to QBE Stadium and features an artificial turf layer which allows grass to grow through from underneath. The type of turf is normally used…

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Tall talent to enter National Draft

194cm Will Kempt from Wellington will be hot property at this years AFL New Zealand National Draft to be held in November.
 

Playing as a development player in the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership, the 17 year old from the Wellington City Saints now classifies as a senior player…

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Magpies young gun joins the National Draft

2017 AFL Rising Star recipient Declan Crann will be added to the growing list of young talent entering the AFL New Zealand Premiership National Draft.
 

17 year old Declan Crann participated as a Development Player in the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership. Suffering an early season set back with…

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National Draft to feature Rapid Raiders star

St Peter’s College student Isaac Piper will be entered into the 2017 National Draft ahead of the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
 

It will be the first time the 17 year old will play in the the premier competition as a senior player after playing in the 2017…

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Who will stay? Who will go?

The Southern Saints will be most affected by changes to the Retained Players list for the upcoming 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
 

With the inclusion of the RPL Category 2 in the Retained Players List criteria for the upcoming 2018 season, each Premiership side will be able to retain…

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2018 AFLNZ Premiership retained players list explained

Following on from the AFL New Zealand Premiership, a “Retained Players List” has been added as an additional tool to create balance and competitiveness within the competition.
 

With study, work, injury and locational alterations playing a role in player availability from season to season, it is important that each…

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