Shem Tatupu up for the challenge at Hawthorn

IT’S HARD to imagine what it’s like for a 17 year old coming to a new country to play a game so foreign to him, particularly when it’s a game Australians have all grown up watching and playing since they were kids.
But that’s the challenge…

08 Aug 10:32 AM 0 Read More...

Kiwis shine at Australian National U-16 Champs

New Zealanders performed well at the NAB Australian National Under 16 Championships. Representing South Pacific, New Zealander players showed they are constantly improving, and could be in contention for coveted international scholarships.

Te Rei Clark of Whangarei Boys High School is one such Kiwi who is making his mark on…

18 Jul 9:51 AM 0 Read More...

Hawthorn scholarship holder Siope Ngata shines at NAB U16 Champs

Round 2 saw the South Pacific take on the World XVIII.
The South Pacific team fought very hard all day. Never giving up and took some huge steps forward in their development and learning of the game. A galant effort for the only team at the tournament learning their football…

12 Jul 10:48 AM 0 Read More...

NAB AFL National U16 Championships Underway

NAB AFL National Under 16 Championships have started with 8 New Zealand boys representing in the U16 South Pacific Side.
Kade Riddell, Ben Middleton, Kieran Brunel, Stormy Reti, Te Rei Clark, Walter Fifita (pictured above), Siope Ngata, Tevita Misiloi

All NZ players were selected from the AFL NZ High Performance…

09 Jul 2:35 PM 0 Read More...

2014 International Cup dates confirmed

The AFL is pleased to announce the 2014 International Cup will be held in Melbourne from Saturday August 9 to Saturday August 23 2014.
The fifth International Cup carnival will include two AFL curtain-raiser matches, matches played at AFL and VFL venues, a men’s and women’s competition…

18 Jun 5:41 PM 0 Read More...

Hawthorn's Mark Mckenzie on Shem Tatupu

Hawthorn Recruiting and Special Projects Manager, Mark Mckenzie, gives an update on the progress of Shem Tatupu…

13 Jun 2:15 PM 0 Read More...

NZ Hawks U18 Training Squad

The Wider U18 NZ Hawks Squad 2013 has been selected.
The Squad has been selected through the AFLNZ Combine Programme, NZ Hawks High Performance Programme as well as participation in the AFLNZ U18 National Championships held in Wellington.

The Squad commences regional training in late August in preparation to be…

09 May 2:55 PM 0 Read More...

League star Tony Tatupu's son soars

With a Sherrin wedged under his right bicep and sporting Hawthorn’s team colours, Shem Tatupu, a year 13 student at St Peters College in Mt Eden, Auckland, sets off on a primary school visit in Melbourne – an exercise in winning young hearts and minds.
Not that the kids need…

06 May 2:48 PM 0 Read More...

NZ Hawks vs South Pacific Series Awards

The series between the Hawks and the South Pacific Academy concluded with an awards ceremony. For a series played in such a good spirit, it was fitting that the teams recognised their opposition with awards.
The presentation began with a speech from AFLNZ CEO Rob Vanstam. He saluted both teams…

30 Apr 10:29 AM 0 Read More...

Hawks make it two from two

Played at Hutt Park in Wellington the NZ Hawks went into the game looking to take the series after winning the first game on ANZAC Day at Wellington Stadium. As many observers noted, both teams were playing two games. One with the wind and one against it.
A reasonable crowd…

30 Apr 10:14 AM 0 Read More...

Under 18 Tournament Review

The U-18 Lightning Cup is one of the many initiatives undertaken by AFLNZ that will grow the sport in New Zealand. More than 50 of the best schoolboy footy players in the country converged on Wellington, eager to test and develop their skills.
The potential rewards for players at…

27 Apr 10:54 AM 1 Read More...

St Kilda sign Porirua teen on scholarship

Porirua teenager Joe Baker-Thomas didn’t think he would be able to sleep last night after becoming the first Kiwi to receive an international rookie scholarship from St Kilda.
The 16-year-old hadn’t played a single game of AFL before this month but he caught the eye…

26 Apr 10:08 AM 0 Read More...