AFLNZ U16 National Championships 2013

Wellington will once again be AFL central in New Zealand this weekend with Under 16 players coming together from around the country to play in the AFLNZ U16 National Championships.
The cream of New Zealands under 16 talent, identified by AFLNZ talent scouts, have been organised into regional teams to…

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Hawks turn their sights to NZ as a happy hunting ground

Hawthorn is looking to our side of the Tasman for teenage rookies.
THE AFL will play the first game in New Zealand for premiership points this year, but for four years Hawthorn has been steadily mining Kiwi talent.

While St Kilda will pioneer games in New Zealand, Hawthorn has been…

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Melbourne Demons sign Maia Westrupp

The Melbourne Demons have signed their first international scholarship player, claiming  Maia Westrupp of Whakatane.

Formerly a New Zealand junior volleyballer and tennis representative, and regional rugby player, the 18 year-old was identified by new national recruiting manager Jason Taylor during his recent AIS trip to New Zealand.

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Hawks sign Siope Ngata

HAWTHORN has added to its crop of International Scholarship holders by signing promising 15 year old Kiwi youngster, Siope Ngata.

Known for his athletic ability and sideways movement, Ngata caught the eye of Hawks recruiters during testing in New Zealand, where the two attributes shone.

An accomplished athlete, Ngata won…

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AFL 'not trying to take over New Zealand'

THE AFL isn’t trying to compete head-on with rugby union and league for talent in New Zealand, national talent manager Kevin Sheehan says.

Singing a remarkably similar tune to the code’s western Sydney songsheet, Sheehan says the AFL is just looking to provide another choice for talented…

26 Jan 8:31 AM 0 Read More...

Aussie Rules spreads wings

Had it been in Melbourne there would have been nothing out of the ordinary about the scene at ASB Arena yesterday.

Excited talent scouts, three testing stations, a bunch of St Kilda’s AFL stars and 40 young hopefuls punching and kicking red Sherrin balls.

Thick Aussie twangs extolled the…

25 Jan 11:43 AM 0 Read More...

Inaugural NZ Combine a success

The inaugural New Zealand Hawks AFL Combine wound up yesterday at the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington with some outstanding results from several attendees.

Boys aged from 14-18 were flown into Wellington from around the country with the intention of impressing recruiters from Australian AFL teams.

The boys were…

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Australia v New Zealand this Saturday the 26th!

12 months ago the match played between the AIS/AFL Academy and New Zealand Hawks at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium initiated the first ever contest between Australian and New Zealand representative teams in the sport of AFL.

The victory to the Australian team was not the desired result for the…

19 Jan 1:44 PM 0 Read More...

New Zealand Hawks team to play AIS AFL Academy announced

The New Zealand Hawks team to play the visiting AIS AFL Academy side at Westpac Stadium on Saturday the 26th of January has been announced. Check out the programme below to see the full team list as well as the visitors.

The AIS team arrived today in Wellington from Australia…

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National Combine Attendees announced

The New Zealand Hawks National Combine is to be held on Thursday the 24th of January at the ASB Indoor Stadium in Wellington. The combine will be just one part of a showcase week for AFL New Zealand, tying in with a Community Camp with St Kilda Football Club and…

18 Jan 2:06 PM 0 Read More...

Hawks commit to Shem Tatupu

HAWTHORN has strengthened its New Zealand ties, committing to listing rugby player Shem Tatupu as an international rookie this year.

Tatupu is not eligible to join the Hawks’ list until the end of 2013 but has agreed to a three-year contract following the draft, taking the 17-year-old…

09 Jan 9:31 PM 1 Read More...