National Championships

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The Senior National Provincial Championships (NPC) held annually, is to determine the best Australian Football League in New Zealand at a senior level.

Teams from Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland, and Otago compete for national honours and the opportunity to be selected in New Zealand national teams. The 2015 Senior NPC Championships will be held on the weekend of December 5th and 6th at Parrs Park in Auckland.

NPC Draw

Saturday 5th December:

11.00am:              Wellington vs Otago

12.30pm:             Auckland vs Canterbury

3.00pm:                Otago vs  Auckland

4.30pm:                Canterbury vs Wellington

6.30pm:                Evening function

Sunday 6th December:

11.00am:              Canterbury vs Otago

12.30pm:             Auckland vs Wellington

2.30pm:                Presentations

Past Winners:

2014: Canterbury    2013: Auckland    2012: Canterbury    2011: Canterbury

2010: Canterbury    2009: Auckland    2008: Auckland    2007: Auckland

Map:

Tournament Information

The Senior National Provincial Championship tournament is to be held in Auckland at Parrs Park, Oratia on December 5th and 6th 2015.

Provided below is a summary or running sheet of responsibilities for the tournament to assist with your organisations as we prepare.

Each section will have relevance to different groups and I have highlighted action points accordingly.

Tournament Costs:

Each Provincial League will be levied $500 (excl. GST) for entry costs for the National Provincial Competition. All invoices are to be paid by October 30th 2015 to secure participation. The leagues acceptance to participate must be forwarded via email to football@aflnz.co.nz by 31st of August 2015.

Alcohol Policy:

Each League must have in place an alcohol policy relating to the 2015 Senior NPC Tournament.

Under 18 participation:

All players aged under 18 as of November 13th 2015, must have written consent from their parents to compete in the Senior NPC tournament. The consent form must include recognition from the parents of the alcohol policy utilised by the league as well as medical consent. A template can be forwarded from AFLNZ on request at hawkscup@aflnz.co.nz

Team Management:

All Leagues are required to forward details of team management staff including Coach/ Assistant Coaches/Team Manager/ Runners and Medical Staff to hawkscup@aflnz.co.nz by October 30th 2015. Please nominate an individual from each league for further communication.

Costs associated with team medical supplies, medical kits, physiotherapists are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting.

There will be no managers meeting preceding the matches. Please work on getting all the questions out of the way now before the tournament commences.

Team Squads:

A team squad list should be forwarded to AFL New Zealand by November 6th  2015, with a finalised team list required by November 13th for programme completion. All players who have lived or played football in Australia must also be noted.

Each squad will have a minimum of 24 players and a maximum of 26 players for the tournament. 18 players will participate on field with the bench consisting of 6 players. Benches can be extended only if agreed upon by both team coaches and tournament director advisement.

Flights:

Costs associated with flights are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting. Internet fares are generally the cheapest and the earlier the flights are booked, the cheaper they will be. With the new fast check in facilities available at all airports, counter check in and identification are only needed for those with more than hand luggage.

Please see below suggested Flight options for each league:

Wellington:

Saturday 5th December: Wellington-Auckland

Depart: 7.00am Arrive: 8.05am – $59 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Depart: 7.45am Arrive: 8.50am – $69 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Sunday 6th December: Auckland-Wellington

Depart: 6.45pm Arrive: 7.50pm – $69 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Depart: 8.00pm Arrive: 9.05pm – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Jetstar

Canterbury:

Saturday 5th December: Christchurch-Auckland

Depart: 6.30am Arrive: 7.50am – $65 (prices as of 30/6/15) Jetstar

Depart: 7.55am Arrive: 9.15am – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Sunday 6th December: Auckland-Christchurch

Depart: 4.45pm Arrive: 6.10pm – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Depart: 6.35pm Arrive: 8.00pm – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Depart:7 .05pm Arrive: 8.30pm – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand

Otago:

Friday 4th December: Dunedin-Auckland

Depart: 6.55pm Arrive: 9.40pm – $114 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand (1 stop)

Depart: 4.30pm Arrive: 6.15pm – $89 (prices as of 30/6/15) Jetstar

Sunday 6th December: Auckland-Dunedin

Depart: 5.50pm Arrive: 7.40pm – $109 (prices as of 30/6/15) Jetstar

Depart: 4.45pm Arrive: 8.00pm – $79 (prices as of 30/6/15) Air New Zealand (1 stop)

Bus Transport:

AFL New Zealand is happy to assist with the coordination of ground transportation.  Before this can happen we will require details of flights and accommodation and on receipt we can supply estimated costs to the participating leagues. Flight times will be required by October 30th 2015.

Accommodation:

Costs associated with accommodation are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting.

Suggested Accomodation in Auckland:

College Rifles Sports:                      http://www.collegerifles.co.nz/college-rifles/accommodation1/

Takapuna Motor Lodge:                www.takapunamotorlodge.co.nz

Lincoln Green:                                  www.lincolngreen.co.nz    

Millennium Institute:                     http://www.autmillennium.org.nz/accommodation-conference/accommodation

Hobson Motor Inn:                         http://www.hobson.co.nz

Meals:

Costs associated with meals are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting.

There will be a compulsory group meal scheduled at 6.30pm on Saturday December 5th 2015 that caters for all players, team management and tournament officials. The cost of the meal will be $30 + GST per person with each League invoiced for a minimum of 20 attendees.

Team Managers are to advise of meals required by November 13th 2015. Other meals that require organisation include Sunday breakfast and lunch. Catering contacts will be provided to the leagues to assist with organisation.

Uniforms and Playing Equipment and resources:

Costs associated with uniforms and playing equipment are the responsibility of those competing and attending the tournament. It is important that team management and players are made aware of these responsibilities at your first meeting. Any team desiring to vary or alter its colours, uniform or design shall first apply for and obtain the permission from via football@aflnz.co.nz . All jumpers must display numbers on the back.

Drink bottles, footballs and medical kits are resources that each League and Club should have available for use.

Please note: Each League is to provide a new KB Sherrin Football for the tournament.

Trophies:

A ‘Best and fairest’ trophy will be arranged for each competing team as well as a:

  • Tournament Best and Fairest
  • Tournament Leading goal kicker
  • NPC Tournament Winners trophy

Umpires:

All NPC matches require two goal umpires, two field umpires, and two boundary umpires. A panel of ten umpires in full uniform for the tournament would benefit all concerned with rostering between goal, boundary and field so we don’t have too many tired bodies.

Flights and accommodation for umpires will be catered for by AFL New Zealand with meal costs the responsibility of the individuals.cAvailable umpires – please contact football@aflnz.co.nz  regarding availability ASAP.

Grounds preparation:

AFL New Zealand to work in conjunction the host league and council

  • Line markings
  • Goal posts and erection
  • Goal post padding
  • Scoreboard
  • Umpires changing rooms
  • Changing rooms and showers for four teams
  • Public address system
  • Siren and time Keeping
  • A place close to the venue that can supply ice.
  • Presentation area for Sunday afternoon (rain option)
  • Rubbish bins
  • Team benches and seating (rain option)
  • Seating for officials, interchange steward, scoreboard attendant and administrators to be assessed.
  • Availability of food and drinks for sale at the ground

Local League Responsibilities – Auckland Australian Football League

Volunteer assistance in the following areas will aid the tournament greatly.

Ground Transportation for Umpires                                                                                        One Volunteer

Scoreboard Operator – Time Keeper – Siren                                                                         One Volunteer

Interchange steward – Scorecard, Goal Kicker / Best and Fairest Collection                 One Volunteer

Photographer                                                                                                                                 One Volunteer

Dressing room allocations                                                                                                           One Volunteer

Medical Personnel (Qualified)                                                                                                    One Volunteer

 

AFLNZ will work with AAFL for the provision of volunteer requirements

Tournament Rules

Times of commencement of matches:

At all matches played in the NPC competition, unless otherwise arranged, a siren or other approved device shall be sounded when the Umpires enter the ground and when the game is started. The siren or other approved device shall be again sounded at the proper time for the termination and announcement of each quarter and at the end of the match.

Playing time:

Each game will be played over four 15 minute quarters with NO time on except for stretchers. The breaks will be 5 minute (1/4 and 3/4 time break) with a 10 minute half time break.

Points allocation:

At the completion of the round robin the teams will be positioned firstly on games won and secondly on points for and against.

The following points will be allocated per match during the round robin: Winning team Four (4) points/ Losing team Zero (0) points/ Draw Two (2) points

Rules:

Normal game rules apply. The umpires prior to the game will advise of any variation.

Team sheets:

The finalised team squad will have been completed prior to the tournament including full names and jersey numbers of each player. Before each game the team manager will advise the tournament director who from the squad is not playing.

Full names of the official Team runners, Coach, Manager, Medical person and up to (3) official trainers or water carriers will also be provided prior to each game.

The balance of players not participating in the game are permitted to be utilised as runners provided their names have been provided prior to the match.

Ineligibility:

If a player is deemed ineligible to play and the team fails to comply with these rules, and the player participates in a match then their team shall lose all its points in that game. The Tournament Official will peruse each team’s list of players as submitted, or whenever requested to do so, to satisfy AFL New Zealand requirements that the lists are correct and will adjudicate in any areas of dispute by teams.

Official Runner:

Each team shall be entitled to use two (2) runners in each game.

Runners Obligations:

The runner’s role is solely to deliver messages from the coaching staff to players on the playing arena. The runner must immediately vacate the playing arena once the message has been delivered. The runner must not interfere with the course of play. This includes standing in and filling a space at set plays.

The runner is not permitted to coach or remain on the field barracking and will be asked to leave. If the runner fails to immediately respond to any request relating to the above points then a free kick may be awarded against his team at the spot of the infringement or where the ball is at that time, whichever is the greater penalty.

Only one runner from each team will be permitted entry to the playing arena at any one time. Access to and from the playing arena must be through the official interchange area in the same manner players are interchanged.

A runner must wear the required attire, as specified by the tournament official. Generally fluorescent yellow, green or orange is acceptable. A suspended player or nominated coach may not act as a club runner, trainer or water carrier.

Water carriers:

Each team shall be entitled to use three (3) water carriers in each game.

Water carriers obligations:

The water carrier’s role is solely to deliver water to players on the playing arena. The water carrier must immediately vacate the playing arena once water has been delivered. They must not interfere with the course of play. This includes standing in and filling a space at set plays.

The water carrier is not permitted to coach or remain on the field barracking and will be asked to leave. If the water carrier fails to immediately respond to any request relating to the above points then a free kick may be awarded against his team at the spot of the infringement or where the ball is at that time, whichever is the greater penalty.

A runner must wear the required attire, as specified by the tournament official. Generally fluorescent yellow, green or orange is acceptable. A suspended player or nominated coach may not act as a club runner, trainer or water carrier.

Drawn matches:

In the event of a draw both teams will receive 2 points. There will be no extra time.

Swearing, abuse and disputing decisions:

Any player swearing, abusing or disputing an umpiring decision will have a free kick awarded against his team. If a free kick has been awarded then a fifty metre penalty will apply.

Send off rule

The send-off rule will be in force during the NPC tournament.

The umpires will utilize the ‘send-off rule’ in cases of unduly rough play, repeated infringements, unsporting behaviour, fighting and melees. The card allocated will be determined by the umpires opinion on the severity of the infringement.

A yellow card will result in a player being sent from the field for a period of ten minutes. No substitute can be used to replace this player during the ten minute period.

A red card will result in a player being sent from the field for the remainder of the current match. No substitute can be used to replace this player for the remainder of the match.

Tribunal

Any player receiving a red card must face a tribunal hearing to determine his availability for the remainder of the tournament. The tribunal will consist of the Tournament Advisor.

Evidence is to be presented by the player red carded and the reporting umpire and third parties from the opposition team only if required. Both the umpire and player may have one representative present to speak on their behalf.