Senior New Zealand Hawks
The New Zealand Hawks represents AFL New Zealand as its premier team. The national senior team is generally selected from the annual National Provincial Championships to be held this year in Christchurch on December 7th and 8th 2013. They also play against a selection of touring Australian teams as well as South Pacific nations.
The New Zealand Hawks were last winners of the International Cup in 2005 defeating Papua New Guinea in the grand final played at the MCG in front of 30,000 people.
After a 3rd place finish at the 2014 International Cup the NZ Hawks next scheduled fixture is against the AFL Academy at Westpac Stadium to be played on April 24th 2015.
New Zealand Hawks Under 18’s
The New Zealand Under 18 team is selected from the Under 18 National Championships held in April every year. The team then competes against a touring Australian team in October each year.
New Zealand Hawks Under 17’s
The New Zealand Under 17 team is a new inclusion to the High Performance Programme and will look to schedule matches within Australia in the near future.
Players from the Under 17 team are eligible for selection in the South Pacific team to compete in the Australian Under 18 Championships played annually.
New Zealand Hawks Under 16’s
The New Zealand Under 16’s is selected from the Hawks Cup Secondary Schools competition held in the last term each year as well as talent identification carried out through the AFL New Zealand Combine Programme. The team is finalised at the Under 16 National Championships held in March every year. The major tournament that the Under 16 team competes in is the “Oceania Tournament” involving Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.
The next scheduled fixtures are due to take place against a touring Southern Saints team from South East, Victoria. The 2 game series take place on Friday 24th April and Sunday 26th April. Both games take place at Hutt Park in Wellington.