Cantabrian, Andrew Howison will lead the Southern Saints for the 2022 AFL New Zealand Premiership season.
A vastly experienced captain and one of New Zealand’s core players, he returns home to Captain the Saints off the back of a victory in the 2021 Premiership, co-captaining the Central Giants.
Current Captain of the New Zealand Falcons, Howison’s international experience saw him star in all five games at the 2017 International Cup and was rewarded with being named the Captain of the World side announced at the Cup Gala Dinner held at the Crown Palladium. This was his second inclusion into the World Team after his first selection in 2014.
“It’s a great honor to join the Southern Saints for the 2022 AFLNZ Premiership season. To have a team based in Christchurch is huge for Canterbury footy and is a credit to both AFLNZ and the Canterbury AFL for developing the game and the playing stocks in the region. It will be great to showcase the talent that NZ footy has to offer when we get to host our home games.”
During his five years based in Melbourne he was awarded Best on Ground for Oakleigh Districts in their Premiership win in 2015. Their first win in 30 years. He then moved to the Dromana Club in the Mornington League where once again he achieved a premiership with his new club in both 2018 and 2019.
“To be able to put combinations together out on the park is massive. It will greatly improve the continuity and quality of the performances on the field and galvanise the group off it. It will put us in a good position to challenge at the right time of the year.”
He has also featured regularly in the annual announcement of the AFL New Zealand Heritage team and also received three consecutive Senior player of the year awards with his captaincy and leadership making him a well-respected member of the AFL community.
A member of the CAFL Mid Canterbury Eagles undefeated Premiership team in 2020, Howison was optimistic with the massive changes occurring within the AFL New Zealand Premiership.