Young, talented athletes based in Auckland who are involved in the AFL New Zealand Academy and born in 1998 or younger will be selected from Category 4 in the upcoming AFL New Zealand National Draft.
The AFL New Zealand Academy was launched in Auckland and Wellington in February 2015 and was created to provide a pathway for athletes to excel through AFL.
Rosehill College student Zeon McNabb is a star on the rise. The mobile midfielder is NZ’s version of Nat Fyfe and at only 17 years old McNabb is a leader on the field for the Manurewa Raiders in the Auckland AFL competition. He has represented the NZ Hawks U16 side on multiple campaigns and backs himself to kick a goal or two in each game he plays.
Carlos Donnell-Brown has achieved a lot in his short time involved with AFL. Donnell-Brown captained the Green Bay High School AFL team to victory in the 2015 Senior Hawks Cup secondary School competition. To add to that, he was named Vice-Captain and player of the tournament during the U16 NZ Hawks tour to Sydney earlier this year. The hard running midfielder is highly skilled and determined, which saw him get a call up to play for the senior NZ Hawks against the AFL Academy on Westpac Stadium over ANZAC weekend in 2015.
Seb Serrano is another young up and coming star in the AFL community. Currently attending Sacred Heart College in Auckland, Serrano is a fast midfielder who seems to cover everywhere on the field. University Blues Coach Chris Mundell (the team in which Serrano plays) can see a lot of potential for this young footy player. “Seb is really hard at the footy and one of the fittest in our team. Once he develops his kicking skills, he will be the complete player.”