Northern Suns select Misilifi Faimalo as their number 1

The Northern Suns have selected Misilifi Faimalo as their number 1 ‪AFL New Zealand draft selection ‪to play in the 2016 ‎AFL New Zealand Premiership.


(Richy) Misilifi Faimalo is an exciting young talent who is lightning fast on the footy field. Currently attending Porirua College in Wellington, the roving forward plays the game as if he has been playing for years. “Never has a New Zealand youth started playing the game and looked so natural from the beginning.” AFL New Zealand High Performance Manager Mick Coultard sees a lot of potential for this youngster in the future.

Misilifi Faimalo profile
Northern Suns first round draft pick Misilifi Faimalo

“I am really looking forward to having Misilifi in the Suns setup. Having worked with him in with NZ age group campaigns and seen his skills on on display at Youth nationals, the potential to develop him into a superstar is clearly evident and I’m hoping we can get that out of him come the premiership” Chris Mundell, Northern Suns Head Coach.

Training venues have been sourced in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin in preparation for  preseason training  commencing immediately for a season that will end on April 17th 2016.

For those based in regional areas including Rotorua, Northland and Queenstown, training programme have been developed to assist you remote training and where possible, specific coaching staff have been appointed to assist in remote areas.

Timing of weekly training sessions will also be scheduled when possible to allow for travel for regional players to incorporate games and weekend activities with training.


Phase 1 Training November 30th to December 18th 2015:

Include a skills and fitness assessment featuring 2 kilometre time trial, vertical leap, 20 metre sprint, height & weight measurements.

Phase 2 Training December 20th 2015 to January 19th 2016:

Provision of a fitness programme to undertake over the Christmas period during a 30 day, no contact period. Fitness assessments will be carried out at the return to normal training.

Phase 3 Training January 20th to Feb 13th 2016:

Fitness testing will be revisited for assessment and a further four weeks training prior to the commencement of the AFL New Zealand Premiership scheduled on February 14th 2016

Phase 4 Training Feb 14th to April 16th 2016:

Weekly sessions with those not participating in a specific round of scheduled weekend matches will be provided with an alternative sessions.

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