Northern Suns select Peter Halstead as their Number 1 Draft pick

The Northern Suns have selected Peter Halstead as their number 1 ‪AFL New Zealand draft selection ‪to play in the 2017 ‎AFL New Zealand Premiership.


The 32 year old is a 190cm tall ruckman from Eastern Bulldogs Wellington AFL side and has a sporting background in the game of Football, where he is the striker for the Miramar Rangers side.

Currently working as a Physiotherapist and Exercise Trainer in Wellington’s CBD, Halstead was born and raised in Wellington. He travelled to Australia to complete his Masters Degree at The University of Sydney where he continued an affinity with AFL that started with Wellingtons perennial Grand Final winners, the Eastern Bulldogs.

“We have chosen Peter Halstead from the Eastern Bulldogs for our first pick.  His highly regarded ruck skills will complement our strong midfield group, allowing us to win more of the ball around the ground.”  New head coach Dave Abetz jumped at the opportunity to select Peter as his first Draft pick.

The Suns were hampered early on during the 2016 Premiership when they lost ruckman Mitch Ryan to an ankle injury but now have the luxury of rotating Halstead and Ryan as the North Shore player is back to 100% and signed on as assistant playing coach for the 2017 season.


All games for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership will be played at North Harbour Stadium on Sundays at 11.30pm and 1.45pm with the Round 1 commencing February 12th 2017. The season includes nine rounds in total culminating April 9th 2017.


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