Andrew Howison To Lead The Saints In 2023

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.

I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play in the AFLNZ Premiership in 2023. It was real a shame that we were unable to compete last year, but I think everyone is super keen to rip into it again and no doubt all teams will be firing come that first bounce.

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.

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.

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.

Howison is excited for another opportunity to represent the Southern Saints and host teams in Christchurch for the first time, after last season was unfortunately canceled.

Our squad came together extremely well in the pre-season last year and hopefully we can continue that momentum ahead of this season. I’m very lucky to be able to lead the side representing our region up in Auckland. We have a strong extended leadership group with immense experience in NZ footy and that will hopefully hold us in good stead, as we look to take out the title for 2023.

A member of the CAFL Mid Canterbury Eagles team that won back to back Premierships in 2020 and 2021, Howison was optimistic with the massive changes occurring within the AFL New Zealand Premiership.