The 2016 AFL New Zealand Youth Competition kicked off over the weekend in Auckland and Wellington with some fantastic football played in both regions.
AFL New Zealand created the Youth competition back in 2015 to compliment the pathway for participants to excel in AFL. Within the AFL New Zealand Youth competition there is a focus on improving athletes’ skills and fitness along with a training, game and development programme that highlights the necessary requirements throughout the pathway. Each week, all age groups take part in a development session which lead into a game of AFL.
North Harbour Stadium in Auckland hosted the U14 and U17 Boys along with the Youth Girls competitions. The Youth girls displayed some great skills during their game with NZ Kahu Jolyn Collins and Killarney Morey leading the way. In the U14’s game, Tom Hack returned to the Youth competition and kicked 7 goals for Magpies. Max Hicks from Rosmini College and Declan Crann form Green Bay High showed their experience throughout their games as they were named best players for their respective sides.
In the Wellington competition, the U14 age group played some great football as brothers Aiden and Jonah Christians were named best players of the day and showed potential developing into soem great footballers.
AFL New Zealand would like to thank those parents who volunteered their time to help out throughout the day.
The Youth Competition takes a break this week due to the Labour Day long weekend but will return on Sunday the 30th of October.
Lions: Killarney Morey 3, Emma Collins 2, Buell Verkade, Jaimee Wyatt, Georgeonita Sumeo-Shaw, Samantha Shrimpton
Bulldogs: Jolyn Collins 3, Setareh Brown 2, Charley Green, Jasmine Paki
Lions: Samantha Shrimpton
Bulldogs: Jolyn Collins
Magpies: Tom Hack 7, Will O’Brien 4, Bom Verkade 1, Levi Wilson 1, Harry Upton 1
Tigers: Hadley Murray 2, Luke Buckley 1
Magpies: Tom Hack
Tigers: Hadley Murray
Game 1: Crows vs Saints
Crows: Max Hicks, Jake Tucker, Keegan Connelly, Jackson Hemmingsen
Saints: Declan Crann
Game 2: Crows vs Suns
Crows: Max Hicks, Jake Tucker, Joey, Dawson Mele Nanai
Suns: Lewis Barrow-Young 2, Joey Alesich-Tamariki 2
Game 3: Suns vs Saints
Suns: Jacob Burri 3, Lewis Barrow-Young 2, Joey Alesich-Tamariki
Saints: Declan Crann 2
Crows: Keegan Connelly and Max Hicks
Saints: Bronson Hewitson and Declan Crann
Suns: Lewis Barrow-Young and Joey Alesich-Tamariki
Lions: Milo Crispin 4, Thomas Wooward 4, Hari Below 2, Munro Short, Conrad Pender
Bulldogs: Alexander Kempt, Cameron Kerr
Lions: Aiden Christians
Bulldogs: Jonah Christians