2016 Youth Competition underway in Auckland and Wellington

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

Best Players:

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

Best Players:

Magpies: Tom Hack

Tigers: Hadley Murray


U17 Boys


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

Best Players:

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

Best Players:

Lions: Aiden Christians

Bulldogs: Jonah Christians