2019 AFLNZ High Performance Award winners

The annual AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards took place at AUT University in central Auckland.


With over 260 guests in attendance, the night was a celebration for all things AFL in New Zealand.

Congratulations to the following award winners for 2019.


AFLNZ Rising Star Award – Brad Maloney

Brad Maloney is on the fast track to big things within the footy community.

The 16 year old represented the Level 2 Academy and was named best on ground for game 1 last year.

Brad has a great game understanding for such a young player and will look to continue to develop his game with goals of making the New Zealand Senior side in the future.

A student from Rosehill College in Auckland, Brad is a fast athlete with excellent skills.



U17 Player of the Year – Ethan Halton

Ethan Halton has developed in a big way over the past 12 months.

He was introduced to the sport after he watched it on TV back in 2016 and has then since been involved with the Youth competition, Academy, Premiership and New Zealand representation.

His form saw during last year’s Premiership saw him selected in the New Zealand U18 side who travelled to Melbourne in May 2018 and was drafted by reigning premiers, the Central Giants for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership.


U18 Player of the Year – Hayden Johnston

Otago’s Hayden Johnston was the Vice Captain of the historic U18 side that won in Australia in May last year and was best on ground in the same game.

The 18 year old is one of New Zealand’s bright young talents who has the potential to make a big name for himself in the AFL New Zealand community.

His defensive pressure and attack out of the backline make him a strong defender.




Volunteer of the Year – Steve Langridge

Steve Langridge is the current President of the Canterbury AFL league and is making a positive impact in the Christchurch community.

Determined to grow the game in Canterbury, his involvement with AFL runs deeper as Steve volunteers his time to umpire in the CAFL, NPC and most recently the AFL New Zealand Premiership.





Coach of the Year – Izaak Williams

It has been a big year for Cantabrian Izaak Williams.

In his debut season as head coach in the AFL New Zealand Premiership, Williams guided the Central Giants to their first title as they only dropped one game throughout the season.

In April, Williams was at the helm of the U18 side which created history by winning their first ever game on Australian soil as they defeated a highly talented Mornington Peninsula Interleague side.



Women’s Player of the Year – Jaimee Wyatt

Jaimee Wyatt is now in her fourth year playing AFL and continues to develop her game.

An all round athlete, Jaimee was best on ground for the Kahu in game 1 in 2018 and had another strong game in trying conditions against the Port Adelaide Women’s Indigenous Academy.

Jaimee was selected by AFL New Zealand and Tasmania to represent the state at the 2018 AFLW National Youth Girls Champs in Sydney and is only the third Kiwi to do so.




Men’s Player of the Year – Jay Johnson

New Zealand midfielder Jay Johnson has had a big year after taking over the role of Captain of the Western Crows in the AFLNZ Premiership.

Johnson took the side to second place in the 2018 Premiership after finishing last in 2017 and was a phenomenal figure in the midfield alongside New Zealand squad members Shane Leat, Ty Smith and Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas.

The 26 year old was crowned the 2018 best and fairest for the competition and it was the first time a midfielder has won the award