2020 AFL New Zealand U18 Player of the Year announced

The AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the very best in athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers and what they offer to the development of AFL in Aotearoa.


The scheduling of the awards for its eighth year was due to take place on April 4th. Due to COVID-19, this will now take place electronically and we encourage you to support those involved and their efforts.

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate Sam Cairns on winning the 2020 AFL New Zealand U18 Player of the Year.


Sam Cairns was born in Titahi Bay in Wellington and now resides in Queensland.

The 19 year old captained the New Zealand U18 side during the 2019 Melbourne campaign and showed tremendous leadership both off and off the field.

Sam is determined to be apart of the New Zealand Falcons senior side and has the drive, skill and character to make it in the future.