2021 Premiership Form Guide: Central Giants

The Central Giants were the big winners at the national draft, securing former best and fairest winner, Brandon Sucu.

The Giants also picked up skillful midfielder, Xavier Rice and former Crows star, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas.

The 2018 Premiers won 2 out of there first 3 games in 2020, but failed to win a single game for the remainder of the season.

Player to watch: Brandon Sucu

Brandon has been residing in Australia for the past 4 years and will return home with a heap of footy experience playing in Brisbane.

Sucu hails from Auckland’s North Shore and was named as the inaugarul AFL New Zealand Premiership Best and Fairest winner in 2016 where he was a standout for the his former club, the Southern Saints.

Brandon’s hard work and effort throughout the inaugural season saw him challenge every contest and never give up. His cool, calm demeanour saw Sucu look like he plays in slow motion yet he manages to evade tackles and his options for getting his team out of trouble were far superior to any other defensive player in the competition.

Brandon is a regular in the NZ Falcons lineup and can’t wait to get back home and challenge himself on the NZ footy field.

Get Excited: Andrew Howison

New Zealand Falcons Captain Andrew Howison was drafted to the Giants in 2020 and showed his class in his first game receiving best on ground from the umpires.

The talented midfielder returned home to Christchurch in 2020, after spending 8 years living in Australia.

Whilst in Australia, Andrew played for Oakleigh Districts where he won a Grand Final in 2015 and was named best on ground in the same game.

More recently, Howison won back to back Premierships in 2018 and 2019 with the Dromana Tigers.

Andrew has won the Senior Men’s Player of the Year award for three straight years from 2014-2016.

Coach: Justin Gauci

Captain: Andrew Howison and Harison Manks

2020 finish: 3rd

2020 Best and Fairest: Kirk Murray

Predicted finish in 2021: Premiers

Predicted 2021 Best and Fairest: Xavier Rice

Best Rising Star chance: Bailee Laurenson

*The views expressed in this in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of AFL New Zealand.

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