5 talking points: Round 2

In a new addition to the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership, each week we will delve into some of the key talking points from the previous round.


This week, we talk about a possible bolter for the New Zealand Senior team, New Zealand footy stalwart winding back the clock and does the Central Giants coach have the magic touch?


Sun’s debutant’s show their class!


The Northern Sun’s had a number of players making their debut in round 2 against the Saints and they didn’t disappoint as they notched their first win of the season.

Robbie Mostert and Manny Snooks starred up front with Mostert kicking 3 goals. Snooks, who hails from Northland made a big impact around the contest.

Blake Williamson (Northland) and Luke Williams (Counties Manukau) also produced an impressive debut with plenty of involvement throughout all four quarters.


Williams: The magic touch?


Izaak Williams is off to the perfect start in his debut season as Head Coach of the Central Giants.

They sit atop the ladder for the first time in the competitions history and even though it is still early on in the season, the Giants look like they could go all the way.

Former understudy of New Zealand National Senior Coach Rob Malone in 2017, Williams is also the head coach of the 2017 Canterbury AFL Premiers, Christchurch Bulldogs and the Canterbury Cobra’s NPC side.

In round 3, the Giant’s face an in form Northern Suns side fresh off a win against defending Premiers, the Southern Saints.

Can Williams guide his team to a hat-trick of wins?


Saints look to NZ players.


It was only the second time in the competitions history that the Saints have lost back to back games and after their loss to the Suns in round 2, it has left them at the bottom of the ladder.

With their upcoming round 3 match against the Western Crow’s, the team will look to Senior New Zealand players Michael Boyce, Andriu Sucu, Carlos Donnell-Brown and Misilifi Faimalo for inspiration on Sunday.


Bowden back to his best!


International Cup winner and Central Giants full forward James Bowden is back playing some of his best footy of his career.

The known goal kicker had a quiet Premiership in 2017, only managing one goal for the season. In his first two rounds, Bowden has snagged four goals and is forming a formidable forward line with squad member James McKenzie.

Best on ground in the 2005 International Cup victory over Papua New Guinea, the former New Zealand player has set himself a goal of kicking a minimum of 20 goals for the season.


A bolter for the New Zealand Senior team?


Jake Tucker of the Western Crows is making a strong case for himself when it comes to National Senior selection in April.

The 17 year old has been in the Crows best for the past 2 weeks and is showing he can cut it with the best players in New Zealand.

If Tucker can keep his form and fitness at peak level, he will be pushing for a spot in the final 24 players that will run out on Westpac Satdium in Wellington on the 24th of April.



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