5 talking points: Round 8

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.


In this week’s talking points we talk about James McKenzie kicking 1 goal for the record, the race for the spoon is still on and who will win each team’s Best and Fairest?


1 goal to break the record!

James McKenzie needs a single goal to break the record for most goals in a season!

Jordan Drinkall of the Northern Suns currently holds the record on 26 which he set in 2017 and James has now tied that number after his three goals in round 8.

McKenzie currently averages 3.25 goals per game and will be a hot favourite to surpass the record when he comes up against the Northern Suns on Sunday at QBE Stadium.


The race for the spoon is still on…

After their victory over the Southern Saints in round 8, the Northern Suns leapfrogged the Saints into third place on percentage.

The Suns take on a wounded Giants side in round 9 while the Saints and the Crows battle it out.

A Suns victory will secure a third place finish but there is still a twist in the tale which will all unfold on Sunday!


Can the Giant’s set a defensive record? 

In the round 7 talking points, we spoke about how good the Giant’s defence has been all season and that they were on track to set the record for the least amount of points conceded in a season.

If the Giants are to concede less than the 313 points set by the Southern Saints in 2017 they will need to hold the Suns to 29 points or less this coming weekend.

Can they do it?


MPJFL development players make an impact.

Charlie Dixon and Matthew Bennetts have made the trip over to New Zealand for 2 weeks from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and starred for the Southern Saints during their Round 8 clash against the Northern Suns.

Both players were included in the ‘Team of the Week‘ where Charlie kicked four goals and Matthew made an impact in the middle of the ground.


Who will win each team’s B&F?

With each team awarding their best and fairest after this week’s round, we name a few players that are in the running for each of the four sides.


Northern Suns: Joel Brown, Alex Awatere, James Kusel, Josh Allen, Tim Stokes, Mitch Ryan.

Southern Saints: Ryan Marsland, Josh Morgan-Ranui, Andriu Sucu, Misilifi Faimalo, Michael Boyce, Carlos Donnell-Brown.

Western Crows: Shane Leat, Sam Burdett, Jay Johnson, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Al Maisey, Jake Tucker.

Central Giants: James McKenzie, Sam McKenzie, Nick Rhodes, Blake Nahu, Josh Cunliffe, Declan Honan-Crann.



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