ANZAC and International Cup selection commences

Over the past three months AFL New Zealand have looked to identify athletes who have the attributes to be considered for New Zealand Senior selection in 2017. The two campaigns for 2017 will include ANZAC to be played at Westpac Stadium on April 24th and the International Cup in Melbourne in August 2017.


The New Zealand Hawks Senior Wider Squad 2017 and selection timeline

The two campaigns will see their respective selection processes carried out independently of each other with the criteria for eligibility varying for each campaigns. Considerations are placed on country of birth, International Scholarship selection and player development.

Those involved in the initial squad who miss selection for the ANZAC campaign and fulfil the required criteria, will still have the opportunity to be selected for the International Cup.

Feb 21st 2017      The wider squad for both campaigns will be initially selected with those who are eligible for just one of the squads, informed accordingly.

Mar 21st 2017     Additions and subtractions for both campaigns made to the initial squad. Performance related.

Mar 28th 2017     Squad of 30 named for ANZAC campaign ( 2 AFL New Zealand Premiership games remaining )

Apr 11th 2017      Final squad of 24 and 2 emergencies for ANZAC campaign named to go to Wellington.

Apr 11th 2017      Wider squad of 36 for International Cup Campaign named.

Jun 15th 2017      Final 28 and 8 Emergencies for International Cup Campaign named to go to Melbourne.

Additions can and will be made to the wider squad to replace players that are not meeting the obligations required for our premier national team. The selection process has commenced with training attendance, fitness, attitude, communication continually measured.

Campaign dates

ANZAC                                  Wellington. New Zealand vs Australian Under 17 team. Players arriving in Wellington 21st April and departing 25th April 2017 (1 game) .

International Cup            Melbourne. New Zealand vs International opposition including Papua New Guinea and Ireland. Players arriving in Melbourne 4th August and departing 20th August 2017 (5 games)

Game Venues

ANZAC                                  The match against the AFL Academy team will be played at Wellington Westpac Stadium and will commence at 11.30am on Monday April 24th 2017.

International Cup            All games to be played in Melbourne with the final to be played at the MCG.

New Zealand Seniors Wider Squad Management team

Auckland:            Rob Malone:                      Head Coach

Australia:            Justin Davies:                     Assistant Coach

Northland:          Mick Coultard:                   Regional Coach & AFLNZ HP Manager

Further appointments including regional coaching staff, runner, team mangers and physiotherapy personnel will be finalised in the near future.

ANZAC High Performance Awards Evening

 The AFLNZ High Performance Awards Function will take place on Saturday April 22nd at the Macs Function Centre in Wellington at 6.00pm.

The event will include;

  • The New Zealand Hawks Team announcement
  • Awards for U16, Development, U18, Senior, Female, Volunteer and Coach of the year
  • The announcement of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage team

Limited tickets will be available to those outside the group at a cost TBC for those who have family and friends wishing to attend.