Cooper Clark leaves lasting impact on Australian team

Cooper Clark a young football talent from New Zealand has taken the Australian Rules Football scene by storm, leaving an indelible mark on the South Mornington Tigers, while on his exchange in Australia. Cooper had a dream opportunity to join the Tigers, and his journey has been filled with remarkable achievements and heartwarming camaraderie.

Cooper was embraced with open arms upon arrival at the South Mornington Junior Football Club, and presented with a special guernsey after his first practice, instantly feeling like part of the team.

In his debut game, Cooper showcased his talent, helping the Tigers secure a victory against Sorrento with his impressive skills and scoring two crucial goals. Notably, Andrew Souter, the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League General Manager and coach of one of the teams that came across to play the AFLNZ Academy, showed his support by attending the game and was impressed by Coopers performance.

Cooper at the MCG with some of his Tigers team mates.

The camaraderie grew stronger as Cooper and his new team mates attended a thrilling AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and Melbourne at the iconic MCG, in what’s been dubbed as one of the games of the year.

Facing Mt Martha, in his last game on the exchange, Cooper and the Tigers rose to the challenge, claiming another hard-fought victory, with Cooper kicking another goal, his third of the exchange.

Beyond football, Cooper made the most of his time in Australia by exploring the scenic beauty of the Mornington Peninsula. He enjoyed days at Rye beach and took on thrilling adventures at an outdoor course in Arthurs Seat.

Grateful for the opportunity, Cooper thanked the New Zealand AFL and the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League for the unforgettable experience. He expressed his desire to return to the Tigers in the future, eager to continue his football journey.

Encouraging other players to embrace such opportunities, Cooper emphasised the significance of not only honing sporting skills but also savouring the experience of meeting new people and exploring different cultures.

If any other players get the opportunity to go I think they should not only to learn and play AFL but just the experience of meeting new people and travelling. 

Cooper Clark