Crighton shines in Tigers' win

CAPTAIN Kiwi broke through for his first game of senior football with Balwyn last Saturday.


Andrew Crighton, captain of the New Zealand national Aussie rules team, landed with the Tigers for pre-season after coming across the Tasman to improve his footy.

New Zealand Hawks captain Andrew Crighton.

Having impressed coach Daniel Donati with his pre-season efforts, Crighton went about earning a senior spot, turning in consistent performances in the reserves.

It was enough to force the selection committee’s hand, and he lined up on the half-back flank on Saturday for the Tigers’ win against Scoresby.

Playing against the Magpies, grand finalists in the last two seasons, it was certainly a baptism of fire.

Donati said Crighton played his role for the team.

“He’s been our best twos player so far. He would be winning the best and fairest at this point,” he said. “He certainly played his role.”

Story originally published by Conor Ryan of Leader Community Newspapers on June 11, 2012