Hawks Cup Registrations Close 7th February

Registrations for the 2014 Senior Hawks Cup close at the end of the week, on the 7th of February. Schools who wish to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The Hawks Cup is played in teams of 9, utilising rugby fields and easy to understand rules to give participants the best and easiest experience. New teams are not disadvantaged. As AFL is a new sport all participants compete on a level playing field. Competitions are available for both boys and girls teams.

The benefits of participation in the Senior Hawks Cup are tremendous. For both new and experienced AFL players, playing in Hawks Cup tournament matches offers a great opportunity to improve their overall sporting skills and increase their level of physical activity. Most of all, AFL is fun for all participants.

AFL is also a great sport to play for pre-season winter sport codes. Through playing in the Hawks Cup, athletes from Rugby, League, Football, Basketball and other codes can maintain their skills and fitness. The skills used in AFL are transferable to a wide range of sports.

AFL New Zealand provides all of the required resources, and can also offer coaching and mentoring for school teams, at no extra cost. Up to 6 hours of coaching contact time are provided to each school that requires it, making it easy for schools to get involved. School teams only require one staff member to be involved as a team manager.

The Senior Hawks Cup begins with regional cluster tournaments that will take place on the following dates:

  • Central Auckland: February 18th, to be held at St Paul’s College
  • Northland: February 18th, to be held at Kensington Athletic Park, Whangarei
  • Wellington: February 18th, to be held at Hutt Park
  • Waitakere: February 19th, to be held at The Trusts Arena
  • Counties: February 19th, to be held at Papatoetoe Sports Centre
  • Harbour: February 20th, to be held at Onepoto Domain
  • Christchurch: February 25th, to be held at Westminster Park


Following the Senior Hawks Cup Regional Cluster Tournaments, North Island and South Island Championships will be held.

For athletes involved with the AFL New Zealand High Performance programme, the Senior Hawks Cup is an invaluable way to gain match experience. For all other participants, strong performances in the Hawks Cup can lead to selection in the AFL New Zealand High Performance programme.

Participation in the AFL New Zealand High Performance programme can lead to opportunities to play AFL for New Zealand. New Zealand Hawks squads are selected every year for Under 16, Under 18 and Open Age level. Involvement with the High Performance programme can also lead to international scholarship opportunities with AFL clubs.

AFL New Zealand is sanctioned by the NZ Secondary School Sports Council, and appears on the Sport New Zealand list of National Sporting Organisations.

For more information, contact National Secondary Schools Development Manager Mick Coultard, at Hawkscup@aflnz.co.nz