Kahu to take on touring Woomeras team

AFL-Indigenous-ProgramsThe U18 New Zealand Kahu will finish the year with a two match series against the touring AFL Indigenous Woomeras team.

The AFL Indigenous Woomeras debuted at the Australian National Youth Girls Championships in May, and putting in strong performances across the tournament.

Coached by the highly regarded Jason Mifsud, and managed by a strong team from the AFL Indigenous Programme, the Woomeras are expected to undertake personal development and enhance their leadership skills throughout the tour.

On the football field, the team is renowned for being fast, skillful and fearless, and will be a match physically for the Kahu.

New Zealand’s team, the U18 New Zealand Kahu, are growing in skill, experience and ability with every series that they play. Four players are returning for their third series representing New Zealand: Setareh Brown from Whangarei Girls High School, Hope Schuster from Aorere College, Kayla Paniora from Western Springs College and Kiana Lang from Albany Junior High School.

NZ Kahu logoTheir improvement from 2013 to 2014 was marked and noticable, and hopes are high that the team will continue their improvement against the Woomeras.

Female AFL has also grown in New Zealand since the debut of the New Zealand Kahu, particularly through Primary and Secondary school programmes. Many of the players in this Kahu squad began playing AFL in Female Hawks Cup interschool competitions.

The coaching and management team is largely unchanged from the 2014 series against the Australian Youth Girls. Lisa Roper is returning as the Head Coach, after proving to be a knowledgeable, skilled and motivating coach. Her assistant coaches Michael Gregson and Jamie Hunt are also back, and will be joined by new assistant coach Rowena Tatana. Mareta Fraser is also returning as the Team Manager.

Match information:

Game 1: Friday 12th December, Parrs Park, 2.00pm

Game 2: Sunday 14th December, Parrs Park, 12.00pm