Kiwis in the AFL: Gawn in a league of his own

Max Gawn is the Melbourne Demons newly appointed Captain who leads the way with his skill, dedication, hard work and ruckwork.


The 208cm giant, who’s parents migrated from Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand to Australia, is a regular in the AFL New Zealand Heritage Team as he continues to dominate his opponents on game day with his hit outs, marking and leadership.

He was drafted to the Melbourne Demons with pick 34 in the 2009 national draft and has since gone on to with two Melbourne Best and Fairest awards, three All Australian selections and was named as Melbourne’s stand-alone captain for the 2020 season.

Early in his career, Gawn suffered injury setbacks with an ACL injury in 2009 and 2010, and a torn meniscus and ACL in 2012. Although he had these setbacks, he went through the gruelling process of rehab and starred for the Demons in his breakout season in 2016 which earned him his first All Australian selection.

Known for his bushy beard and witty comments in press conferences, he continues to improve on his abilities on and off the field and is the perfect role model for any inspiring tall players looking to make an impact on the field.

Although he played Rugby Union and Basketball as a kid, AFL was always his number one sport and for good reason.

  • Born 30 December 1991
  • Drafted with pick 34 in 2009
  • 121 AFL games & 58 goals
  • Current Melbourne Captain
  • 3 x All Australian
  • 2 x Melbourne Best & Fairest