New Zealand midfield strengthens

Brisbane based Western Magpies recruit Jono Macanawai will make his debut for New Zealand in this years ANZAC clash at Wellington Stadium. The Hard working and skillful midfielder was recruited in the off season from the University of Queensland Club.


The 180cm, 21 year old classy midfielder won the Red Lions Best and Fairest last year and with an ability to push forward he will complement the New Zealand midfield brigade.

Jono Macanawai came up against NZ playing for Fiji in the 2017 International Cup

New Zealand born Macanawai moved to Australia with his family so his father could continue his PhD studies, and this has opened many doors for the budding footballer. Despite coming from rugby union heartlands, AFL has become the number one priority for Macanawai since moving to Australia.

Progressing through the West Juniors system in Brisbane, Macanawai  showcased his ability with his unique skill level, leading the goal kicking as well as best and fairest for his age group. He backed this up in the 2014 season with another best and fairest award and his ability to win contested ball coupled with clean disposals resulted in being awarded the AFL Queensland Colts North Best and Fairest.

As an eighteen year-old, the onballer received a QAFL Rising star nomination and his progression within the Queensland system continues to draw attention to his unique skill set. Macanawai will no doubt gain valuable experience playing alongside classy team mates Andrew Howison and Simon Black as New Zealand looks to bridge the gap against the amazing talent of the Australian Academy team.