Nominees for 2019 AFL New Zealand Senior Men’s Player of the Year

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate the following nominees for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Senior Men’s Player of the Year. 


The winner will be announced at the 2019 High Performance Awards which will be held on Saturday the 6th of April at AUT University in Auckland City.

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Congratulations to all the nominees!


Andrew Howison

New Zealand Senior Captain Andrew Howison led his side out onto Westpac Stadium against the AFL Academy for the fifth time in 2018 and once again had a strong game against Australia’s best.

In September, Howison helped his side, the Dromana Tigers win the 2018 Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League Premiership.

Andrew won the Senior Men’s Player of the Year award for three straight years from 2014-2016.


Dean Staunton

In April 2018, Dean Staunton made his long awaited debut for New Zealand after missing out on representing his country in 2014 through injury.

It was a game to remember as Staunton put in a man of the match performance against Australia’s best up and coming talent.

Born in Dunedin, Staunton plays for the Southern Districts Crocs who won the Northern Territory Football League in 2018.


Jay Johnson

New Zealand midfielder Jay Johnson has had a big year after taking over the role of Captain of the Western Crows in the AFLNZ Premiership.

Johnson took the side to second place in the 2018 Premiership after finishing last in 2017 and was a phenomenal figure in the midfield alongside New Zealand squad members Shane Leat, Ty Smith and Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas.

The 26 year old was crowned the 2018 best and fairest for the competition and it was the first time a midfielder has won the award.


Mykelti Lefau

New Zealand forward Mykelti Lefau is a star in the making.

In April, Lefau represented New Zealand for the second time against the AFL Academy on Westpac Stadium where he was named as one of their best.

Lefau plays for the Casey Demons in the Victorian Football League (VFL) where they finished runners up in 2018 and took the honours of kicking the first goal in the Grand Final.

His silky smooth skills and hunger for the football make Mykelti a great asset in the New Zealand side.


Shane Leat

Shane Leat has been involved with the New Zealand High Performance for 9 years and is still only 25 years young.

A regular in the New Zealand side, Shane plays for the Western Crows in the Premiership and had his best season in 2018, finishing runner up behind winner Jay Johnston.

Committed, fast and skillful, Shane is a great asset to the footy community in New Zealand.


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