Nominees for 2019 AFL New Zealand U17 Player of the year

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate the following nominees for the 2019 AFL New Zealand U17 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!


Ethan Halton

Ethan Halton has developed in a big way over the past 12 months.

He was introduced to the sport after he watched it on TV back in 2016 and has then since been involved with the Youth competition, Academy, Premiership and New Zealand representation.

His form saw during last year’s Premiership saw him selected in the New Zealand U18 side who travelled to Melbourne in May 2018 and was drafted by reigning premiers, the Central Giants for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership.


Finn Moffat

Finn Moffat from Canterbury won the Round 5 Rising Star award in last year’s Premiership playing as a development player and was drafted by the Southern Saints in 2019.

The 17 year old from St Bede’s College in Christchurch plays a mature brand of footy and represented New Zealand at both Academy and U18 levels in 2018.

Finn will be looking to develop his game for higher honours in the year’s to come.


Jevaan Croft

AFL New Zealand Academy graduate Jevaan Croft has had a big year in 2018.

An AFL New Zealand Rising Star award winner in round four last year, Jevaan continues to develop his game and his speed and vision are some of his best attributes so early in his career.

Croft made his New Zealand debut for the Academy Level 2 side back in April 2017 and was part of the New Zealand U18 squad for the Port Adelaide and Melbourne campaigns in the last 12 months.


Luke Williams

NZ age group star Luke Williams has achieved alot over the past year.

Luke was involved in a number of rounds in the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership playing as a development player which culminated in a dominant performance during the final round to earn himself the rising star award.

He was Captain of the Level 2 Academy side in April last year and was selected to travel to Melbourne for the U18’s in May before getting drafted by the Western Crows for the 2019 Premiership.

Luke doesn’t shy away from a contest and is hard at the football.


Sam Cairns

Sam Cairns was born in Titahi Bay in Wellington and now resides in Queensland.

The 18 year old represented New Zealand during the Melbourne campaign and was awarded best on ground during game 1 against Hallam School.

Sam is determined to be apart of the New Zealand Falcons senior side and has the drive, skill and character to make it in the future.


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