Nominees for 2019 AFL New Zealand U18 Player of the year

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate the following nominees for the 2019 AFL New Zealand U18 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!


Declan Crann

Midfielder Declan Crann has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months.

A player full of talent with a strong AFL build, Declan has supreme fitness and won the U17 Player of the Year award in 2018 after a strong performance for the Central Giants in the Premiership.

Declan made his debut in the New Zealand Senior side against the AFL Academy in April before heading to Melbourne as part of the NZ U18 squad.


Hayden Johnston

Otago’s Hayden Johnston was the Vice Captain of the historic U18 side that won in Australia in May last year and was best on ground in the same game.

The 18 year old is one of New Zealand’s bright young talents who has the potential to make a big name for himself in the AFL New Zealand community.

His defensive pressure and attack out of the backline make him a strong defender.


Josh Mackie

Otago based Josh Mackie continues to grow as a footballer.

The 18 year old is fearless in the way he plays and was the Captain of the New Zealand U18 side that travelled to Australia and winning for the first time on Aussie soil.

His agility along with his height gives him the ability to take strong marks but also the attribute of evading players which showed during the Premiership and U18 campaign.


Josh Morgan-Ranui

Josh Morgan-Ranui is an athlete full of talent.

in 2018, the 19 year old made his debut for the Senior side against the AFL Academy in his home town of Wellington.

Another member of the victorious U18 side, Josh recently relocated to Australia to play for the St Kilda City Football Club in hopes that he can further his football career into the AFL.


Misilifi Faimalo

Misilifi Faimalo continues to develop into an elite footballer.

First introduced to the game through the AFL Cup Secondary Schools competition, Misilifi‘s shows excellent pace, skills and evasiveness and shows why he a standout in every game he plays

In February, Misilifi also made the move to Melbourne joining Josh Morgan-Ranui at St Kilda City as the pair strive for higher honours in their AFL careers.


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