Nominees for 2020 AFL New Zealand Women’s Player of the Year

The AFL New Zealand High Performance Awards recognise, acknowledge and celebrate the very best in athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers and what they offer to the development of AFL in Aotearoa.


The scheduling of the awards for its eighth year was due to take place on April 4th. Due to COVID-19, this will now take place electronically and we encourage you to support those involved and their efforts.

The winner’s will be announced via the AFL New Zealand website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.

AFL New Zealand would like to congratulate the following nominees for the 2020 AFL New Zealand Women’s Player of the Year.


Congratulations to all the nominees!


Buell Verkade

Buell Verkade hails from the North Shore in Auckland and has developed into a strong leader.

Verkade is the current Captain of the NZ Kahu and led them to a series victory in 2019 against the touring Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League.

She was also the captain of the Magpies for the inaugural Women’s Premiership season.


Jaimee Wyatt

Jaimee Wyatt is now in her fifth year playing AFL and took out the 2019 Women’s Player of the Year Award.

An all round athlete, Jaimee was best on ground for the NZ Kahu in game 1 in 2019 and had a strong showing in game 2.

Jaimee was selected by AFL New Zealand and Tasmania to represent the state at the 2019 AFLW National Youth Girls Champs in Sydney for the second year running.


Killarney Morey

Killarney Morey continues to assert her dominance on the sport of AFL.

Killarney reads the game well, has excellent skills and was named as the best for New Zealand in game 2 of the Mornington campaign last year.

In 2019, Morey made history as she was selected for the Eastern Allies for round 2 of the AFLW National Champs after she impressed the selectors playing for Tasmania. No NZ woman has made it that far in the organisations history.


Mia Allison

Mia Allison burst onto the AFL scene in a big way when she was the star of the show in the first ever Women’s Premiership game.

She followed up her best on ground performance with another stunning display debuting for the NZ Kahu against the Mornington Peninsula in April and was best in game 1.

Look for Mia to be a big name in the Women’s game in the years to come.


Petra Milne

Petra Milne started playing AFL at the age of 14 and is now in her third year playing AFL.

From Otago, Petra continues to be a pioneer in the region and has represented New Zealand on a number of occasions.

Petra was named best on ground in the inaugural Women’s Premiership game and has been a key contributor for the Bulldogs in this years competition.