Northern Suns name new head coach for 2019

Former New Zealand representative James Bowden has been named as the new Northern Suns Head Coach for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership season.


The Cantabrian has been apart of the Central Giants set up for the past three seasons as a playing assistant coach and will now focus his attention on steering the Sun’s from the sideline.

Bowden was the leading goal kicker for the Giants during the inaugural premiership season and played a pivotal role on the field for the development of the Giants younger squad members.

His career has seen him participate in in three International Cup campaigns including a ‘Best on Ground’ performance in New Zealand’s only victorious International Cup victory on the MCG against Papua New Guinea. National Provincial Championship victories with the Canterbury Cobras and a multitude of premierships in the CAFL with the Eastern Blues are also credits on his report card.

When asked about what approach he will take with the team next year, Bowden responded;

“I’m not taking this job lightly and will focus on the development of the Sun’s player’s basic skills and game play.

In previous years, the Sun’s have been a team full of potential. I want to get the most out of them so we can string together consistent wins in 2019.

After having coached together for the past few seasons, my coaching style is quite similar to Izaak Williams (Central Giants) with team culture being a top priority of mine.

It will be a different feeling taking on Izaak (Williams) and Chris (Mundell) in the coaching box instead of the playing field.”

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