NZ Hawks to contest for Premiership glory

Melbourne based New Zealand Hawks Aaron Harris and Andrew Howison will turn out for their respective AFL clubs this weekend playing in two separate Grand Finals.

 

Howison made the move to Melbourne four years ago from Christchurch to further his development in the sport. He has now been playing for the Oakleigh Districts Football Club for four years and is excited to be playing in his first Grand Final since the move to Australia.

“The team had the week off after winning the Qualifying Final a fortnight ago, so we are all feeling fresh and can’t wait to get out there on Saturday”

The current New Zealand Hawks Captain has played every game for the club this season, including playing for the New Zealand Hawks in Wellington on ANZAC weekend to then back up to play for Oakleigh the following day. The Club will be hoping to win its first premiership since 1958.

Representing the University Blues in the VAFA competition, Harris and the Blues made the Grand Final after defeating Old Xaverians by a single point in the Qualifying Final. The Grand Final will be a rematch of that final, after Old Xaverians had a double chance after finishing top of the table. The two teams will be playing playing on a big oval at IKON Park in Melbourne and Harris knows it will be a close game. “It’s going to be tight. There will be a goal or two in it, but I definitely think we can do it”

When asked about the new 2016 AFLNZ Premiership competition due to commence in February 2016, Harris had nothing but positive things to say for the new competition. “I really like the idea of the new competition. It’s really important to have more consistent footy in New Zealand at a higher level, where younger talent coming through can develop much faster. It’s a competition that several local players have always wanted, but haven’t had the opportunity to play amongst the best players from around the country.”

“I’m very keen to make the trip back to New Zealand and be involved if I get the opportunity to play. It will tie in well leading into the new season in Melbourne”

Aaron and the Uni Blues will play on Sunday whilst Andrew’s game is the day prior. Harris will head down to Jack Barker Oval to support his fellow Kiwi and get some inspiration from the Hawks Captain.

AFL New Zealand wishes both Kiwi’s the best of luck for the upcoming weekend.

 

Game details:

Oakleigh District vs Murrumbeena

Saturday 19th September, 2.30pm

Jack Barker Oval, Melbourne

 

University Blues vs Old Xaverians

Sunday 19th September, 11.40am

IKON Park, Melbourne