The New Zealand Hawks’ preparations for the International Cup are stepping up a gear, with a practice match against Ormond AFC.
Ormond AFC is a leading club within the Victorian Amateur Football Association, and the match will serve as an excellent warm up for New Zealand.
Ormond AFC President Richard Simon described his club’s playing style as “a free flowing brand of football.”
He added his thoughts on hosting the New Zealand Hawks, saying “Ormond is thrilled to be provided with the opportunity to play this practice match. We will keep a close eye on the New Zealand Hawks during the tournament, and will be hoping that they can repeat their Premiership form of 2005.”
The match will take place at Elsternwick Park on the 6th of August at 6.00pm.
Justin Davies, Head Coach of the New Zealand Hawks, will be looking to test combinations ahead of the opening round of the International Cup, to be held on Sunday the 10th of August.
New Zealand’s opponents will be Sweden, in a match that will be streamed by the AFL.
Following the fixture against Ormond AFC, the New Zealand Hawks have been generously invited to use the facilities of the St Kilda Saints for recovery and training.
One member of the New Zealand team, Joe Baker-Thomas, is already familiar with these facilities, as an AFL International Scholarship player with the club
Ormond AFC is a club with a long and proud history. Formed in 1931, the club has been well supported throughout the decades, and have won 13 Senior Premierships. Their reputation is one of playing a tough but fair style of football.