Hawthorn Football Club welcomed the New Zealand Hawks to the Ricoh Centre on Friday, where Kiwi and Hawthorn International rookie Kurt Heatherley and rookie Zac Webster took the players and staff on a tour of the Club’s facilities.
The AFL International Cup is now underway as teams from all around the world descend on Melbourne to take part in a series of matches before the champion is decided in a grand final to be played at the MCG before the Hawthorn-Geelong blockbuster.
The tour included the players and staff being shown around the gym, while also having the opportunity to ask questions about the path each took to the AFL.
The New Zealand Hawks then held a training session on the oval.
Hawthorn Football Club have been strong supporters of the work of growing AFL in New Zealand.
The club sponsors the inter-school Hawks Cup competition, at which many of the current New Zealand Hawks team played their first games of AFL.
Along with Kurt Heatherley, the club also boasts Kiwi talent in Shem Tatupu on their rookie list, and Siope Ngata on an AFL International Scholarship.
See the IC14 schedule for the New Zealand Hawks here:
View the adidas guernsey the New Zealand Hawks wear during their matches, which is also available now at HawksNest.
Photo credit Kate Salemme.