NZ rising star a hot ticket at this year’s draft

Young Howick Hornets and NZ age group rising star Luke Williams will be entered into this years AFL New Zealand National Draft and will join a raft of young talent that will be looking to book a spot in one of the four AFL New Zealand Premiership sides in 2019. 


Luke was involved in a number of rounds in the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership playing as a development player which culminated in a dominant performance during the final round to earn himself the rising star award.

Williams first started out playing AFL in the Secondary School Cup for Pakuranga College before joining the Howick Hornets in the Auckland AFL.

Luke doesn’t shy away from a contest and is hard at the football. With plenty of talent, Luke will continue to develop into a handy midfielder in year’s to come.

With a goal of making the New Zealand senior side, Williams has already represented New Zealand at Academy and U18 levels.

Having already retained an experienced midfield, Luke would fit in nicely at the Northern Suns where he could learn and develop under new Captain Ben Hick.

The National Draft will take place on Wednesday November 28th.

The draft will be live via social media.

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