Positive signs for U18’s against Hallam

The New Zealand U18’s have shown positive signs during their first game in Melbourne as they were defeated by 24 points against Hallam Senior College last evening.


Played at BlueScope Oval in Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula, a healthy crowd attended the grounds first International AFL match with spectators witnessing a very vocal Haka for the first time.

New Zealand heaped on the pressure from the first bounce as they looked implement the structures they had worked on prior to the game.

Both sides were nervy in the opening term sounding each other out with the two teams squandering early opportunities in front of goal.

It was a dream start to the second quarter as Cantabrian Finn Moffat kicked the first goal of the game thanks to some handy work by the midfielders to get the ball into the forward line.

Late in the second half, Will Kempt kicked his first goal of the tour after his set shot from 30 metres travelled right through the middle of the goals.

Sam Cairns and Sam Anderson were phenomenal for the Kiwis throughout the game as they worked hard around the contest to get clear possession of the football.

Sam Cairns and Misilifi Faimalo were named best for NZ

Northlander Manny Snooks impressed in his first game for the U18’s playing at Centre Half Back. The 16 year old played the majority of the game and tackled hard, marked strong and competed in the contest.

The side continued to play to their game plan in the second half but three late goals to Hallam ended in a 24 point victory to the local side.

The squad now’s turns it’s attention to Friday nights game against MPJFL Interleague side. It is the first time on the U18’s tour that a second game has been played and the team will focus on what they can improve on from their first outing.

Kick off is at 6.00pm (AEST)/8.00pm (NZT) and play by play updates will be on the AFLNZ Twitter page along with quarter updates on Facebook and Instagram.


William Kempt 1, Finn Moffat 1, Devin Pullyblank 1.

Best on Ground Awards:

Sam Cairns and Misilifi Faimalo