As teams prepare for the NZ Falcons vs NZ All Stars clash on September 25, guaranteed match ups have started to develop.
Today, we look at the quiet achievers who make a big impact on the game.
Central Giants forward Joseph Alesich-Tamariki continues to be a threat in the forward line.
Alesich-Tamariki’s has finished runner up in the Golden Boot award twice in his Premiership career and was a star for the Central Giants, helping them to secure the 2021 Premiership title.
Former Number 1 Draft pick (2017) Josh Copeland is a key defender in the backline where his talent fly’s under the radar.
Copeland had yet another consistent season in the Premiership for the Western Crows.
Josh has represented New Zealand at both U16 and U18 level and is yet to break through to the senior side.
North Shore Tigers forward Troy Brown will be hunting for a spot in the All Stars squad.
Known for his strong contested marks, Brown won a Premiership for the Central Giants in 2021 and was a key figure in the backline.
From Wellington, Josh became involved with the sport through the AFL Cup Secondary School competition in 2015 where he represented Wellington College. Since then, he has been making waves with his hard nosed attitude and desire to become the best AFL player he can be.
Josh made the move to Melbourne in 2019 and made a big impact at the St Kilda City Football Club where his side won the Premiership.
At 190cm tall, Josh is a strong footballer who uses his size to his advantage when he lines up for his local Wellington Club side the North City Demons.