Talking points: Round 1

Each week during the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership, each week we will delve into some of the key talking points from the previous round.


In this week’s talking points we chat about the Sun’s injury woes, THAT Crow’s midfield and how the Saint’s are proving the doubters wrong.


1. Sun’s injury woes

Unfortunately, the Northern Suns started the season with a bit of bad luck.

Their squad was decimated in the first game against the Southern Saints when they lost 6 players to injury including, number 1 draft pick Patrick Landy and Captain Ben Hick. Both were involved in an accidental collision and had to be taken from the field in the fourth quarter and are set for a couple of weeks on the sideline.

The Suns squad still boasts some exciting talent and they will come up against a strong Western Crows side in round 2 starting at 2.45pm on Feburary 24th.


2. Clayton Campbell 

Clayton Campbell burst onto the Premiership scene playing in his first game for the Western Crows in round one.

Based in Nelson, Campbell relocated from Melbourne where he played for the Westmeadows Football Club.

The talented midfielder was picked up as a late pick in the National Draft and will be a pivotal midfielder for the Crows this season.


3. The Crows midfield

The Western Crows midfield is a goldmine. NZ representatives, Ty Smith, Jay Johnson, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Shane Leat along with new stars Jay Green and Clayton Campbell make up their midfield and it exudes talent.

They can only get better as a unit and will look to dominate the centre clearances against the opposition to create numerous opportunities for their forwards.


4. Saints gelling as a team

The Southern Saints were tipped to finish in fourth place this season after NZ squad members Misilifi Faimalo and Josh Morgan-Ranui relocated to Melbourne to further their footy careers, but the Saints proved the punters wrong in round one.

They looked well organised both on and off the field and seemed to be enjoying their footy.

With head coach Andrew Congalton back in the fold in 2019, the Saints will look to build on what they achieved against the Suns to set themselves up for a push at the title.