The Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League and AFL New Zealand teams have completed Game 2 of the Aotearoa tour to Auckland.

The Level 1, Level 2 and Youth Girls AFL New Zealand Academy have Finished the 2 game series against three Mornington Peninsula BlueScope Steelers sides at Auckland at North Harbour Stadium.

This is the seventh time players from the Mornington Peninsula have travelled to New Zealand, and the the tour has been an amazing success. 

The tour finished on Monday, with each team playing their second game against each other. Mornington had sharpened up their skills from the first game and once again all three Mornington teams won, taking out all three series.

Congratulations to all the players involved with this years campaign and thank you to all the staff, coaches umpires and volunteers involved with making all of this possible

The Mornington Level U14 boys put up another big challenge for the NZ Level 1’s. Improving upon the first game, the Level 1’s started out better defensively and had more shots at goal than in the first game, but as fatigue set in, the MPJFL U14’s put on the pressure and made it difficult for the NZ boys to to stay within reach. The Mornington U14’s finished off the game with a flurry of goals to secure the series.

Congratulations to all of the following New Zealand players who took part in the campaign

Gareth ColemanCo Coach
Brendan ClarkCo Coach
Jeremiah TaylorManager
Finn CuffeRosmini College
Sean WinstoneWestlake Boys High School
Jacob McNameeAuckland GrammarGame 2 Best on Ground
Cooper ClarkSt John’s HamiltonGame 1 Best on Ground
Byron MullerKingsway School
Durandt PotgieterKingsway School
Kai EnglefieldAltona College
Issac BrownWhangarei Boys High School
Callum ReidRathkeale CollegeGame 1 Best on Ground
Seth LouwWestlake Boys High School
Alexander TwemlowWestlake Boys High School
Nic Van der MerweWestlake Boys High School
Cruz NeuendorfWestlake Boys High SchoolGame 2 Best on Ground
Cooper TaylorGreen Bay High School
William ColemanBalmoral State High School
Torr BeamanWestlake Boys High School
Leo RouseLynfield College
Michael Jerome LangkildeLynfield College
Elijah NauerLynfield College

The second game of the series started off as a tight contest. The boys were neck and neck through the first quarter and the game looked like it was going to be a close battle, with only 5 points separating the boys teams at the end of the first quarter. The Mornington U15/16 boys were not going to let this game come down to the wire though, and as the second quarter got underway, Mornington turned up the pressure on both ends stopping the NZ Level 2’s from catching them on the scoreboard, and increasing their lead out to 22. In the second half, accuracy became the difference between the two sides, with the MPJFL side becoming more accurate with their kicks, allowing them to continue to increase their lead on the scoreboard and win the series

Congratulations to all of the following New Zealand players who took part in the campaign

Andrew HowisonCoach
Sam CairnsCoach
Lachie KennedyManager
Hamish MeatesSt Bedes College
River LockwoodCashmere High School
Oscar GibsonRotorua Boys High SchoolGame 2 Best on Ground
Max SerranoSacred Heart College
Marcus Joseph PrasadDromana ClubGame 1 Best on Ground
Frederick HenningsSacred Heart College
Salesi LasikeLynfield College
Daniel LaracyLincoln University
Lachie McBrideSt Andrew’s College
Cameron HowisonSt Bede’s CollegeGame 2 Best on Ground
Oska HalloranLynfield College
Sitanimoa Hala’ufiaLynfield CollegeGame 1 Best on Ground
Cooper ClarkSt John’s Hamilton
Drew ClemasGreen Bay High School
Tane KirtonWestlake Boys High School
Josh LightbourneAuckland Grammar
Cody Beale
Karol AloimainaLynfield College
Craig WilliamsMt Roskill Grammar

Coming off the back of a historic win the MPJFL Youth Girls, the challenge was set for the second game and the Mornington girls were not going to let their first win be their only win, coming out of the gates firing , kicking 6 goals to start and causing an uphill battle for the NZ girls. They continued this into the second quarter and finished the half with a big lead. Tightening up in the their defense in the third quarter the NZ Girls managed to get one goal back, through star player Indy Gibson.

Peter GealeCoach
Josh RoblesCoach
Jess McCormickManager
Grace CawleyLincoln High School
Makenna JonesLong Bay CollegeGame 1 Best on Ground
Poppy GibsonTe Puke High School
Claudia EdyLincoln High School
Indy GibsonSt Margaret’s CollegeGame 2 Best on Ground
Piper WilsonAvonside Girls High
Emily HunterAlbany Senior High School
Izzy GoodwinTe Kura
Maia PetersenLincoln High SchoolGame 2 Best on Ground
Estella WheelerEpsom Girls Grammar
Scarlett DickensenLong Bay College
Isabella SmithKingsway SchoolGame 1 Best on Ground
Charity LaveaMt Roskill Grammar
Brooke LeasoMt Roskill Grammar
Elena BryhamWestlake Girl’s High School
Holly LightbourneEpsom Girls Grammar
Lyndin MataroaTuakau College
Hatesa LemanaEpsom Girls Grammar
Delilah Arundale