U16 NZ Hawks Tour Squad Named

The Under 16 New Zealand Hawks team to travel to the South Pacific Cup has been named.

The Under 16 New Zealand Hawks comprise the best young AFL players from Aotearoa. The squad for the 2014 South Pacific Cup boasts an exciting mix of new international representatives and experienced footballers.

1

SouthenSmithNorthland

2

ConnorMcGeoughWellington

3

ChristianBlackieOtago

5

JamesWatkinsWellington

7

IsraelIrvingNorthland

8

JackMathesonWellington

9

VianceVanoAuckland

10

Te KopaTipene-ThomasNorthland

13

BenArmstrongNorthland

14

KalebForde – FraserOtago

15

NathanLenihanWellington

16

SamGreenWellington

17

CarlosDonnell-BrownAuckland

19

BraydenHerewiniWellington

21

DannyO’CallaghanAuckland

22

Utusa’itoaAh KuoiWellington

23

NathanCurranAuckland

24

Christian-JordanTupouAuckland

25

LiamCaldwellNorthland

26

KalibLewisAuckland

27

JirahMomoiseaAuckland

28

NaitoaAh KuoiWellington

39

Willemvander WiltWellington
     40Te ReiClarkNorthland

41

FrancisPedersenWellington

Coach: Shannon Wall

Assistant Coach: Mike Gregson

Assistant Coach: Mick Coultard

Team Manager: Ken Ah Kuoi

Physio: Zak Nichols

 

Included in the squad are some of the stars of the recent U16 New Zealand National Championships. Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas was declared the Best and Fairest for the tournament after his tireless work around the field. Brayden Herewini and Carlos Donnell-Brown were both named Best and Fairest for their respective teams.

Te Rei Clark, Nathan Lenihan, Connor McGeough and Liam Caldwell will be looking to replicate their form on attack, after kicking multiple goals across the tournament.

The Ah Kuoi brothers from Wellington College will also be players to watch, after linking up well in the recent Wellington Senior Hawks Cup.

New Zealand has participated in the Oceania Cup and more recently South Pacific Cup since 2009. These tournaments provide a fantastic opportunity for athletes to represent their country, develop their skills and showcase themselves in the hopes of securing an AFL International Scholarship.

Currently four New Zealanders hold AFL International Scholarships, with former Oceania Cup participant Shem Tatupu being elevated to the Hawthorn rookie list. Another former New Zealand International Scholarship player, Kurt Heatherley, made his pre season debut for the Hawthorn Hawks.

The 2014 AFL NZ National Combine in Wellington saw the St Kilda Football Club sign Giovanni Mountain Silbery to an AFL International Scholarship.

New opportunities for young AFL players to represent New Zealand are always opening up. In 2013 a new addition to the AFL New Zealand High Performance calendar saw the Under 16 New Zealand Hawks host the inaugural tour from the AFL Flying Boomerangs.

From the South Pacific Cup, AFL New Zealand is hopeful of providing the Under 16 South Pacific team with a number of representatives that will go on to participate in the NAB Australian National Championships later this year.

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