The U18 New Zealand Kahu will host a two match series against the touring AFL Indigenous Woomeras team in December 2015.
The AFL Indigenous Woomeras toured New Zealand for the first time in 2014 and will return with a new group of players next month. The trip is also focused on personal development and enhancing their leadership skills throughout the tour.
On the football field, the team is renowned for being fast, skillful and fearless, and will be a match physically for the Kahu.
New Zealand’s team, the U18 New Zealand Kahu, are growing in skill, experience and ability with every series that they play. Players to watch in this series will be Setareh Brown from Whangarei Girls High School, Kayla Paniora from Western Springs College, Ivy Kapeli Esera from Henderson High School and newcomer Misialofa Saamu from Hobsonville Point Secondary School.
Their improvement over the past two years has been a highlight of the AFL New Zealand High Performance Programme and High Performance Manager Mick Coultard is confident that the team will continue their improvement and development against the Woomeras.
Female participation in AFL has shown growth in New Zealand since the debut of the New Zealand Kahu. This has been particularly evident through Primary and Secondary school programmes. Many of the players in this Kahu squad began playing AFL in the Hawks Cup Secondary School competition. The recently formed AFL New Zealand Youth Competition is currently underway in Auckland at North Harbour Stadium and Wellingtons Hutt Park. It is hope to expand the current female competition to further enhance their development in AFL and cement a pathway for the sport.
Game 1: Friday 11th December, Parrs Park, 12.30pm
Game 2: Sunday 13th December, North Harbour Stadium, 12.00pm