NZ Kahu squad announced to take on Woomera’s

The U18 New Zealand Kahu 2015 team has been named to take on the Australian Indigenous Woomeras in a two match series.


The U18 New Zealand Kahu in preparation for the upcoming series against the Woomeras, have added several new faces to the squad. With the increasing pathway opportunities growing throughout AFL New Zealand Secondary School Programmes, the team has several new athletes with as little as 4 months involvement with the game. Kahu Coach Mick Coultard is excited to see the new team come together with the teams experienced players to guide their new teammates through the campaign, sharing their knowledge and assisting the new players both on and off the field. “ Playing AFL for New Zealand for the first time is a steep learning curve. It will be a true test of the Senior players leadership and growth in the AFL New Zealand Community to ensure the New Zealand Kahu continue to grow and develop in their newly adopted sport.”

As part of of the female development pathway, participation in the AFL New Zealand Youth Competition now based at Harbour Stadium, has provided an opportunity to develop much needed playing time and experience with their new sport in the lead up to the campaign and preparing them for the series ahead.

Under 18 New Zealand Kahu 2015

Given NameLast Name Date of BirthSchoolRegion
JasminePaki8/01/2001Epsom Girls GrammarAuckland
EmmaCollins5/06/2001Massey High SchoolWaitakere
KillarneyMorey4/07/2001Epsom Girls Grammar SchoolAuckland
AnnaHall9/07/2001Massey High SchoolWaitakere
BuellVerkade13/05/2001Whangaparaoa CollegeHarbour
RubyMurray14/05/2001Epsom Girls GrammarAuckland
BriarKerapa5/05/2000Massey High SchoolWaitakere
O’SheaMacmillan8/05/2000Whangarei Girls High SchoolNorthland
KaraHotere9/06/2000St Dominics CollegeWaitakere
IvyKapeli Esera10/09/2000Henderson High SchoolWaitakere
SallySherson24/09/2000Green Bay High SchoolWaitakere
RebekahMcPhatter26/10/2000Greenbay High SchoolWaitakere
MisialofaSaamu28/11/2000Hobsonville Point Secondary SchoolHarbour
AlexandriaAh Chee Wilson6/08/1999Waitakere CollegeWaitakere
AaliyahClarke30/04/1999Bay of Islands CollegeNorthland
CharleyGreen18/09/1999Dargaville High schoolNorthland
BrookeHarris27/09/1999Mt Albert GrammarAuckland
KaylaPaniora28/01/1998Western Springs CollegeAuckland
JolynCollins23/10/1998Massey High SchoolWaitakere
SetarehBrown27/07/1998Whangarei Girl’s High SchoolNorthland
JessieParr24/09/1997Whangarei Girl’s High SchoolNorthland
MattKempAssistant Coach
CaitlinReidstraRunner/Assistant Coach

This is the second time the Woomeras have toured New Zealand and as well as the scheduled AFL fixtures, their trip is also focused on personal development and assisting their young indigenous female athletes to go on to become leaders within their communities.

On the football field, the team is renowned for being fast, skillful and fearless, and will be a match physically for the Kahu.

Kayla Paniora will be in action for the Kahu

The New Zealand Kahu Players have come through a variety of school programmes delivered in Secondary schools targeting female participation. The incentives for taking on a new sport are rewarded by future national representation opportunities with the New Zealand Kahu. AFL New Zealand has received considerable e support from both Waitakere and Harbour Regional Sports Trusts through KiwiSport  initiatives.

The following Secondary Schools have completed Secondary School Programmes within the projects mentioned;


  • Massey High School
  • Green Bay High School
  • Henderson High School
  • St Dominic’s College
  • Rutherford College
  • Kelston Girls College

North Harbour:

  • Hobsonville Point Secondary School
  • Whangaparaoa College
  • Westlake Girls High School
  • Birkenhead College
  • Northcote College
  • Kingsway School


  • Epsom Girls Grammar
  • Mount Albert Grammar
  • Western Springs College


  • Whangarei Girls High School
  • Dargaville High School
  • Bay of Islands College


Game 1:

Date: 11th December

Time: 12.30pm Game starts

Venue:  Parrs Park, Oratia, Auckland



Game 2:

Date: 13th December

Time: 12.00pm Game Starts

Venue: Harbour Stadium, Albany