AFL New Zealand

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AFL New Zealand
Abbreviation AFLNZ
Formation 1994 [1]
Type Sports Governing Body
Region served New Zealand
Parent organization AFL Commission
Website [2]

AFL New Zealand is the governing body of Australian rules football in New Zealand.

AFL New Zealand currently has around 536 senior players. New Zealand, like Papua New Guinea and Queensland, has experienced a boom in junior participation in recent years with reports of as many as 10,000 junior players.[2]

National team[edit]

Although Australian rules is a minority sport in New Zealand, AFL New Zealand co-ordinate the national team, the Hawks, who have competed in the Australian Football International Cup and crowned international champions in 2005.

Since 2012 the nation side has played agains the Australian AIS. The first game was own convincingly by the AIS by 91 points. 2011 saw the AIS win by 44 points and in 2014 it took a goal in the final minutes to win their third straight game by only 4 points.

These games has enticed a number Australian based players with NZ heritage to commit to the national side. Some of NZ's past and present players include-

Shem Tutupo - Hawthorn Hawks International Rookie ( AFL) Joseph Baker Thomas - St Kilder International Scholarship Holder (AFL) Cameron Illet - NT Thunder (NEAFL) / St Mary's (NTFL) Khan Haretaku - Frankston Dolphins (VFL) / Sydney Swans (Rookie List) Matt Argus -NT Thunder (NEAFL) Lachlan Argus - NT Thunder (NEAFL) / St Mary's Brendan Clark - NT Thunder (NEAFL) / Tiwi Bombers Andrew Howieson - Sandringham Dragons reserves (VFL) / Old Collegians (VAFA) Wayne Schwass - Sydney Swans (AFL) Andrew Christiansen - University Blues (VAFA) Mitchell Ryan - Frankston Dolphins (VFL) Justin Clark- Old Collegians (VAFA) Kurt Hedtherley - Hawthorn Hawks Rookie List (AFL)

National tournaments[edit]

The AFLNZ National Provincial Championships is a tournament between the regional leagues comprising the New Zealand Australian Football League. The first of the current incarnation of the NPC was held on 25 and 26 September 2004 in Christchurch.

2004 results[edit]

  • Auckland won the 2004 series
  • Auckland AFL 7.8 (50) def Canterbury AFL 3.3 (21)
  • Wellington AFL 13.14 (92) def Waikato AFL 2.0 (12)
  • Auckland AFL 22.9 (141) def Waikato AFL 4.3 (27)
  • Wellington AFL 7.5 (47) def Canterbury AFL 2.4 (16)
  • Canterbury AFL 16.3 (99) def Waikato AFL 3.5 (23)
  • Auckland AFL 8.6 (54) d Wellington AFL 5.7 (37)

2005 results[edit]

  • Auckland won the 2005 series
  • Auckland AFL 19.9 (123) def Canterbury AFL 7.3 (45)
  • Wellington AFL 13.10 (88) def Waikato AFL 6.11 (47)
  • Auckland AFL 17.16 (118) def Waikato AFL 2.5 (17)
  • Canterbury AFL 9.14. (108) def Wellington AFL 4.10 (34)
  • Canterbury AFL 14.4 (88) def Waikato AFL 8.8 (56)
  • Auckland AFL 15.16 (106) def Wellington AFL 3.9 (27)

2012 results[edit]

  • Canterbury won the 2012 series
  • Auckland 14.11 (95) def Waikato 2.1 (13)
  • Wellington 12.9 (81) def Otago 0.3 (3)
  • Canterbury 8.7 (55) def Auckland 3.2 (20)
  • Wellington 9.8 (62) def Waikato 3.4 (22)
  • Canterbury 3.7 (25) def Otago 0.2 (2)
  • Wellington 1.4 (10) def Auckland 1.3 (9)
  • Canterbury 7.2 (44) def Waikato 1.4 (10)
  • Auckland 5.7 (37) def Otago 2.2 (14)
  • Canterbury 3.4 (22) def Wellington 1.3 (9)
  • Waikato 3.5 (23) def Otago 1.0 (6)

Affiliated leagues[edit]

See also[edit]

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