Lucas Imrie (Sacred Heart College) - The New Zealand U17 striker was in prolific form in 2016 netting 20 goals in 14 premiership matches. Lucas has been Sacred Heart's leading goal scorer for two years and was a key member in a National title winning team. Imrie was selected for the New Zealand U20's and plays senior football for Western Springs in Auckland.
Hannah Blake (Saint Kentigern College) - Hannah Blake knows how to find the back of the net. The striker was part of the Three Kings United side this year in their unbeaten club season. Hannah contributed 24 goals in 18 matches. She helped St Kent’s to third place behind winners MAGS in the NZSS Nationals, before transferring her talent to the New Zealand U17 side that competed in the Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. At that tournament, Hannah scored a memorable hat-trick and set up another goal in New Zealand’s 5-0 win over hosts Jordan, which was their first win at this tournament overseas. Currently with the NZ U20 team at the Fifa U20 Women's World Cup.
Jake Mechelll (St. Peter's, Cambridge) - The Melville United midfielder enhanced his growing reputation in 2016 by leading his First XI back to the Nationals and being selected for the Nike Academy Most Wanted Global Showcase in England. Mechelll has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools and U19 squads.
Grace Jale (MAGS) - The midfielder was this year’s Mount Albert Grammar School Female sportsperson of the year, and for good reason too. She helped MAGS win a four-peat of NZSS Girls Football titles. She was then part of the New Zealand U17 team that competed in the Fifa Women’s U17 World Cup in Jordan and was subsequently selected in NZ's U20 team for this month’s U20 Women’s World Cup. Last year she toured Brazil with the senior Football Ferns.
Paige Satchell (Orewa College) - In June Paige Satchell made her full Football Ferns debut in two internationals against the Australian Matildas Paige made the team after relocating to Auckland from Rotorua at the start of the year and training hard and playing for her successful Three Kings United club side, part of a front three that also included Hannah Blake (above) that scored 109 goals this season. Later in the year Paige was selected in the wider Football Ferns Olympics Games squad for Rio and for the NZ U20 team competing in the Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup this month.
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