The athletes for the 2018 AFL New Zealand Academy have been announced by National Youth and Talent Identification Manager Mick Coultard. Academy athletes will participate in skill development, athletic testing and measurement, game play and personal development over an 8 week period.
AFL New Zealand Youth Girls
Name - Region - School
Abby Verrenkarp - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Abigail Cotton - Auckland - Kingsway School
Archie-Leigh Russell - Auckland - Howick College
Brianna Groube - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Buell Verkade - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Caitlin Hannah - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Ceyan Tungane Drollet - Auckland - Howick College
Chelsea Young - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Emma Collins - Auckland - Massey High School
Jaimee Wyatt - Auckland -Westlake Girls High School
Janie Rose - Auckland - Ruhterford College
Jasmine Paki - Auckland - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Killarney Morey - Auckland - Epsom Girls Grammar School
Kylie McGahan - Auckland - Westlake Girls High School
Maia Sciarone - Auckland - Westlake Girls
O'Shea Macmillan - Northland - Whangarei Girls High School
Samantha Shrimpton - Auckland - Birkenhead College
Sydney Gill - Wellington - Onslow College
Valentina Serrano - Auckland - Baradene College
AFL New Zealand Youth Boys
Name - Region - School
Aaron McCrum - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
AC Reinecke - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Aidan Christians - Wellington - Scots College
AJ Abdelaal - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Alexander Kempt - Wellington - St Pats Silver Stream
Angus Hammett - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Angus Leckie - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Bailee Laurenson - Wellington - Wellington College
Ben Roff - Wellington - Scots College
Beren Goodwin - Wellington - Raphael House
Blake Williamson - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Bom Verkade - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Bradley Moloney - Auckland - Rosehill College
Braithan Anderson - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Braydon Dragicevich - Auckland - Rosehill College
Brodie Richardson - Auckland - Stonefields
Bronson Kake - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Caleb MacPherson - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Cameron Kerr - Wellington - Palmerston North Boys High School
Campbell Cleall - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Christian Collins - Auckland - Marcellin College
Connor Diack - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Connor Hotton - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Conrad Pender - Wellington - Scots College
Devin Pullyblank - Canterbury - Shirley Boys High School
Douglas McJorrow - Wellington - Scots College
Dylan Hook - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Elliott Prendergast - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Ethan Halton - Auckland - Rosehill College
Felix Clark - Auckland - Western Springs College
Finn Moffat - Canterbury - St Bedes College
George Hopkins - Wellington - Wellington College
George Methven - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Hari Below - Wellington - Heretaunga College
Harry Smith - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Henry Grant - Auckland - Northcote College
Isaac Hilliam - Wellington - Tawa College
Jack Abraham - Auckland - Whangaparaoa college
Jack Heijn - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Jack Lay - Wellington - Kapiti
Jack Mead - Auckland - Onewhero Area School
Jacob Lee - Auckland - Albany Junior High School
Jacob Nyman - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Jacob Wright - Canterbury - St Bedes College
James Scott - Auckland - Northcote College
Jayden Mcintyre - Canterbury - Rolleston College
Jaydn Robson - Wellington - Aotea college
Jaymee Wooddin - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Jevaan Croft - Auckland - Alfriston College
Joe Andrews - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Joel Hetherington - Auckland - Kingsway Senior Campus
Jonah Christians - Wellington - Scots College
Jonathan Anderson - Wellington - Karori Normal
Joseph Cole - Wellington - Aotea College
Joseph lui - Auckland - Manurewa High School
Josh Heijn - Auckland - Whangaparaoa College
Josh Smith-Bain - Auckland - Rosmini College
Josh Wiltshire - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Keaghan Chadwick - Wellington - Tawa College
Kieran Charlton - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Kole Harmer - Canterbury - St Thomas of Canterbury College
Kynan Stowers-Smith - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Layton Cahill - Canterbury - Shirley Boys High School
Leo Fosita - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Levi Boyd - Auckland - Rutherford College
Liam Bainbridge - Canterbury - Papanui High School
Liam Mayes - Auckland - Rosmini College
Liam Neilson - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Luke Challies - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Luke de Roo - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Luke Lentner - Auckland - Rosehill College
Luke Mayo - Auckland - Western Springs College
Luke Williams - Auckland - Pakuranga College
Manny Snooks - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Mark Komene-Stowers - Northland - Te Kāpehu Whetū
Max Walker - Otago - John McGlashan College
Maxwell Milne - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Milo Crispin - Wellington - Wellington College
Mitchell Hughan - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Nino Changiz - Auckland - Pukekohe High School
Oliver Bugden - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Oliver Griffin - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Oliver Parsons - Auckland - Westlake Boys High School
Quinn Pocock - Auckland - Western Springs College
Rico Tuhua - Wellington - Upper Hutt College
Ronan Morling - Auckland - Rosehill College
Ryan Awatere - Wellington - Aotea College
Sam Anderson - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Sam Turner - Canterbury - St Bedes College
Samuel Warton - Auckland - Kristin School
Samuel Thomas - Auckland - Long Bay College
Sebastyan Jack - Auckland - Rutherford College
Shaun Russ - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Shayden Jones-Codlin - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Spencer Jones - Auckland - Long Bay College
Stuart Tunley - Auckland - Southern Cross Campus
Taonga Stanish-Murphy - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Tipene Ball - Auckland - Western Springs College
Troy Fyfe - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
Tyler Diack - Otago - Otago Boys High School
Will Roff - Wellington - St Patricks College
William Anderson - Wellington - Wellington College
Xavier Bryham - Auckland - Orewa College
Xavier Mexted - Northland - Whangarei Boys High School
The National Secondary Schools touch championships concluded at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland on the weekend with regular combatants Rotorua and Hamilton Boys’ High School battling each other for the boys title and St. Kentigern College looking to end Hamilton Girls’ regin as champions in the female decider.
The stage was set for two thrilling climaxes when Paeroa College beat Howick College 9-8 in the mixed final. Howick crossed the line with 90 seconds remaining, but was denied a touchdown. Howick then lost a player to the sin bin for pulling at the singlet and Hendrix Beazley triggered wild celebrations for the Thames Valley outfit when he touched down 25 seconds shy of fulltime.
Reports of the boys and girls finals and tournament teams below:
Boys Final: Rotorua Boys’ High School: 4 v Hamilton Boys’ High School: 3
Two dramatic touchdowns in the final minute of the first-half were pivotal in Rotorua’s 4-3 triumph.
Down 3-1, with 58 seconds remaining until the interval, Rotorua closed the gap to 3-2 when Kalem Strickland fired a bullet pass to captain Jayden Sargent to dive over.
Hamilton responded by attacking ominously and Raiki Willison lunged towards the line on the hooter, but was caught in a desperate touch by Kawiti Rauwhero who then claimed the ball and rapidly released Silver Shuster who dashed the length of the field to tie the scores.
The second-spell saw both defences tighten and few chances afforded. Rotorua claimed a lead they never lost when Tereti Makarauri spiraled a long ball out to an unmarked Tome Poona with seven minutes left.
Earlier Hamilton attained a controversial lead when Cameron Todd ran from dummy-half and touched down.
Kobian Richardson had initially propelled Hamilton ahead after the opening drive left Rotorua undermanned on the right edge of their defense.
An extravagant dummy by by Jordan Tukana-Hudson created Rotorua’s first touchdown. The deception would have even fooled the man with no name!
Hamilton and Rotorua have won 12 of the 24 National Championships and this final was an illustration why. It was a typically gripping and high-quality tussle.
Girls Final: St Kentigern College: 4 v Hamilton Girls’ High School: 3
St Kentigern College rallied from a 2-3 deficit to dethrone the defending champions.
That first-half was a tense affair with both teams exchanging a try each. Tanith Pilkington crossed in the first set of six for St Kent’s and Regan Stephens responded for Hamilton.
The momentum turned Hamilton’s way after the break when New Zealand representative Jazmin Hotham seized the initiative and engineered two touchdowns for her side. Firstly she galloped away from the defence in a fine solo effort and then she distributed from dummy-half to create Stephens’ second.
Down 3-2, St Kent’s levelled with five minutes left when Lilly Ellis finished an overlap on the wing.
Jaymie Kolose was named girls tournament MVP and she saved her best moment to last, ferreting out of dummy-half and creating a second and winning touchdown for Ellis.
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The final NZSS tournament of the year starts tomorrow at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland.
The 2017 SAS NZ Secondary Schools Touch Championship takes place over three days from Friday – Sunday and features 60 of the leading school teams throughout New Zealand across three grades.
The tournament will display the best senior secondary school Touch players in New Zealand and with an increase of 10 teams from 2016, some of the best, explosive and dynamic Touch to be seen. It is the culmination of regional and zonal qualifying events held in February and March.
Defending champions Hamilton Boys’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School will be back hoping to retain their titles while the Mixed grade has been thrown wide open by the absence of two-time champions Whanganui High School. Perhaps Paeroa College will take the title after finishing bridesmaids last year.
The tournament will showcase all the new talent coming through the secondary school ranks, as well as school leavers transitioning into the senior ranks.
Last year Hamilton Boys’ High School beat Rotorua Boys’ High School 8-7 in the Boys final, while Hamilton Girls’ High School defeated Columba College in the Girls final and Whanganui High School overcame Paeroa College 9-5 in the Mixed final.
Tournament teams will be named at the conclusion of the tournament Last year’s Boys and Girls MVPs were Ifor Jones (Hamilton Boys) and Jazmin Hotham (Hamilton Girls), while the Mixed MVPs were Blair Osborne (Whanganui High School) and Ora Williams (Taupo Nui a Tia High School).
The tournament has been running since 1994. The previous 10 winners have been (Left to right Boys – Girls – Mixed):
Pool And Section play runs all day on Friday and Saturday and Sunday morning, heading into the finals from 1.30pm on Sunday.
For the Boys draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=3f7dee33-d8e9-4cd6-854a-4432a65244d5
For the Girls draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=b3e9b73b-3e56-4e5d-abd5-9f9c3e60c4a7
For the Mixed draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=86d83257-1600-4252-b360-ca5b7595ef79
Games are being livestreamed directly to the Touch NZ Facebook page. Plus photos and news and information.
Go here for more: www.facebook.com/touchnz/
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