Wellington Tigers Coaches John Jackson and Garth Sabo have named a strong 35-man training squad to face the Canterbury Cobras and Otago Riot at the 2018 NPC being held in Christchurch on 15th and 16th of December. The 2017 NPC champions the Auckland Buccaneers have decided to not enter a team. The squad was selected on form over the first six rounds of the 9 round WAFL competition and is littered with talent from recent AFLNZ Academy graduates Jonah Christians and Doug McJorrow, New Zealand age grade reps Alex Awatere, Lewis Gill and Tayne Lockwood as well as International cup stand outs Misilifi Faimalo, Peter Halstead, James Kusel and Josh Morgan-Ranui. With such a strong squad Coaches Jackson and Sabo will have a tough time trimming the final squad. The squad will be trimmed to 26 for the competition.
Congratulations to the 2018 Wellington Tigers Training Squad!
- Alex Awatere (NCD)
- Andrew Bisset (WCS)
- Simon Charles (WCS)
- Jonah Christians (HVE)
- Stanley Chung (ESB)
- James Cocoran (WCS)
- Cody Dodd (WCS)
- Misilifi Faimalo (NCD)
- Jaylan Farris (HVE)
- Andrew Gavaghan (WCS)
- Phil Gerald (ESB)
- Lewis Gill (NCD)
- Peter Halstead (ESB)
- James Kusel (HVE)
- Matt Lewis (ESB)
- Dan Lewy (ESB)
- Tayne Lockwood (NCD)
- Pat Lovelock (HVE)
- Michael Martinez (ESB)
- Doug McJorrow (WCS)
- Kewa McMillan-Parata (ESB)
- Dean Milburn (HVE)
- Josh Morgan-Ranui (NCD)
- Adam Moore (WCS)
- Blake Neve (ESB)
- Tom Robby (ESB)
- John Sabo (ESB)
- James Sharp (ESB)
- Luke Shervey (ESB)
- Keegan Taig (ESB)
- James Terry (ESB)
- Peter van Kampen (HVE)
- Luke Vincent (HVE)
- Hugh Wilson (ESB)
- Michael Willis (NCD)
Functions for Tiger’s Squad Announcement & Season 2018 Awards Presentation Set
The Tiger’s head coach, John Jackson and his coaching panel will announce the 2018 Tiger’s squad at a function after Round 7 on Sun 18 November, at the Stop Out Clubrooms on fringe of Hutt Park. The announcement will be coupled with food supplied by the WAFL and the bar at Stop Out will be open with refreshments for young and old available for purchase. This is the Squad that Wellington will take to the South Island to take on Canterbury AFL and Otago AFL in the 2018 NPC! Come on out to support your teammates, and the wider Wellington Squad!
For the first time in recent memory, Wellington AFL will announce the winners of 4 awards at the Season 2018 Awards Presentation. This function will be held after the WAFL Grand Final (Sun 9 Dec) in the Stop Out Clubrooms, a stone’s throw from the Hutt Park Oval. Come on out to support the two teams competing in the 2018 Grand Final (both slots still wide open), and then come out and celebrate the season that was, with food supplied by the WAFL, and drinks for adults & younger ones available for purchase at the Stop Out bar. Awards for this season include: Rising Star, Coaches Vote, Umpires Vote, and Golden Boot.
See everyone out there for both functions to celebrate our great sport in the coolest little capital!
The 2018 Wellington Youth Competition kicked off last Sunday with great representation for the under-15 and under-17 competitions. Headed by AFL New Zealand, The Youth Competition for boys and girls was created to compliment the pathway for participants to enjoy and excel in AFL.
Each session involves drills, enhancing the players’ skills, confidence & fitness, followed by a game of AFL for the second half of the session. Each week will introduce new skills and build on the previous weeks, developing well-rounded athletes.
The sessions are held on Sunday mornings before the Senior WAFL competition, and the Senior teams help out with the drills and umpiring of the games. All skill levels are welcome and represented, from those who are only just hearing about the game to those who have represented New Zealand in the U-18 Boys and Girls sides.
It’s not too late to come on out and give AFL a go, just make sure you register for the AFL New Zealand Youth Competition 2018, and we’ll see you out there!
1st Round-Robin Review
At the end of the first round-robin, each team has had the chance to play the others once, and it brings us one-third of the way through the WAFL 2018 season! As expected, the reigning premiers: E.S. Bulldogs came out of the blocks firing, but through each of the first two games they were behind at some point during the second half, with late goals just before and just after the siren sealing their wins. Can they carry this momentum through the break and into the Grand Final?
The H.V. Eagles have had a great start to the season, although Player/Manager Peter Van Kampen says there is still a long way to go with the fresh-look Eagles side. Sitting second on the ladder brings little relief though, as they know they have a target on their back that grows with each win.
The W.C. Saints are pleased to have picked up a few players in the off-season that give them better speed and endurance. This has always been a challenge, and now they feel they can compete across the field. The next step is getting a consistent line up across the park (an struggle for most of the league). Coach Gregor Kempt is “Happy with where we are at, and looking forward to the second round-robin.”
The young-gun Demons have struggled to get a win on the board, but have plenty of positives to take out of the first round-robin of the season. Competing teams have noted how the Demons are noticeably playing better as a team (ie: shepherding), working through the midfield, even against an experienced Bulldogs side, and how even when they are down on the scoreboard, they are still on the attack until the final siren. An expected influx of several senior players from Wellington GAA (Gaelic Footballers) after the Labour Weekend break could just be the injection the Demons need to make a convincing shot at playing in the Grand Final in December!
Here is the table after the first round-robin, heading in to the Labour Weekend break:
AFL GF Viewing and WAFL GF set
The 2018 WAFL Season is about to kick off, with Round 1 featuring a 2017 Grand Final rematch between the Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs & the Wellington City Saints at 1pm, followed by the always tenacious North City Demons taking on the new-look Hutt Valley Eagles at 3pm.
Catch the full 2018 WAFL Schedule, including important dates at the Schedule page.
Congratulations to the 2018 WAFL Committee, elected in at the 2018 AGM! Positions held are:
- President: Byron Roff
- Secretary: Matthew Lewis
- Treasurer: David Plumb
- AFLNZ Representative: Rebecca Smith
- Youth Academy Representative: Renaldo Christians
- Independent Umpire Representative: Hugh Wilson
Formalise Society name change
Change Society name from “Wellington Australian Rules Football Club, Incorporated” to “Wellington Australian Football League, Incorporated”
Formalise new Society rules
See proposed new rules
Formalise Committee Nominations
See below “Committee Nominations”
Formally approve FY2017 Finances
See WAFL Accounts 2017
Formalise WAFL Codes of Conduct
Note: Any WAFL member may nominate other WAFL members up to the time of the AGM. Email email@example.com if you would like to nominate someone for any of these positions.
| Byron Roff
||Played over 100 games for Eastern Suburbs bulldogs, 7 seasons for Wellington Tigers and was in the NZAFL international cup squads in both 2002 and the tournament winning side in 2005. Byron has previous sports administration experience having been at WAFL committee member (2002-2008), NZAFL board member (2006-2008) and surf lifesaving committee member(2013-2017). Byron is currently a board member for two companies and is an owner of a project management consultancy. Byron offers strong governance and leadership skills, coupled with a good understanding of our game.
| Matt Lewis
||ES Bulldogs Secretary 2016-present. Co-founder of the Wellington AFL development league
||Submitted WARFC finances 2015-present, assisting then-Treasurer: Margaret Lavery
| Rebecca Smith
||AFL Kiwikick coach 2013 – 2014. AFL New Zealand Head Office 2017 to present
| Hugh Wilson
||Qualified level 2 AFL umpire & Wellington Tigers rep for last 3 years. Joint founder of Wellington AFL development league
Youth Academy Representative
| Renaldo Christians
||AFNZL Academy Manager – Wellington (2016-current), AFLNZ Level 2 Team Manager 2016, 2017