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