The Wellington AFL Tigers wrapped up the AFL Season with a trip down to Christchurch to take on the Otago and Canterbury in the 2019 National Provincial Championship (NPC). Both Wellington and Otago teams made the last stretch from the city to the ground on a fleet of Lime Scooters, bringing an unexpected boost to the local economy. On to the footy: Canterbury took out Otago in the first match of the day, and the Tigers did much the same vs Otago in the second match. While the competition was better than the scoreboard indicated (Tigers 144 v Otago 1), it was a good chance for the Tigers to try out field placements, and work out how best to read teammates who only the week before were opponents.
In final match of the day, the Tigers took on the Canterbury Cobras. Due to the strength of both sides defenses, it was a very low-scoring affair, but the standard of football was at an exceptional level. While trailing by a couple of goals headed into the final quarter, the Tigers were able to keep pegging the score back, but three late behinds in a row to the Tigers meant that they weren’t going to be able to get enough points on the scoreboard before the siren went. Final score: Canterbury 3-4-22 v Wellington 2-8-20
Congratulations to Canterbury for taking out the 2018 NPC Shield, and to both Otago and Wellington for getting teams together and travelling to Christchurch to compete! Thanks to Canterbury for organising the field, umpires, and other gameday requirements to make the day possible! From conversations after the games, it sounds like everyone was looking forward to locking in the 2019 NPC asap, and hopefully Auckland AFL (or any other province interested for that matter) will be able to send a team down to add to the competition!
And a special thanks to the Tigers Coaces and management that traveled to support: John Jackson, Garth Sabo, and Donna Gill! This trip would not have been possible without your support!
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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!
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 AFL New Zealand (AFLNZ) National Provincial Championship (NPC) will take place on the weekend of 10 December in Auckland. Traditionally, four teams compete at NPC: Auckland, Canterbury, Otago/Regional, and Wellington.