Contributed by: Rod Shaw
AFL New Zealand's website has become a great resource for all the latest footy news in New Zealand. Here's a pointer to more positive news.
As a result of the the Hawks Cup initiative developed jointly by the Hawthorn Football Club and AFL NZ many talented athletes are being drawn to participating in footy throughout more and more of NZ.
Some of the most talented young athletes from Northland to Otago have been identified through the Hawks Cup Secondary School competitions as well as testing combines conducted through out the country and will participate in two days of fixtures at the picturesque Hutt park.
Those who compete have the opportunity to progress in the AFL talent pathway.
From this tournament an initial Under 18 New Zealand Hawks squad will be selected in preparation for fixtures against Victoria to be played in Auckland in October 2013.
Representatives from several AFL Clubs will be on hand in the hope of signing talented individuals on an International Scholarship that could lead to a professional AFL career.
For more see:- http://www.aflnz.co.nz/under-18-national-championships
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