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Schwass says the AFL should get into New Zealand


Former North Melbourne star Wayne Schwass says in the Herald Sun that New Zealand can develop into a strong AFL breeding ground and wants to see a match played across the Tasman for premiership points.

AFL New Zealand continues to push the league for a home-and-away match to be played in the country as early as next year, with Anzac Day suggested as a potential date.

Schwass who was born in New Zealand backed taking a game across the Tasman. "We are into Tasmania, the AFL are exploring China, and I understand that from a commercial point of view, but New Zealand is three hours across the ditch."

Schwass is an assistant coach for the New Zealand Hawks, who play the AIS-AFL Academy squad in Wellington on Saturday 28th January.

New Zealand-born Hawthorn player Shane Savage hosted a contingent from the NZ Hawks yesterday at a Hawks training session and said the sport was going forward in his homeland. Schwass and International Rookie Kurt Heatherley lead the group, also comprising ex Saint Khan Haretuku, Andrew Crighton, Andrew Christensen, Andrew Howison, Aaron Harris and Justin Clark.

After casting his eye over the New Zealand talent in a skills session Schwass said “the country boasted plenty of potential, you just have to look at some of the players that we have got here today, the players have got great body shapes", he said.

"It's important to recognise that we are not going to replace rugby union because it is part of New Zealand's DNA. But the reality is that there are 15 spots available to play for the All-Blacks and you need to be very special. In the AFL, we have got two new teams, that is 100 extra opportunities. It's quicker to go to New Zealand than it is to Perth."

An AFL NZ spokesman said junior development was a focus, with about 20,000 children playing Auskick equivalent Kiwi Kick in Auckland.

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Schwass says the AFL should get into New Zealand
Authored by: Van_Dieman on Monday, January 23 2012 @ 05:32 pm ACDT

I'm surprised to hear that footy is moving forward in NZ. Club & league develoment seems to have been on a plateau for the last few years with no growth in club numbers in the being at a standstill in all leagues-infact reading AFLNZ's web site one could be forgiven in thinking that the Wellington League was withering given the number of forfeited matches this last season.


What's happening over there -- that's not being (or is little) reported -- that gives cause for optiimism?

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Schwass says the AFL should get into New Zealand
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, January 24 2012 @ 11:42 am ACDT

Although I agree that at senior level there doesn't appear to have been much growth and some ongoing problems, if you read back through some of Rod's recent articles you'll find a host of promising work with juniors, particularly around the HANZ UP program.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Schwass says the AFL should get into New Zealand
Authored by: Rory Slater on Saturday, January 28 2012 @ 09:58 pm ACDT


How in heavens name does WS realise any correlation between Tassie and NZ?

More hard sell on the part of the ever growing Kiwi push to appropriate our code..

Wayne, Tassie is not only integral to our federated states and physically, i.e. geographically and geologically connected to our continental shelf, they actually command respect given their historically rich Australian footy pedigree and status.

NZ could just as well be Mars is footy terms and contrary to certain sentiments held amongst the more paternally naive in this country, they are a sovereign nation that shows little more than a novel interest in our code,  less than that of Gridiron and Gaelic footy.

This sort of hyperbole is insulting to those i.e. myself. The notion that NZ should be compared and therefore entitled to leap frog domestically deserving footy demographics, of which there are many or to be mentioned in the same breath as Tassie, the NT, the ACT to name a few, is tacky and misleading and tantamount to cultural sacrilege.


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