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NZ Hawks no match for AIS

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In the eagerly anticipated first Australian football match between the two countries at any level, the Under-17 AIS-AFL Academy squad overcame the New Zealand Hawks by 91 points at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.

After the Kiwis performed a stirring rendition of the haka, they got the jump on the Aussies in the first quarter with former Fremantle Docker forward Adam Campbell helping the home team to a five-point lead at the first break.

The Australians, coached by Brisbane Lions triple-premiership player Chris Johnson, hit back in the second quarter, kicking six goals-to-none to open a 31-point lead at half-time.

New Zealand showed it could compete with the best Under-17 players in Australia in the third term, delighting the enthusiastic crowd and showcasing the potential the code has in the South Pacific.

Australia booted well clear in the last quarter to leave an unflattering scoreboard after a tighter tussle for three quarters.

The AFL has committed to return to New Zealand in 2013.

FINAL SCORE
New Zealand 4.1 4.3 6.3 6.3 (39)
Australia 3.2 9.4 12.12 19.16 (130)

GOALS
Australia: Jack Billings 4, Jack Martin 3, Clayton McCartney 2, Luke Dunstan 2, Dylan Loo, Ben Lennon, Jess Hogan, Cain Tickner, Billy Hartung, Sam Garstone, Dallas Willsmore, Matt Scharenberg
New Zealand: Adam Campbell 2, Andrew Christenson, Kurt Heatherley, Shem Tatupu, Khan Haretuku

BEST
Australia: Jack Billings, Luke McDonald, Billy Hartung, Jess Hogan, James Aish, Ben Lennon, Luke Dunstan, Matt Scharenberg
New Zealand: Kurt Heatherley, Michael Gregson, Adam Campbell, Andrew Chrighton, Sami Tuitiupo, Khan Haretuku

Full story and Wayne Schwass video at http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/128298/default.aspx

Photos courtesy of http://juntanlaycosports.com/p34021189

 

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: smusic on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 02:47 am ACDT

At least the New Zealanders were wearing Aussie Rules Jumpers!! will someone PLEASE design a proper jumper for the Australian national teams??? this 'soccer' shirt they wear makes them look like a mob of - well - soccer players (read - softies) yes I know it is based on the Inter Rules jumper but surely they can wear a decent jumper when they play AUSSIE RULES!!!!! what a great step forward tho for the game - the match i mean NOT the shirt.

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Authored by: Ash Nugent on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 09:29 am ACDT

I agree; even just a more fitted, sleeveless version of the IR top or the Kookaburras (hockey) top!

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Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 11:14 am ACDT

Have to agree with you Ash and smusic, the first thought when l saw the team photo was that somebody had put a photo of the Rugby League team in by mistake. It is not an Aussie rules jumper that is for sure.

New Zealand was wearing an Aussie rules jumper and Australia was wearing a Rugby jumper. WEIRD!!!!!!

Maybe its because we don't play Aussie Rules anymore, we play AFL.!!!!!

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 11:29 am ACDT

Some good work by the Kiwis.

Surely we could have at least a Port style jumper in the Aussie colours.

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Authored by: Josh Davey on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 06:53 am ACDT

 Based on? It is the International Rules Jumper. This is the Jumper used when Australia reps the AFL on an international stage

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 02:07 pm ACDT

I totally agreed with most of this sentiment.  A distinctive characteristic of our game is the sleeveless jumper, yet our national junior side continues to wear sleeves.  Maybe it was practical for International Rules (for some reason, maybe cold weather in Ireland) but this is the Australian football squad and should wear an Australian football jumper.

And it's a great point, the Kiwis wearing an Aussie rules style jumper and the Aussies wearing a jumper that looks more like Rugby style.

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: Costa on Wednesday, February 01 2012 @ 09:50 pm ACDT

It would be dead easy to transfer that design on a sleeveless jumper. Seems like there's some extra sponsorship plastered on the sleeves... bet that's why they don't play in a proper Aussie rules jumper.

The AFL's got plenty of money, there's no excuse to not have real jumpers.

The sleeveless jumper helps people who are new to the game distinguish it from the rugby codes (which is for some reason harder than it should be). It's just good branding.

 

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: joingler on Saturday, February 04 2012 @ 11:44 am ACDT

Does anyone have some crowd figures for the match? Looks like there was a decent gathering based on a couple of the photos

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, February 04 2012 @ 02:25 pm ACDT

Some photos show a few people, others show empty stands.  I would guess only a few hundred.  But then you wouldn't expect many for a non-dominant sport, in the off season, featuring an under age side.  So really a few hundred would be a bonus.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: Rory Slater on Monday, February 06 2012 @ 09:40 pm ACDT

 Most of the crowd were Ozzies who live in Wellington I have on fairly good authority..

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NZ Hawks no match for AIS
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, February 07 2012 @ 09:43 am ACDT

I assume your source is an Australian since you have previously indicated your dislike of New Zealanders.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, February 07 2012 @ 09:59 am ACDT

Must be lots of Osbourne's in New Zealand like the Smith's and Jones' in Aussie.

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