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NPC in Wellington To Crown NZ's Best Province

This year's NPC will be held in Wellington this weekend. With 4 teams competing- Auckland, Canterbury,Otago and Wellington it should be a great weekend of footy.

Auckland's team is dominated by the AAFL's Grand Final winning University Blues and their opponents, the Waitakere Magpies. It is a team that is chock full of International Cup experience and includes current Hawthorn international scholarship holder Siope Ngata and previous scholarship holder, Rhys Panui-Leith, They are defending champions and will be a formidable team.

Canterbury won the three previous titles and will be ready to reclaim their Cup. They too are a team chock full of experience internationally and will possibly be part of the title deciding game on Sunday afternoon.

Otago are a team without any formal competition. They have 2014 International Cupper Logan Toomer as their captain and as a tight knit group from the way south of NZ will be keen to win their first game at this level.

Wellington are at home and have put together a solid team. They only have two players with International Cup experience but that will not stop the Tigers from looking at pinching the title. With 11 of the Premiership winning Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs in their line up and it also including their Grand Final opponents, North City Demons, very talented Waylon Baker and some of his teenage teammates they are talking it up.

Please view the AFLNZ preview for more information http://aflnz.co.nz/npc-set-to-kick-of...ellington/
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NPC in Wellington To Crown NZ's Best Province
Authored by: Rod Shaw on Saturday, December 27 2014 @ 04:08 pm ACDT

The tournament had some very good football according to reports provided personally to me and on AFLNZ.co.nz. Full match reports and award winners are available there.

Canterbury were undefeated being re-crowned as premier province having been very strong over recent seasons but dropping the title to the Aucklanders in 2013. Auckland were again good coming away with two wins. Wellington were very competitive against both Canterbury and Auckland with only a 3 goal losing average against them meanwhile accounting for Otago easily.

Pleasingly Otago were able to attend again which shows a core is developing in the far south but they are in need of some form of regular local competition.

The loss of Waikato at this level is disappointing but can be traced to the loss on NZ legend Jim Lucy whose focus has been elsewhere in recent seasons. The return to WA of both Jim and Jenny will be a huge loss to NZ footy.

Though the talent ID aspects and junior development aspects of the AFLNZ programs are going from strength to strength it is not having such a noticeable effect at this level. I am sure all involved hope that greater depth in terms of teams develops at this level reflective of local programs.