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Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus


Parrs Park in the West of Auckland is the setting for the return match of women’s  U18 Football, the Australian Woomeras versus the New Zealand Kahus. It’s the last football game on the N.Z. football calendar.  Fortunately Parrs Park is well drained  as the area had received torrential rain for much of the Sunday morning leading up to the game which was played in light rain and  a blustery East wind.

The Kahus were looking to improve on their first outing with the Woomeras where they were comprehensively beaten. Parrs park is quite a picturesque ground with good a surface, good markings, facilities and solid goal posts. It’s also the home ground of the Magpies, one of six teams in the Auckland league.

The Kahus won the toss and decided to kick with the aid of a slight cross wind which unfortunately swung around almost straight after bounce down. The Woomeras were immediately into attack and the Kahus were constantly defending but after a period they able to break out of defence and mount attacking moves. It was a good quarter with the slightly inaccurate Woomeras scoring only one goal four behinds.

In the second quarter the Woomeras were on target slotting in some great shots to extend their score to five goals and five behinds.

The third and final quarters were similar in that that Woomeras were able to extend their score to nine goals six behinds and fourteen goals fourteen behinds respectfully. The Kahus had definitely improved on their first outing not only restricting the Woomeras to half their previous score but started orchestrating their style of play both in defence and in attack.

Considering that the Woomeras were drawn from all over Australia with a long history of Australian Football and the Kahus were drawn from the Auckland and Whangarei with a more limited playing experience it was a very encouraging result. In the slippery conditions there were some good skills on display. With more experience the Kahus will learn to instinctively make the right decisions and not to hesitate, making them competitive at national level. Indeed they were little unfortunate to be caught by some of the nuances of the game like slipping over on top of the ball or holding onto the ball a little too long when busting through a pack to be penalised for holding the ball.

Talking to Alex from AFLNZ he is very positive about the direction of Australian football in N.Z. The recent investment by the AFL in N.Z. is starting to show dividends with some juniors filtering through to community football. Even though N.Z. is a predominantly R.U. country there is a positive attitude by participants in AFL programs towards a new sport particularly because it is less restrictive and very physical.

The Kiwikick program is constantly expanding with a growing number of schools and participants. As such it needs a great deal of organisation and help made easier by an enthusiastic reception. Alex is also confident that crowd numbers will rebound at the next game in Wellington as the game will be in the afternoon, on a normal weekend, with popular teams and hopefully with reasonable weather.

Most people don’t know that there was a period when Australian Football was strong in N.Z. and that in 1908 N.Z. defeated NSW and Qld at the Australian Carnival winning 6 out of 11 games whilst on tour. Considering N.Z. isn’t too far removed from the situation in Sydney that saw the introduction of the Sydney Swans at AFL level we might seeing the foundations of something much bigger in the future.

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Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus.
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, December 15 2014 @ 11:20 pm ACDT

This is the bit that I want to hear more and more about from NZ over the next few years:

"The recent investment by the AFL in N.Z. is starting to show dividends with some juniors filtering through to community football."

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus.
Authored by: Harley Vague on Tuesday, December 16 2014 @ 07:58 am ACDT

The first participants in Kiwikick are maturing to 17 years so community football is an option. Alex is going to write an article with more detail about the game.

Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus
Authored by: Rory Slater on Wednesday, December 17 2014 @ 06:16 pm ACDT

Well the hyperbole re the history of our code in respect of NZ continues on this site.

The code in 1908 only existed thanks to the 99.9% patronage from ex pat Australians who happened to be in NZ for the gold rush, most returning to these fatal shores at the advent of war.

There is absolutely NO criteria of merit re a NZ footy pedigree in talking up their present past or future status, especially when there remains culturally deserving demographics domestically, that continue to be expediently overlooked by the AFL.

The ONLY criteria that is relevant to any NZ push as far as the bankers at the AFL are concerned, is a commercial tele one, hence the Wellington experiment, while it is the greatest insults thus far, to the codes devoted i.e. as my town of 400k plus, the nations capital that boasts a history of formally playing the game for over 100 years and an honour board to match thank you very much, to mention NZ in the same breath.

It would seem some contributors to WFN know more about NZ footy than they do about the history of the game in their very own capital and for those who are about to mention GWS, this is an acronym for 'Greater Western Sydney' and bears no symbolic or cultural relevance to Canberra. GWS will never be embraced by the good people of Canberra, it is NOT our team while we are simply a commercial safety net for the AFL's foray into the alien frontier that is Western Sydney.

Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Wednesday, December 17 2014 @ 10:04 pm ACDT

I was worried you had left us Rory. Glad to have your continued patronage. We of course support the ongoing growth and prosperity of the game everywhere - be it Canberra, Auckland or Greenland. Have a merry Christmas mate and a footy filled 2015.

Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, December 18 2014 @ 03:02 pm ACDT

99.9% expat aussie and only in New Zealand because of the gold rush isn't hyperbole??? Better take a re read of your history books ol' son, wide comb v narrow comb might help, many shearers crossed and recrossed the lake back then too.

You are correct in saying NZ Aussie rules died because of advent of WWI but there were many New Zealander footy players that enlisted and many of them didn't return to NZ as did the thousands of Aussies that didn't come home.

Yes, the Anzac Day matches could well be put down to AFL's banker's and therefore your gripe about Canberra and GWS if it exists should be directed to the AFL.
Unfortunately your intense dislike of Kiwi's and New Zealand comes roaring thru when you attack WFN contributors who express a little satisfaction when the 'recent investment' in junior footy appears to bearing fruit by way of Woomera's and Kahu.

No venom is apparent when Flying Boomerangs and AIS/AFL junior sides visiting South Africa and Europe (AFL investment too)look like bearing fruit with the likes of Axel Bang, Mikkel Kjoge, Josip Habljak and some of the Irish guys that are coming into the game.
All this is good for AFL (Aussie Rules) in Denmark, France, Germany, Croatia, Japan, South Africa, Fiji, Vanuatu and the list goes on.
The gripe about how much and where the investment is going is pretty much WFN's gripe too I think.
So have a good Xmas and keep kicking the "AFL Canberra" footy
and please don't smack down any New Zealand footy players you meet touring "our nation's capital" over the Xmas holidays. :-)

PS. I do believe New Zealanders did actually play in the games in France in WWI that are now commemorated with the Anzac Day match at Villers- Bretonneux, France annually.

Australian Woomeras spear New Zealand Kahus
Authored by: Harley Vague on Saturday, December 27 2014 @ 11:06 am ACDT


Here is the full wrap by NZAFL.



Edited on Saturday, December 27 2014 @ 11:07 am ACDT by Harley