New Zealand enjoyed considerable Australian footballing success in 2005. Besides winning the International Cup [in an MCG final], the Pacific nation was invited to compete in the Australian Country Championships and thousands of junior participants were exposed to the sport. This February, Auckland hosts New Zealand's premier domestic football tournament - the National Provincial Championships - which will determine the nation's best senior league.Aussie Rules footie is a sport best seen live, so if you want to see the highest standard of live footie available in NZ, get down to the ground this weekend. And now you know where I'll be spending a lot of my weekend, feel free to join me in a VB on the sidelines.
What: New Zealand's Australian Football NPC tournament
Where: Mountfort Park, Manurewa. Map here.
When: This Saturday and Sunday. Fixture list here.
LINKS: NPC Fixture list - NZAFL
NPC to showcase NZ's footballing talent - World Footy News
National Championships preview - NZAFL
AFL's Talent Manager commits to international youth development - World Footy News