Big thank you to all the 80 participants who braved the wind and rain to compete in the inaugural Howick Hornets AFL Golf Fundraiser last Sunday. With your help the club will be able to purchase additional required uniforms and balls needed for the upcoming season.
We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the key sponsors on the day who provided awesome prizes that were well received. Howick Hornets extend their gratitude to;
Howick Golf Club
Basalt Bar and Restaurant
Scaffold Connect Limited
Sals Pizza Highland Park
Coca Cola Amatil
The day was a huge success and we look forward to improving the day to make it bigger and better next year.
The Howick Hornets have welcomed Travis Walker into the club this week. Travis brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be filling in the role of Assistant Coach and Ruckman / Key Forward. The Hornets playing group is very excited to have more experience within the squad, which is also an opportunity for them to develop their own game.
Travis started his football career at Narre Warren Football Club in Melbourne. He then moved onto the EFL and payed a few years for Silvan FC with his mates before finishing up his junior year at Dingly FC. At Dingly he has achieved a Grand Final win and also achieved best on ground being awarded the Lloyd Griffiths medal.
Travis' senior career saw him move out to country football. Playing in country football provided Travis valuable experience and helped develop his game. We have heard through valuable sources that Travis is powerful ruckman who is able to win the contest by dominating his opponent. Travis finished up in Australia at Heatherton FC before jumping the ditch and coming to the Hornets.
The Hornets Club and Family would like to welcome Travis to the club and look forward to playing footy with him this 2018 season.
Up the Hornets!
The Hornets debut season in the AFLNZ Premiership has finished with a flourish. At the conclusion of round 9, the Hornets had 5 players who had at least 1 cap for their respected teams with Luke Williams, Elliott Bennetts and Ryan White all playing the majority of the season and Kevin Crowe and Andy Cook being called up to the Giants in Round 7 & 9.
Elliot Bennetts, a key small forward for the Giants helped them secure the 2018 premiership in round 7 with two games to play. The Giants managed a 7 game unbeaten streak only to come undone in round 8 against the Crows. The Giants finished strong with a 92 point victory over the Suns in round 9 and Elliot kicking a goal from a set shot.
Elliot's knowledge of the game has developed playing along side some very experienced players. He was impressed with the intensity and level of play that is required to play in the premiership and looks to take the same intensity and his knowledge back to the Hornets for their season in 2018.
Luke Williams has performed extremely well throughout the premiership which has resulted in him being picked for the New Zealand youth side to play in Wellington. As an academy player he is allocated to a team each week; where he has slotted right in to their starting line up. Luke has been very consistent throughout the season, earning a position in the team of the week in round 6 and the rising star award in round 9. The rising star is an award for youth players whom perform exceedingly well. Luke will be a huge asset to the Hornets for future years as he is still young but gaining a lot of experience playing in the senior competitions and representing New Zealand.
Ryan White was the sole Hornet in the Western Crows. He improved week in week out; with his confidence growing through the season. Playing alongside New Zealand representatives he has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge which he looks forward to passing on to his fellow Hornets. Ryan was named captain of the Western Crows for the final game in round 9 and was awarded the Best and Fairest award for his performance in round 9. He was also awarded the Western Crows Best and Fairest for the season which was a huge honour for his debut season.
Kevin Crowe and Andy Cook both got a taste of what premiership football is all about. The both played one game for the Central Giants alongside Elliot Bennetts. We hope that they enjoyed their experience and it encourages them to play in the competition the following year and for more Hornets to sign up. Having more Hornets playing at a higher level will only benefit the club as we go from strength to strength.
The 2018 premiership was hugely successful for the Hornets.
A huge congratulations to Luke Williams for earning a place in the New Zealand AFL Academy Level 2 team, set to take on Mornington Peninsula BlueScope Steelers at Westpac Stadium on ANZAC weekend.
Luke has been playing superbly in the AFLNZ Premiership and his appointment is well deserved. Luke is consistently kicking goals for which ever team he is playing for; usually being marked by senior players. Luke was named in the Premiership team of the week in round 6.
Luke has played for the Hornets (and Pakuranga) for two years; having picked up the sport through the Kiwikick Programme in Pakuranga College. Luke played his first games for Pakuranga Panthers as a 16 year old and continue to play for the team as we became the Howick Hornets. Luke is so committed to the team that he traveled from Hamilton each weekend to play for the Hornets in 2017.
Congratulations Luke and all the best for the game.
Up the Hornets!
The Howick Hornets are hosting a fundraiser at the Howick Golf Club on Sunday 27th of May in conjunction with Howick Golf Club & Basalt Bar & Restaurant.
The tournament will be groups of four playing Ambrose. The rules of Ambrose will be explained on the day. There will also be a longest drive competition and closest to the pin. There will be registration for the teams of 4 and individuals (who will be placed to make a team of 4)
Included in your entry is a BBQ Breakfast provided by Basalt with refreshments and a lunch and beverage after you have completed your round.
The Howick Golf Club is located on Musick Point and boasts million dollar views of the Hauraki Gulf. So come join the Hornets as we cross codes on this picturesque golf course.
For more information please contact Andrew Azzopardi 021 220 7112
Happy belated New Years from the Howick Hornets! 2018 is well underway and preparations for the Hornets season has already begun.
We currently have four Hornets players in the AFLNZ Premiership which is in full swing and some great footy is being played. Elliot Bennetts who was drafted into the Central Giants as a small forward has helped his team continue their undefeated run through the premiership. Elliot has enjoyed playing among New Zealand representatives which has developed his game.
Kevin Crowe who was also drafted into the Central Giants debuted for the outfit last Sunday making his comeback from injury. Kevin & Elliot combined to help the Giants pile on a 90 point victory over the Southern Saints. The Giants have won 7 games in a row enough to claim the AFLNZ Premiership Title with 2 games to spare.
Ryan White who plays for the Western Crows whom are currently second on the table is also enjoying the AFLNZ premiership. Playing in his original position in the backline he has helped the team be one of the top defending teams in the competition. The Western Crows boast arguably the most experience on ball brigade which Ryan has been put in to play with; further developing his skills.
Luke Williams is an AFL Acadamy player which means he is not officially drafted into any team; rather the Acadamy players are allocated a team on the day. Luke has played with Ryan and had a stand out performance against the Northern Suns which they look to back that performance up as they team up against the Suns again this weekend. Luke also played against Ryan the last week for the Southern Saints. Luke's performance was outstanding gaining him a position in the team of the week. Last Sunday Ryan and Luke combined again to take down the Norther Suns.
There is 2 weeks left in the competition so plenty of good football to come and watch!
The Howick Hornets 2018 season will be kicking off on the 27th of May with a golfing fundraiser. The Hornets will be putting on a golf day at the Howick Golf Club with more details to follow. This is sure to be a cracker of a day so make sure you register early.
The AFL & League club have come together to create the Howick Hornets Netball team. Playing in the Howick Pakuranga competition in a social grade during the winter months the team is still looking for extra ladies to play. The uniforms have been designed and look very sharp. So if you are interested please contact Andrew Azzopardi 021 220 7112.
Building on the success of last years junior workshop the Hornets will be hosting multiple workshops throughout the season to showcase the sport introduce the kids to the sport. Keep your eyes peeled on our website for the next junior workshop.
Finally heading into the official season in September the Hornets will be organising a preseason camp. The camp will be an intensive weekend of football skills and fitness. It aims to get the senior squad firing on all cylinders as they come into the 2018 season looking to better their result from last year.
There's plenty of things happening this year, not to mention the Howick Hornets Rugby League season has started down at the Hornets Nest; we look forward to a successful 2018.
Up the Hornets!
Hornet players Logan Kinnear, Kevin Crowe & Andrew Azzopardi, will be running out in the blue and white hoops for the Auckland Buccaneers this weekend. Auckland is hosting the National Premiership Competition, with all games being played at QBE stadium Albany.
The draw for the weekend is as follows;
Saturday December 9th 2017
1.30pm GAME 1 Wellington vs Auckland
3.00pm GAME 2 Canterbury vs Otago
Sunday December 10th 2017
9.30am GAME 3 Wellington vs Otago
11.00am GAME 4 Canterbury vs Auckland
1.30pm GAME 5 Auckland vs Otago
3.00pm GAME 6 Canterbury vs Wellington
It would be great to see some support for the Hornets & Auckland as they try to retain the top spot.
Auckland Australian Football League hosted their annual league Best & Fairest awards last night.
The AAFL Best & Fairest awards are a ceremony to celebrate and pick the leagues Best & Fairest player, best umpire, best first year player,leading goal kicker, volunteer of the year & coach of the year. It is also a time where they name the "All Auckland" team which is the leagues choice of players who excelled in their positions.
The award ceremony kicked off with round voting for the Best & Fairest where a few Hornets picked up votes. Andrew Azzopardi, Josh MacMahon & Kevin Crowe all picked up votes in rounds 1-4.
Following the votes was the first two awards. First up was Rookie of the Year or Best First year player which was awarded to our very own Kevin Crowe!
The next award was the Golden Boot Trophy for leading goal kicker of the season. Beating second place of 25 goals, Coach and star Full Forward Andrew Azzopardi took out the honours with a tally of 37 goals. The Hornets were 2 of 2 awards from the night.
After a short break we were into the last part of the evening. Votes were given for rounds 5-8 and again the Hornets were picking up votes, Kevin Crowe, Alan Rathbun & Ben Biggelaar all picking up a couple of votes and Elliot Bennetts, Oli Tabaillou and Pete Jones also picking up a vote.
Coach Andrew Azzopardi then won the Coach of the Year award. It came as no surprise really after the tremendous season the Hornet have had which was a complete turnaround from 2016. The award was presented after a congratulatory speech by Umpire Rob Greenwood.
The final rounds saw Andy Cook and James Mackinder as well as Kevin Crowe picking up votes. All up the Hornets had 10 people with votes, which was the 3rd highest in the league. After tallying the votes the highest placed Hornet was Kevin Crowe with 10 votes, only 4 behind the AAFL Best & Fairest winner. What an amazing achievement for a first year player.
The final act of the night was the announcement of the AAFL All Auckland team. In the Full Back line Pete Jones was named, another first year player who has come so far from when they first played. In the Full Forward line Golden Boot Andrew Azzopardi was named, the league had to pick their leading goal kicker. The final player from the Hornets names as interchange was Kevin Crowe.
This was the most successful AAFL awards in Hornets / Panthers history and was the icing on the cake for a great season.
With the upcoming NPC tournament held in Auckland; the Auckland Buccaneers have announced their squad to take on the other regions. Of the handful of Hornet players nominated in the wider squad, three were chosen. The team is as follows;
Chris Mundell - University
Rob Malone - AAFL
Logan Kinnear - Howick
Andrew Azzopardi - Howick
Kevin Crowe - Howick
Joel Brown - Manurewa
Sam Mckenzie - Mt Roskill
Michael Boyce - Mt Roskill
Matt Kemp - Mt Roskill
Mitch Ryan - North Shore
Jackson Clince - North Shore
Joey Alesich - North Shore
Josh Cuniliffe - North Shore
Ty Smith - North Shore
Jake Tucker - North Shore
Rhys Pegoraro - North Shore
Te Kopa Tipene Thomas - North Shore
David Cory Toussaint - University
Tim Stokes - University
Stephen Parton - University
Harrison Manks - University
Declan Crann - Waitakere
Dave Rattenbury - Waitakere
Shane Leat - Waitakere
Carlos Donnell Brown - Waitakere
Josh Copeland - Waitakere
Mike Gregson - Waitakere
Emergencies Steph Tabaillou University, Nico Donnell Brown Waitakere, Hamish McKay Mt Roskill
What a year for the Howick Hornets!
Congratulations to the Howick Hornets who have achieved representative honours. Good luck in the upcoming tournament and do the Hornets proud. Updates on when and where they will be playing will be put up on the website.
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The four Howick Hornet players eligible for selection in the AFLNZ Premiership were snapped up in the highly anticipated AFLNZ draft last night.
Elliot Bennetts, Tim Elsley & Kevin Crowe were all picked to play for the Central Giants while Ryan White was picked up in the Western Crows.
This is highly exciting for the Howick Hornets, given the first opportunity to play AFL at a higher level against the best the country has to offer. The games kick off in February next year at QBE Stadium Albany, make sure you come along to support the Hornets. Keep updated on our website for details regarding matches and when the Hornets V Hornet clash will be.
We hope these are the first of many players from the mighty Hornets club to play in the AFL Premiership.
Up the Hornets!