ROUND 10 of the MPJFL season saw an exciting new initiative come to life, with the launch of an International Exchange Program between the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League and AFL New Zealand.
New Zealand born Cooper Clark represented the South Mornington Junior Football Club in a historic moment for the relationship between the MPJFL and AFL New Zealand, kicking two goals in a win against Sorrento over the weekend. Earlier this year, Cooper represented the AFL New Zealand Academy against the MPJFL, competing against a side that featured five of his newly formed teammates at South Mornington.
The relationship between the MPJFL and AFL New Zealand has continually developed over the past 8 years, with a shared passion for Australian Rules Football the cornerstone of the exciting international collaboration.
The MPJFL would like to thank the South Mornington Junior Football Club for their willingness to engage with this initiative, and for facilitating a positive experience for Cooper and his family.
Planning is now underway to expand on the foundations of this exchange program, with exciting and innovative opportunities in the pipeline for both participants of the MPJFL, and the young aspiring footballers across the Tasman Sea.
Spots for the 2024 MPJFL New Zealand Tour are filling up fast. If you are interested in participating, please contact your club to submit an expression of interest!