Kane thriving with the seniors
AUSSIE RULES: Four, two, two and four.
That's what the goal tally read in each of the four quarters alongside Kane Haua's name after his BITS team blitzed a hapless Rockhampton Kangaroos on Saturday.
Kane has his say:
Sixteen-year-old Haua used electrifying pace, football smarts and perfect leading to finish with 12 goals and have his name in highlight pen as a future Gold Coast Suns AFL player.
Haua and family moved to Australia from the North Island of New Zealand back in 2005 and he started playing Aussie Rules at Gladstone Mudcrabs.
"My step brother Aaron Fabian was up here for two years for work and he played at BITS," Haua said. "So I decided to join BITS."
The scouts at the Suns have been keeping a close eye on the left-footer since 2013.
"I recently got accepted this year by AFL Queensland to skip playing in the 17s age-group and just go straight to senior football," Haua said of the Suns Academy criteria.
"The Suns Academy wanted me to develop as a footballer so they can eventually put me in the draft and maybe get me in the team."
Haua has the ability to lead up the ground and then turn his defender going back toward goal not unlike Lance "Buddy" Franklin has done for Hawthorn and Sydney Swans over the years.
While Suns Academy and former AFL players Andrew Raines and Jason Torney have been monitoring Haua's progress, the youngster said it's the BITS club president who got it all started.
"They are the main guys from the Suns Academy, but the main help here who has put me through all this is Andrew McMahon," Haua said. "He's helped through every step of the way and I didn't have to do anything and he's doing anything for me."