AFL stars to visit PNG

Excitement is growing in the PNG AFL community with two of the game’s stars from different eras to visit PNG this month to share their stories from the football spotlight.

Danny Frawley and Sabrina Frederick-Traub will be the special guests at AFL PNG’s fundraiser for the national Men’s and Women’s AFL teams on July 15, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby.

Funds raised will be to send both teams to the upcoming AFL International Cup in Melbourne later in August.

Both Frawley and Frederick-Traub have scaled the heights of the Australian national game. 

Frawley played 240 games and captained the St Kilda Football Club in the 1980s and 1990s. 

He was also the Richmond Tigers coach for 5 years and is currently a commentator and TV host on FOX Footy. 

Frederick-Traub, at the age of 20, is already a grand finalist from the inaugural AFL Women’s competition that started this year.

As a key Brisbane Lions marquee player, Frederick-Traub earned the Rising Star Award Nomination for her on field heroics. 

Frederick-Traub’s story is an inspiration to many young Papua New Guinean athletes. She is currently working with the AFL as Australia Post Multicultural Ambassador. 

She also coached an All Nations team to a season win (with young players from countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe and Japan playing their first ever games). 

“It’s not only for the game, but how it brings people together in a way that you would least expect,” said Frederick-Traub.

Tables for the fundraising are available and can be bought through contacting AFL PNG on 325 4943 to RSVP before July 12.  

Troy Taule