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The academic team comprises of young talented males who are in primary and high school but have been playing senior footy mainly in the reserve grade, while the secondary team comprises of players selected from secondary schools in Port Moresby.

In the training session this month, the players have been kept together in preparation for next year’s season as the team will be traveling out but are waiting for the green light from Queensland AFL.

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AFL coaches certified

Eleven male, and 8 female school teachers completed the Level Zero orientation to Coaching Certificate at Pilapila Primary School recently.

East New Britain Development Officer Kayly Kelson taught AFL Basics to the 19 eager AFL students!

The Certificate involves learning AFL Rules and Scoring, AFL Skills like Kicking, Handball, Marking and Bounce; Basic Gameplay and Umpiring which involved signals and communication.

Each coach received a whistle and Youth Rules handbook, so that they can coach the sport in their own school.

AFL skill level rose in Kokopo comp: AFL PNG

With everything on the line, individual players and teams’ performance rose to a new level and spectators were treated to outstanding displays of youth AFL talent.

In the U/13 girls grand final - Kokopo primary defeated Vunapope primary 25 to 8.

Whilst Ulagunan primary, 18, beat, Kabaleo primary, 17, in the U13 boys match.

In the U15 boys, Vunapope primary, 22, beat Kalamanagunan primary, 8, Kokopo primary took out Baliora Primary 32-2.

PM welcomes AFL’s growing popularity

He issued the statement following the PNG Mosquitoes’ victory in Melbourne this weekend, making them back-to-back champions.

“I welcome the growing popularity of Aussie Rules in Papua New Guinea,” says PM Peter O’Neill.  

“It is a unique game in the world of sports and is another way that Papua New Guineans and Australians can form stronger bonds.

“There is plenty of room for the different codes of football to expand in Papua New Guinea.

PNG Mozzies and Nauru Chiefs warm up in Beenleigh

The two nations will meet again with a little more on the line on the 9th of August in the "Schools Round" at Mt Clear in Ballarat.

Both the Nauru Chiefs & PNG Mozzies are inviting members of the South Pacific Community and all footy people in Brisbane and the Gold Coast to the Beenleigh Buffalo's AFC on Monday, August 31 at 6.15pm (local time) for the match between the 2 countries.

     

Photo file. Caption: Nauru Chiefs 

Tricks of the trade to keep bloodied AFL footballers in play

There's no signs of concussion and the phone is ringing.

The coach wants a status report. He wants his star player back on the field as soon as possible.

PNG Loop's 5 @ 5

Mosquitoes back in training for international challenge

Blessed with potential skills developed from talent programs around the country, the Mosquitoes rose to fame in 2005 and again in 2014 when they won the International Cup, the biggest AFL carnival for AFL playing countries outside of Australia.

The squad have begun elite training with High Performance Sport PNG after recently completing their initial inductions, set out their goals, completed physio screening and their initial performance tests.

Brisbane Lions have a go at Mannequin Challenge

First it was Port Adelaide, and now the Lions have had a crack at the crazy phenomenon themselves. 

It wasn’t a bad effort, except for the fact you can see Rhys Mathieson blinking at the start. 

Hopefully the boys let him know all about it. 

 

Punters accuse Ricky Nixon of posting $1 Melbourne Cup bet

Former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon angered punters after posting a winning Melbourne Cup ticket on Facebook with the outlay and winnings missing.

Nixon claimed he placed the bet on the wrong horse for girlfriend Tahlia McNamara, and realised shortly after the race that it was actually a winning ticket.