AFL Lightning 12 Aside returns

The season was initially scheduled to start in March, but continuous unfavourable weather in the nation’s capital had further delayed the start by three weeks. This also affected the proposed Regional Easter Cup Challenge.

POMAFL President, Douglas Lai, said they have decided to use the Lightning 12 One Day concept as preseason just to get everyone back on deck before the season proper begins.

Gereka Bombers Receive Financial Boost

Justin Tkatchenko said the Gereka area is one of the fastest-growing communities in the electorate and was confident that this financial intervention would greatly assist the local club’s positive impact in the community, especially with the youth.

Bombers, Taurama victorious

Gereka Bombers Yellow claimed the under-13s championship title for the girls, while Taurama Team 1 came out victorious in the boys Under 13.

Gereka Bombers Yellow scored 12 goals, 1 behind and finishing on 13 points against Lions Gereka. The Lions finished on the wrong side of the scoreboard; 6 goals, 3 behind with 9 points.

While it was a moment of excitement for the Gereka Bombers Yellow girls; the entertainers, Taurama Team #1 upset Kokofa to lift the trophy in the boy's final.

Niukick comp in NIP a success

As part of the programme, competitions were held for schools, including basic coaching and umpiring courses for sports masters.

Only two schools in Central New Ireland participated in the Niukick School competition. 

PNG-AFL National Talent Academy Manager, Daniel Edward Meli said this visit is a follow up after the Regional Talent Academy Carnivals in September.

Meli praised Pinikidu Primary School head teacher, for a tremendous job after attending a one-day basic coaching and umpiring course, which equipped him to run the competition. 


AFL kicking goals with PacificAus

The partnership will strengthen the existing pathway between Pacific Island nations, (Fiji, Nauru and Papua New Guinea) and the AFL by offering opportunities for promising young players to access targeted training programs in their home country as well as regional competitions, in addition to training with the Gold Coast SUNS or Brisbane Lions Academies. Coaching and umpire mentoring programs will also be available.

Ace in the hole: PNG trailblazer hoping to inspire a new generation

By running on to Metricon Stadium, the 20-year-old became the first player to learn the game in Papua New Guinea and play in the AFL.

Triple-premiership Lion Mal Michael, former Saint James Gwilt and current Kangaroo Aidan Bonar all have direct family ties to PNG, but Oea is the first to hone his skills there before moving to Australia at a later age.

His journey from Port Moresby to the Gold Coast is one of not only skill, but perseverance and resilience.

Port Power Faces Stiff Test

In this weekend’s Round 5 matches, Powers will be chasing after another victory. They are the “new-kids-on-the-block” passionately established this year by the students from the Port Moresby Technical College to test their AFL skills.

Power with unknown quantity with an untapped wealth of football talent, but they have made an impressive start to the season, winning four games in a row to remain unbeaten and lead the ladder together with the Eagles who also have yet to taste defeat. 

Eagles Maintain Lead

Kokofas were simply outclassed in all facets of the contest and could only kick 1-1 (7) in the 2nd quarter. Eagles kicked 16-6 (102).

The big win now puts Eagles clear leaders with better per centage over Port Power and Concept Koboni who have also remained undefeated after 3 rounds of competition.

POM AFL Season Proper Starts

The ten clubs confirmed to contest for the premiership Cup are West Eagles, Concept Koboni, Lamana Dockers, Cats, Gordon Kokofas, Gereka Bombers, Alavana Swans, Waigani (University) Tigers, Pom-Tech Port Powers and Gerehu Magpies.

Each of club will have teams in the seniors and the reserve grades in the men’s division while Koboni, Kokofas, Dockers and West Eagles will have women’s teams as well.

The Tigers, Kokofas and Magpies are re-entering the competition after staying out of contention for the past three seasons due to COVID-19 restrictions.

AFL teams need support

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.