AFL

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.

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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.

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