AFL International Cup

Mai: It was a big achievement

The Flames finished sixth out of eight countries that took part, with two PNG players being named in the Women’s IC17 World Team.

Mai was a standout after she tied with Fijian Sally Fong to take home the Leading Goalkicker award in the Women’s competition.

Elma Emil was selected at back pocket.  Emil showed her versatility and all-round football skills at IC17, playing predominantly in the ruck where she used her athleticism and smarts to direct the ball straight to her midfielders at stoppage plays. 

Jambarufo: Greatest experience for the team

“The preparation that the team went through before we went down to Melbourne was one of the toughest for us because the expectations of the people back home in PNG were really high.

“But the boys faced the challenges and took one game at a time. The grand final in 2017 against New Zealand was our hardest game. It was tougher than the 2014 win over Ireland.

“We didn’t know what to expect. It was very challenging and exciting as well. All credit goes back to the boys and the coaching staff, “said Jambarufo.

PM applauds PNG Mosquitoes

"The PNG Mozzies have made our nation proud with their solid performance to win the AFL International Cup against our friends from New Zealand,” PM O’Neill said in a statement.

"It was a tough match-up of two very good teams and it was very well done by our boys to maintain their focus and win the game.

“As back-to-back champions, you have a lot to be proud of, and each of you is an inspiration to the youths of our nation.

“The Mozzies have again made Papua New Guinea proud and carried our flag high for the world to see.