AFL talent identification carnival

Scores of students battled for spots in the academy, to be co-run with the Australian Football League.

The Youth Talent Identification Carnival follows from the Niu Kick Program launched early this year and the school invitational competition currently being run.

Players who catch the eye of selectors will participate in redevelopment academy.

Australian Football League Pacific Program has been assisting and will lead the academy by providing fundamental training skills.

AFL development program underway

AFL PNG senior football community manager, Rex Leka, said the last 12 months have been really good for the fraternity with plans to improve the sport in other provincial centres.

AFL PNG has certainly made some great headlines in 2017 when Mosquitos capped off the year by defending and winning their 2014 premiership title in the International Australian Football League Cup, against New Zealand.

“It was a really good sign of the code moving forward. I hope we can make it 3 in a row in 2020,” Leka said.


AFL stars to visit PNG

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. 

Train-on squads for Mosquitoes and Flames announced

The final teams will be put together from the train-on squads to represent PNG in the 2017 International Cup, to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

This is the sixth International Cup that the PNG Mosquitoes will participate in and the second for the PNG Women’s team- the PNG Flames. 


AFL PNG reaches Lavongai

Many of these rural areas do not have the same opportunities as those in the township area.

Niukick is an AFL PNG is an introductory program that provides opportunities for young boys and girls aged 5-15yrs to learn the skills and be part of the game of AFL.

Three key objectives of the Niukick program:

K35,000 boost for AFL PNG

In presenting the cheque last week, CEO of Kina Group, Syd Yates, said Kina Securities was proud to be a sponsor of AFL PNG since 2013.

He said the money will be used for operational costs, training and further development of the code.

Senior Football Operations Manager for AFL PNG, Rex Leka, thanked Kina Securities for their ongoing sponsorship.

“We really value the sponsorship which has helped AFL PNG in a lot of ways,” said Leka.

He said the senior competition (Men’s, Women’s and Men’s Reserve division) will kick off games in Port Moresby on April 22.

AFL youngsters encouraged to stay fit and healthy

Speaking this morning to over 200 children at the Colts Oval, Non-Communicable Diseases Program Officer for NCD Health Services, Israel Naraman stressed on the importance of being physically active through sports, eating healthy and saying no to smoking and alcohol.

“Yesterday marked World TB day and we want to continue to drive the message home about healthy living. We can do this through sports.

“Through our partnership with World Vision, we will continue to reach out to the youth through other sporting codes,” said Naraman.

AFL PNG to advocate against Tuberculosis

The launch will happened in Port Moresby and Lae respectively on Saturday to commemorate World TB Day which falls on Friday.  

AFL PNG has partnered with World Vision PNG to do more awareness to stop the spread of TB and eventually eliminate TB in the country in the near future.

“Sport has a universal appeal and AFL PNG understands this appeal can be a real tool to influence its program participant’s decision making to create positive outcomes in their lives,” AFLPNG stated in a statement.  

HPS PNG delivers leadership program

High Performance Sport (HPS) Papua New Guinea recently delivered a leadership program to the regional coordinators of AFL PNG on their roles as leaders in their respective regions. 

AFL Development Manager in the South Pacific Region, Ben Drew said the Leadership Session conducted by Richard and the High Performance team was very beneficial to the AFLPNG Development Team.

“The program is very much in line with the direction and education messages delivered to all staff across the South Pacific & Australia.

Work to start on transforming Colts Oval

This comes after a ground-breaking ceremony that was held yesterday at the Bisini Grounds.

The event was witnessed by Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis, Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, CEO of the PNG Sports Foundation, Peter Tsiamilili Jr, sponsors, administrators and players.

Garrett Construction has been tasked to turn the home of AFL in PNG into a state league standard facility that will include a proper playing surface, grandstand with roofing and a clubhouse with amenities.