Port Moresby AFL

Gereka Bomber tops POM AFL ladder

Six rounds into the season and the Bombers sits atop. The powerhouse clubs, Concept Koboni and west Eagles are trailing behind.

The Port Moresby AFL competition has seen change from the previous seasons, showing tight contest among clubs.

All teams have shown promising signs of advancement and have performed well in the early start of the 2023 season, this is reflective on the points and points differential after Round five.

POM AFL Gets New Equipment

The gift by AFLPNG is through its ongoing partnership with AFL Queensland. The equipment included jerseys, socks, balls, pumps and goal post pads.

The new sporting gear and equipment will go a long way in raising the standard and improving the development of the code at the club level.

AFLPNG Development Director, Ekonia Peni handed over the equipment and apparel to POMAFL President, Douglas Lai and Vice Mathew Pula at the Colts oval last Friday.

POM AFL Heads Into Round 7

This would be the third consecutive Saturday, the Swans had hosted their home game in their village.

The home and away arrangement began with the Gordon Kokofas two weeks ago and then played host to the University Tigers last week.

The Swans is the only rural team participating in the city competition. The idea behind hosting home games in their village was to boost AFL interest among young people to take AFL not just as a sporting code, but a way of life to build the capacity for community development.

Teams Face Tough Challenge

The Pies meet the Port Powers in the mid-afternoon clash while the Kokofas face the might of the reigning premiers Bismarck Maritime West Eagles in the main match.

The Pies and Port Power clash would be an interesting match to watch. Both teams are quite new on the paddock and meeting each other for the first time with unknown qualities

While the Pies impressed against Koboni last week, the Powers have gone heaps and bounds with two straight victories to lead the ladder on percentage over West Eagles.

Port Power Makes Impressive Start

The 4.7 (31) to 2.5 (17) final score was hard-fought battle with both teams showing fleet-footedness and superior marking skills.

Being first timers in the city’s toughest competition, nobody gave Port Power a chance of taking the game right up to their more fancied opponents (Tigers), let alone pulling off an upset win on Sunday. The boys from the Port Moresby Technical College were better prepared in their mental fitness for a taste of sweet victory.

AFL Brace For Easter Cup Challenge

POM AFL President, Douglas Lai said four regional teams; Team Momase, Highlands, Papua (Southern) and Team New Guinea Islands will contest for the Cup.
Lai said the regional concept is the first of its kind POM AFL has come up with to draw more interest among the youth in NCD.
He said the players presently competing in the POM AFL competition will be slotted into their regional teams after the completion of the trial matches this weekend.

Cats Look To Bounce Back

Cats are desperate for a win after a string of three consecutive losses to the more superior teams in the past three weeks.

The Cats began the season on a high note, taking an easy 49-7 run over debutants, Alavana Swans in the season opener four weeks ago. However since then they have conceded three consecutive losses and look to make amends with a bit of luck going their way this weekend.

Gereka Bombers are a team predominantly made up of volleyball converts who are still learning the trade of how to use both hands and feet to launch their attack.

Impressive Start To AFL

Also joining the city competition for the first time season is the Alavana Swans of Hula in the Central Province.

Seasoned campaigners, West Eagles, Koboni Demons and 13 Plus Cats opened up Moni Plus 2021 Port Moresby AFL season on a high note, strapping their opponents with impressive wins at the Colts Oval on the weekend.

The Eagles, coming off their pre-season victory last week proved a class above the Dockers by 37 in the main match on Saturday.

Lamana Dockers triumph in POM AFL comp

Dockers won the game with a full time score of 48 points against West Eagles’ 47.

Despite the strong Port Moresby heat, the Lamana Dockers have again proven to be vigorous in the quarter finals against the West Eagles in the Port Moresby AFL tournament.

The Dockers, led by young Thaddeus Roa from Talasea area of West New Britain, were tough and managed to take lead over the big guns.

In the first quarter the Dockers led with two goals and 1 behind.

The Eagles made a comeback in the second quarter and scored two goals and two behind, leading in the half time.

BPNG backs AFL

The event took place at the Coles Oval and was witnessed by staff of BPNG, AFL PNG and Port Moresby AFL.

In handing over the key, Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani, said BPNG was continuing to working closely with AFL PNG and sponsors to ensure this year’s competition runs smoothly, especially in the senior division.

“The Hilux belonged to BPNG but is still in good running condition. It was fully serviced before being given to Port Moresby AFL,” said Bakani.