AFL PNG’s annual footy school competition for the Nation’s Capital, attracted a total of ten primary schools last Saturday at the Murray Barracks oval.
The primary school’s that participated last week to kick-start the competition included Taurama, Gerehu, Ted Diro, Waigani, Coronation, Boreboa, Hohola Demonstration, Philip Arevura, Wardstrip and Kaugere, in the Under 12, Under 13 and Under 15 divisions, both for the boys and girls.
Impressed with the competition’s start, Youth Football Development Manager Southern Region, Cornelius Papau, said there is already indication from ten other primary schools to participate by entering the competition this weekend.
Papau said “the schools include Pari, St Paul’s, Carr Memorial, Morata, St John’s, St Francis, Koki, Christian Academy, Hagara, St Michael’s, Bomana, Evadana, Eki Vaki, Sacred Heart, St Peter’s, Boroko, June Valley, Ororo, Tokarara, Butuka, Kilakila, Bavaroko, Sevese Morea, Iduba youth team and the Kwila Cats youth team.
Most of these schools are currently part of AFL PNG’s Niukick program.” The junior competition differs from the seniors, where the younger children only play two quarters, with ten minutes each way.
“Footy is more than just a game in 2014, therefore, AFL PNG stands strong on the message of positive living amongst our young children. Thanks to InterOil, we now have ten drums strategically placed around the Murray Barracks oval, to ensure the area is clean at all times and the sale of betelnut and cigarette is definitely forbidden during our game times.
We expect that teachers, parents and supporters adhere to these rules and to set a positive example to our children. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Coca Cola Amatil for providing shirts and caps for our umpires on Saturday,” said Papau.
Also on Saturday, AFL PNG started scouting potential talents, both male and female, who will take part in the upcoming Southern Sharks Regional Trials in July, this year. The school competition will run for 18 weeks with a grand final.
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