International Cup Finals Fever Hits Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, September 03 2008 @ 01:16 pm ACST

Contributed by: Sean Finlayson

The Post Courier, one of the major national newspapers in Papua New Guinea has already headlined the sports section with stories about the national Australian Rules Football team's International Cup campaign at least twice this week.

Although the sport has had the occasional story in PNG media in the past and PNG has always been one of the better supported teams in the cup, the level of attention that the team is currently getting is unprecedented in the country.

Today's front sports page ran the story "Mossies raring to sting".

The article highlights the real threat that a much improved South Africa poses to the Mosquitos' International Cup campaign.

Picture of today's cover

Additionally, the weekend Courier published a story "Awesome foursome" profiling their exciting junior players Peter Labi, Amua Pirika, John Vogae and Emmanuel Tupia who at just 17 are all playing in the International Cup for the first time.

Picture of the weekend cover

People are obviously getting excited about the Mozzies in PNG and with this much press one would expect signficant interest in the country if the team can either make the Grand Final or win the International Cup.

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