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One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby

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In an exciting development for reigning International Cup champions Papua New Guinea, they have just begun hosting a top class touring squad from Australia, their first such opportunity to see one of their representative squads play international competition on home soil.

Two youth matches will be played between PNG and potential future AFL champions from Australia, under the banner "One Tribe Challenge". An Australian indigenous youth team will take on the AFLPNG under 18 team nicknamed “Kupanda” (spear in the Melpa language of the Western Highlands Province of PNG). The Australian team, known as the “Flying Boomerangs” will play two matches in PNG with game one in Port Moresby at the UPNG oval on March 13 and game two at the Lae Show Ground on March 15. The Australian indigenous team is the same concept as the Boomerangs side that has played South Africa in the past, proving more than their match, and will be a wonderful test for the Papuan junior program.

The Australian side was picked from the AFL Kick Start Leadership Program for talented indigenous youth footballers. They will be coached by former North Melbourne Kangaroos champion player and Bali bombing survivor Jason McCartney as part of his position as an AFL youth and high performance co-ordinator. This is certainly a role in where he can inspire young and up-and-coming footballers to overcome some of the obstacles in their lives so they can fulfil their potential. McCartney also coached South Africa at the last International Cup. He will be accompanied by two other AFL “ambassadors’’ Kevin Sheedy and Michael Long who will attend a welcome dinner on Friday.

As many would know Sheedy has been a strong advocate of the game’s development and empowerment of indigenous youth and its expansion and development internationally.

Long is now the AFL’s indigenous programs manager. He is one of the most talented footballers to have played in the AFL and is respected as a footballer and a spokesman for Aboriginal people.

The “Kupanda” will be coached by former Richmond player Ray Hall. He retired last year from the Richmond Football Club where he played 100 games and is in PNG as a youth ambassador. Hall will be assisted by PNG Mosquitoes assistant coach Pepe Kila and Mt Hagen AFL talented youth coach and development officer Pint Kar.

AFLPNG national game development manager Walter Yangomina, a former national Mosquito representative himself, said “This will be a fantastic opportunity for AFLPNG as it shows the confidence shown by the AFL in us to host this international match”.

The tour is getting coverage in PNG papers, see Boomerangs arrive... and Tribal clash - Young native Aussies here for AFL clash, and some background on the Aussie indigenous side in Boomerangs ready to fly.

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One Tribe - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 12:53 am ACDT


It's great to see PNG finally getting a team travel to them. They are further advanced than South Africa at junior level, and have made all 3 International Cup grand finals, so they very much deserve the chance to shine at home. It'll be very interesting to see how the results go.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 09:14 am ACDT
The Boomerangs went down by 1 point to the Cairns U19 side at the start of their tour (who were missing 8 players who were at the Queensland U18 Champs.) - http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2009...-news.html
One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 09:52 am ACDT


One difficulty readers may have noticed is pinning down the age range we're talking about. The Boomerangs have been variously noted as under 16s but also 17 and under (so under 18s) - two years makes a big difference. The Cairns side was under 19s. We'll try to get confirmed details by the end of the tour.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 10:06 am ACDT
And some more coverage today in The National - http://www.thenational.com.pg/031309/sport15.php - saying that the age of the Flying Boomerangs ranged from 15-17.
One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 10:23 am ACDT
And here on the Aboriginal Footy site - http://sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.c...onID=76376 says U17 - so I think that U17 is most likely.
One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 01:49 pm ACDT


Although I think that latter article may be a composition of all the articles thus far, so not necessarily an independent statement of the numbers. And if the age range is 15 - 17 doesn't that mean under 18? Of course, depends when the squad was selected. But certainly sounds like the competitors will be around the same age.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Friday, March 13 2009 @ 08:37 pm ACDT

Fantastic news. Something some of us have been wanting to see happen for a long time. Obviously the exposure of last year's International Cup has done wonders for the footy programs of our nearest neighbours.

One Tribe Challenge - Boomerangs fly in to Port Moresby
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Wednesday, March 18 2009 @ 11:48 am ACDT