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IC14 Vignettes - Luke Savere Jr (Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes)

International Cup 2014
In April last year, Luke Savere Junior was in Cairns. He was playing in the Papua New Guinea Under 16 Binatangs team in a friendly challenge match against Pyramid Power in Gordonvale on his way to Townsville to contest the Oceania Cup with his team mates. (Pictured left in team shot of Binatangs and Pyramid Power players).

Fast forward to August 2014, and Luke is just days away from representing his country again, this time at a senior level at the upcoming International Cup in Melbourne. He is one of a host of young guns upon which the future of Papua New Guinean football will be built.

In the lead up to the IC14 event, Luke was happy to chat about his own football journey and his anticipation of this upcoming showcase if international Australian Rules football.
According to Luke, who comes into the team as a product of the Bomana Cats, “my dad played AFL [locally in PNG] and I watched him every weekend when I was a kid. I started playing AFL when I was seven years old back in 2004, so this is my tenth year of playing AFL.”

Luke is almost palpably tingling with excitement at what the next couple of weeks will bring in terms of personal goals and just the excitement of competition against the best Australian Rules footballers from around the world. “I am really excited to be selected into the national team to represent the country. The PNG Mosquitoes team has been always playing in the finals and with the mixture of young and old players, the skills and speed in the team should see that PNG will win this IC14.”

Luke certainly has achieved much in the past couple of seasons, almost as if it were a blur. But he is certainly looking at the IC14 event as another step in his own personal football journey: possibly following the lead of fellow PNG protégé, Gideon Simon who made it to Richmond’s list. “My goal is to showcase my talent in this AFL carnival and be scouted by Australian clubs.”

“I would also like to impart my knowledge to young boys and girls in PNG. My dream is to have a career in AFL. That is my dream if given the opportunity.

Luke has a simple message for his own PNG team for the event. “Stay focused because I know we will win the IC14. Keep in touch [with the opposition at all times] otherwise you will be caught off guard. Otherwise let’s play footy and showcase the greatest game of all. I would like to wish all the other international teams all the best in all their games.”

The next couple of weeks will see intense pressure as all nations and players strive at their hardest to be crowned as the best Australian Rules football nation outside of Australia. It won’t take long for the rest of us to feel their excitement. But Luke is already champing at the bit to get on those playing fields. Having watched his and his team mates decimate my own team back in 2013, I know Luke has the talents to go a long way.

We wish Luke, and his fellow Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes team mates, all the best for this year’s International Cup.
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PNG youngster ready to roll at IC14
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 05:07 pm ACST

Gotta love Luke's enthusiasm. It's kids like this who have grown up with the game in PNG that make me think they could take it to a new level and win. But then I read the Ireland preview and remember the physical stature and football experience of players like Mick Finn and see no equivalent for PNG (no one of that size regardless of ability).

So yes an absolute gun team of smalls could beat an average team with a mix of sizes, but Ireland will be better than just average... I think my tip stays with Ireland to make it 3 out of 5 International Cups, pulling away from PNG and NZ on 1 each. Surprisingly despite the game growing in PNG this squad has even less talls than previously.

But PNG and NZ still have bright futures and could start to squeeze out the Irish starting from 3 years from now. South Africa show promise too but I'll wait until they get some runs on the board before jumping on their bandwagon.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

PNG youngster ready to roll at IC14
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Wednesday, August 06 2014 @ 10:56 pm ACST

Hasn't helped Stanis Susuve going to Glasgow with the Rugby 7s.

PNG youngster ready to roll at IC14
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 12:17 pm ACST

South Africa do have couple of talls, Jurie Wessels is at least 6' 2" talking to him on Sunday at Jamestown and was having to look up a bit to eyeball him. I know I've shrunk a bit with age but that puts him up there about 188cm. The African fellas are very quick but most of them are light weight but fearless.
Mick Redden spoke to the players after the match and he described the midfield as dangerous so if they can deliver the ball to the forwards they will be very successful in the IC. His biggest criticsm was that the guys tended to sit back and watch the game once the ball had cleared from their immediate area, rather than moving into a more advantageous position if the play switched back towards them.
I haven't had the privelege to see any of the other teams to compare the Lions to, but they should be up there in the top 4 or 5 at least, but not quite able to match it with the bigger bodied sides like Ireland, New Zealand and USA.
I'm drafting up a story about the trial match in Jamestowna hopefully will have it out in few days.
By the way the umpire (Cleopatra Figlan) travelling with the team impressed me, she was quick in blowing the whistle, decisive and assertive. She is expecting to umpire at least a couple of games (at the community round) in Melbourne.

PNG youngster ready to roll at IC14
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 02:28 pm ACST
Hi Cam,

Try to get that report in prior to Sunday because once the real games start anything else will get swamped.

Yes South Africa have some significant talls. Wessels is listed at 196cm (6'5"). Check out the preview here http://www.worldfootynews.com/article...2222125865 for a discussion.

The big question - did any of those big guys look like they were good footy players too and could give the Lions first tap or take some contested marks?

I think in 2008 we thought they might rise quickly and they did, maybe even faster than expected. 2011 we were disappointed as they slipped. Maybe they're now the dark horse to stun everyone and have a crack at the grand final for the first time. But like I said elsewhere, I might have to see them get runs on the board before jumping on that horse.
--- Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
PNG youngster ready to roll at IC14
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, August 07 2014 @ 08:14 pm ACST

answer to you question, Brett, yes all look like they can play footy. Jurie has a basketball background, played as a junior for SA. Some of the other bigger bodied blokes have a rugby background and all seem to be pretty athletic. There were a few good contested marks taken but there were a couple of sitters dropped as well :-)
Fitness could be a bit of a problem tho, there were few guys cramping up, but that could be because they were playing on different playing surface than normal.