Papua New Guinea boasts the biggest Australian-football playing stocks of any nation outside Australia, but fell one step short at the 2005 International Cup. Their real strengths lie in their junior programs, with a burgeoning squadron of players in the age range of 12 to 16 years and 80% of their 2005 International Cup squad under 20 years of age. World Footy News spoke with Andrew Cadzow and Walter Yangomina about where the next step will take the footy scene in PNG. Pictured is 2005 Captain Rex Leka.
The AFL has quashed plans by the Geelong Cats to play a pre-season AFL match in New Zealand next year, making it unlikely that the club will undertake a training and development camp in the Pacific nation.
The Kokoda International Cavaliers Klub (KICK), an organisation formed in Papua New Guinea to promote and raise funds for the AFLPNG and Australian Football in general in the country, is planning to open two new chapters in Adelaide and Melbourne. Last Wednesday, July 27th, the KICK Port Moresby chapter held a player auction in support of the Mosquitoes' assault on the IC - with special guest speaker Ron Barassi. WFN caught up with 'Mr Football' to talk about the Cup and international footy in general.
Australian Football in Papua New Guinea has had a number of successes in recent times through the implementation of junior and lifestyle programs structured to get people playing competition sport. A major advantage has been that the country's main spectator sport, rugby league, has not had any real competing structures - though this may soon change with a big push planned by Rugby League and supported by AusAid. World Footy News talks with Scott Reid about how the PNG footballing landscape currently looks.
In the first game ever played by the New Zealand Falcons on home soil, powerhouse Victorian country side Maffra last Saturday July 9th defeated the locals by 70 points, running out 15.10.100 to 4.4.30 victors.