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Concept Koboni and Lamana Dockers big Round 6 winners

  • Friday, September 03 2021 @ 02:57 pm ACST
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Round 6 of the AFL PNG competiton was completed last weekend with Concept Koboni defeating the Alavana Swans by 12 goals on Saturday and the Lamana Dockers held onto second place on the ladder when they defeated the Gereka Bombers on Sunday by 65 points.

In the reserves Concept Koboni were also winners, while it was the Gereka Bombers who took the four points aginst the Lamana Dockers..

In the Women's Divsion, on the Saturday West Eagles were eight point winners over the 13 PLUS Marlins, and the Alavana Swans forfeited to Concept Koboni.  On Sunday Lamana Dockers were 62 point winners over the scoreless Gereka Bombers.  The three winners from the weekend are tied on 12-points in the first three places on the ladder.

 

Lions Rule Nauru Footy

  • Friday, September 03 2021 @ 02:00 pm ACST
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May be an image of 12 people, people standing and outdoorsIn another Covid-19 dominated year that has played havoc with footy competitions around the world, it was pleasing that the AFL Nauru season was completed with the finals of all three grades completed last weekend. 

Image Left: AFL Nauru Facebook

The Lions won the A-Grade Division of the Digicel Cup defeating the Tigers by 53 points at Linkbelt Oval.   Tiiana Waidabu, veteran of Nauru footy and national representative with the Nauru Chiefs at the 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017 International Cups, was best on ground in the Grand Final. 

Panzer were B-Grade Premiers and Tigers took out the C Grade.

AFL Nauru is now calling for players to register for this year's AFL Nauru Women's Digicel Cup competiton which will begin on September 25th.  

Ace wins International Rookie promotion for 2021 season

  • Monday, November 30 2020 @ 03:24 pm ACDT
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The Gold Coast SUNS today announced the promotion of International Scholarship holder Hewago Paul Oea to the club’s Rookie List (Category B) for the 2021 season.

Affectionately known as Ace, the 19-year-old is a talented footballer who originates from Papua New Guinea (Gulf/Central - PNG).

“Ace has displayed significant improvement since coming to the club as a 16-year-old and we’re proud to see him progress onto the club’s list,” SUNS GM – Football Operations Jon Haines said.

“He is a terrific young man, with an outstanding appetite to learn and work hard. Ace’s development is a credit to his family, AFL PNG and most importantly himself.

“Ace made a difficult decision to leave his family in PNG to follow his dream and his progression onto the list is an acknowledgement that his dedication and commitment is beginning to show real dividends.”

AFLW 4.0 Player Previews: Stevie-Lee Thompson

  • Wednesday, January 22 2020 @ 02:02 pm ACDT
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  Tash Gunawardana previews the 2020 AFLW season, including interviews with AFLW players. Today’s feature is on 2019 AFLW leading goalkicker from the Adelaide Crows Stevie-Lee Thompson.

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New Zealand Footy Updates

  • Sunday, December 01 2019 @ 09:55 pm ACDT
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With the completion of the Auckland Australian Football League’s season last weekend, footy in New Zealand goes into its off - season with winners, losers and plenty to think about for all clubs ahead of the 2020 season.

The AAFL Grand Final was an absolute thriller with the University Blues downing the North Shore Tigers by four points. The Blues won the minor premiership ahead of the Waitakere Magpies and won their first final against the Mt Roskill Saints to book a berth in the final. The Magpies went down to a rampaging Tigers outfit, allowing the Blues and Tigers to fight it out for the flag.

After a tough match, the University Blues 7 9 51 defeated the North Shore Tigers 7 5 47 to take the 2019 flag.

Nauru Premiers Boe Lions to take Premiership prize flight

  • Wednesday, September 25 2019 @ 01:56 pm ACST
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 Source: Government of the Republic of Nauru - NauruNews 

Thirty-five players and officials from the Boe Lions’ 2019 AFL Premiership winning squad will be flown to Brisbane free-of-charge by the Republic of Nauru Government, Minister for Sport Hon. Maverick Eoe announced yesterday (Tuesday).

Minister Eoe said the Government’s gesture was a fitting reward for the Boe Lions’ “hard work and sweat” in over-coming Panzer in Saturday’s Grand Final at Linkbelt Oval.

Vale Scot Reid, self appointed footy missionary

  • Thursday, August 01 2019 @ 02:00 pm ACST
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 When I look back through all my old International Cup photos, I don’t have any the feature Scott Reid front and centre. But there are plenty you can find him in the background, or off to the side of his trusted lieutenants. Match photos see Scott urging on from the bench. Photos around the huddle see him watching quietly in the background, usually looking pretty serious and always seeming to be looking towards the future.

Sadly Scott passed away late last week aged just 52. He described himself last year on The Footy Almanac in a post comment as 'Self Appointed Footy Missionary.'

Young Samoan star invited to Lions Academy

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Like many young Samoans growing up in Queensland, 15-year-old Lamont Kalolo grew up playing rugby league, even making it to the Under-14 junior representative level. But unlike many of his Polynesian cohorts, he’s chosen to give Aussie rules a go instead.

 

“(AFL) really boosted my confidence. It made me think that maybe there’s something more if I keep doing this,” Kalolo said in a recent interview with the Courier-Mail.

 

A natural athlete who plays at both full-forward and centre half-forward, Kalolo’s hard work is getting him places -- specifically, a spot at the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy program.

Fijian Star Dreams Of The Big Time

  • Tuesday, March 19 2019 @ 10:11 pm ACDT
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Matelita Tuilevuka left her home in Suva, Fiji, to chase a dream of her own. As soon as she heard about the CrossCoders Program last year, ‘Martz’ was inspired after cutting her teeth in the game of Australian Rules football playing for the local Suva Cats.

Before getting into her own story, Matelita addressed the nickname, ‘Martz’. “I think owing to the fact that some Fijian names are often laborious to pronounce, my family and friends settled on that because it was easier to scream, ‘Maaaaaaaaartzzz!’ Screaming like that happened quite often because I was always running off somewhere!”

Matelita, like most Fijian kids, loved her sport. “Originally, I was a long and medium distance athlete in Fiji high school athletics. I got a few gold medals from there but I did not think of pursuing athletics further.”

(Picture: Matelita with her CrossCoders coach, Michael Gallus)

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