AFL Academy PNG kicks off

The AFL Academy PNG began this month as the first dedicated international Aussie Rules Football League Academy to cater for the game's growth in the Pacific region.

Talent from Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Nauru and the Solomon Islands are set to converge at De La Salle Catholic Boys High School just outside Port Moresby every year. This year 17 inaugural attendees of the Academy were on hand to witness the signing of the agreement between the Principal of the De La Salle school, Mr James Ume and the AFL Asia Pacific Manager, Mr Andrew Cadzow.

Papua New Guinea has already proven to be a fruitful training ground for some Australian AFL Clubs. AFLPNG's Coca Cola Talent Path has delivered 6 new signings under the international recruitment drive.

Richmond, Essendon and Brisbane Lions were impressed while attending the Coca Cola Talent Camp in 2009 that they have recruited: -

1) Gideon Simon (Western Highlands) - Richmond Tigers
2) Nathan Malabag (Morobe) - Richmond Tigers
3) Ezra Kaut (West New Britain) - Brisbane Lions
4) Brendan Beno ( Autonomous Region of Bougainville) - Brisbane Lions
5) Victor Rame ( West New Britain) - Essendon Bombers
6) Max Lavai (National Capital District) - Essendon Bombers

             Congratulations AFL PNG!!!!



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