The National – Tuesday, February 15, 2011
AFLPNG Asia-Pacific manager Andrew Cadzow has arrived in Port Moresby to oversee upcoming PNG coaching updates and school programmes as part of the development of the game.
He will also be discussing with the staff the future of the sport.
With a busy schedule awaiting Cadzow, he is hoping to improve the structure to this year’s season so that development within PNG can reach greater heights.
He will be overseeing the plans for the AFLPNG academy this year, and will be hoping to improve the facilities as well as increasing the ways in which the system is run.
“We are aiming to consolidate its position as a premier institution while creating the opportunity to partner with both the private and business sector to improve facilities, give more opportunities for higher level coaching, and ensure the boys’ education is paramount,” Cadzow said.
The AFLPNG academy was established last year and was a great success in its initial year.
Building on this success, AFLPNG recently appointed Moses Kar as the new director of the academy.
Cadzow will be re-establishing senior football in the National Capital District.
“Senior footy was once a great strength across Papua New Guinea, we are looking at recovering the game to its former glory, to make AFL a premier sport in PNG and make these senior footballers role models for the 40,000 juniors playing the game,” he added.
Senior football will kicked off this year during Australia week, with the Mosquitoes playing against a touring Australian squad at Amini Park on the March 12.
“Australia week will be an exciting time and on March 12, the venue will be packed with AFL football. There will be footy clinics for the children, followed by a friendly game with expatriates and the main match featuring the Mosquitoes in the afternoon.”
Sporting icons will be attending the day at Amini Park, including rugby league star Matt Rogers and former AFL players Peter “Spider” Everitt, Aussie Jones and Mal Michael.
“Final selections for the 2011 International Cup squad will take place at the game. For selection of players throughout other regions of PNG, there will be a game held in Lae on March 5. Australian-based scholarship players and AFLPNG academy players will also be up for selection,” Cadzow said.