UNIVERSITY Bulldogs belted the Port Powers in the PNG AFL BSP Super series challenge 11.11 (77) 3.2 (20) at the University oval in Port Moresby last Saturday.
Bulldogs’ experienced campaigners Joe Ila, Willie Aisi, Garry Kele and straight shooter Rex Leka took control of the match to shut out the Porters’ fast improving players Paul Philip, Gagu Kwaga, Raga Raga and Sylvester Magio, who tried all throughout the match to defuse their opponents.
But the Dogs were too strong in defence and attack, scoring at will to take their tally up to 77 points at the final siren.
The Porters could only manage 20 points at the end of the day.
Porters did improve in the second quarter to register three goals and one behind, dominating the second quarter, but failed to continue their good run when Leka, Ila and Aisi started to take control of their team’s attack and defence in the third and fourth quarter.
In the second match of the round, Kwila Cats 8.8 (56) edged out Heritage Hire Tigers 5.12 (42).
Meanwhile, a member of the AFL Super series organising committee, Bede More, said two players from the challenge would be selected to attend a scholarship programme in Gold Coast.
The selection panel will be selecting two players in the challenge.
But they have to be under the age of 23. It is part of a drive to lift the standard of the code in PNG.
AFL PNG is also putting more emphasis on junior development program-mes, including scholarships to allow young players to be exposed to the outside world.