The National, Thursday October 10th, 2013
THE AFL PNG Lae grand final play-offs ended on a successful note over the weekend with new guns overpowering tough teams in the junior boys divisions as well in the Under-17-open men’s division.
It brought to an end what had been a challenging competition for the season, Lae junior development coordinator, Elliot Takolu said.
Six clubs and 24 teams took part this year in the junior competitions that start in June.
Takolu said Salamanda Port Power and Saleh Dogs had been the two powerhouse clubs throughout the season and despite them putting up a tough challenge over the weekend, new teams like Huonville and St Mary’s Primary School were a force to be reckoned with.
“I’m quite impressed with the competition because we had the support of many parents and supporters.” In the grand final, Huonville Primary School is the Under-12 boys champions after beating Salamanda 5.6.36 to 2.9.21.
But Salamanda managed stole a bit of limelight when Paul Guba took out the Best and Fairest award.
Huonville won the U13 boys division 4.9.33 to 2.9.21 over Saleh Dogs.
The Dogs Billy Yawasing took the Best and Fairest award.
The only comeback Salamanda Port Power made was in the U15 when they beat St Mary’s Primary School 6.1.37 to 4.4.28 and their player, Jemasol Paira, won the Best and Fairest award.
The highlight of the day was in the U17-open men’s grand final between Salamanda Port Power and Saleh Dogs, where the much stronger Dogs won 3.1.19 to 2.3.15.