The National- Friday, January 21, 2011
AFLPNG and junior development partner De La Salle Secondary School announced on Wednesday a new director of their joint venture the AFLPNG Talent Academy.
AFLPNG’s Highlands development officer Moses Kar will take up his new post begining next week.
AFLPNG in a statement released during the week described the appointment as a “significant step forward” for the junior development programme.
Since its inception last year the academy has already produced a championship U16 team which recently won the AFL Oceania U16 Cup in Tonga last month.
The other tournament which had given PNG’s elite juniors a chance to shine last year was the Queensland state championships at which PNG performed admirably.
Meanwhile, in related news AFL professional club Richmond Tigers will fly down to Melbourne two of the academy’s bright prospects for a week of training and testing.
Gideon Simon and Nathan Malbak were chosen by Richmond scout Matthew Clarke after impressive performances at the Oceania Youth Cup.
The pair will fly down to Victoria with AFLPNG manager Walter Yangomina on Sunday to begin five days of specialised training with club trainers.
“I hope to learn a lot from the experience.
“The academy has allowed Gideon and I the chance to develop our football, so I look forward to playing in Australia,” Malbak said.