BY MELTON PAIS
AFLPNG’s Niukick programme has attracted many schools in the Southern and Northern regions.
More than 30 schools took part in the the Southern region carnival in the Under-12, U13 and U15 divisions for boys, and U13 and U15 for girls.
After weeks of competition, last weekend saw the top school teams battling it out at Colts Oval in Port Moresby.
AFLPNG administration manager Freda Keene said it was exciting to see enthusiastic school children as young as eight turning up to take part in the Niukick programme.
Keene said out of all the schools that competed in the carnival, two school teams from each division qualified to play the semifinals this weekend.
“The schools that qualified for the U12 semifinals this Saturday are Bavaroko Primary School, Coronation Primary School, Kila Kila Primary School and Sevese Morea Primary school.
“The U13 schools are Hagara Primary and Wardstrip Primary schools, St Peter’s Primary and Waigani Primary schools,” she said. “The Wardstrip boys qualified for the U15 division and will take on Boroko Primary, while Ted Diro will take on Hagara Primary.
“In the girls divisions, Waigani, Boroko, Bomana and Ted Diro Primary schools progressed to the semis in the U13 division.
“Ted Diro, Gerehu, Taurama and June Valley Primary schools qualified for the semifinals in the U15.”
Keene said the next development carnival would be for the Northern region this weekend at Eriku Oval in Lae for schools in Morobe.
AFL PNG Northern regional manager, Daniel Meli take charge of the event.