The National, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
THE PNG U16 Binatangs fell to a classy Gold Coast Stingrays 11.7 (73) to 4.9 (33) in the final of the Queensland AFL U16 state championships in Brisbane on Monday.
Although the undefeated Stingrays maintained their perfect record in the tournament with a 40-point mauling of PNG in the main game, the Binatangs were far from disgraced competing on equal terms on centre field.
Stingrays Andrew Siekai kicked three goals and Matt Warren kicked a brace of goals while six other teammates slotted goals to earn the Gold Coast side the state title.
PNG’s best were Scott Johnson, Michael Macca, Ori Nilmo, Alphonse Major and Eddie Meli.
Nane Rai, Ben Otio, Junior Francis and Ben Tirang each kicked a goal for the Binatangs.
PNG have now earned the runners-up trophy for the second time at the tournament after losing in the final last year.
In other results, Country Kookaburras 8.4 (52) beat South East Bushrangers 5.9 (39) for seventh place, Northern Raiders 12.9 (81) skipped away against Western Taipans 5.5 (35) for fifth place while Suncoast Power 11.10 (76) were too good for the Lions Academy Colts 5.8 (38).