POM AFL returns to Amini

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The National, Friday, April 29, 2011

PORT Moresby’s second round of AFL action makes a welcomed return  tomorrow at Amini Park.
The competition’s opening round was played at UPNG before the Easter weekend due to Amini’s surface being prepared for the rigors of Aussie rules football.
The last AFL match played at Amini was between the PNG Mosquitoes and a select Australian side during AFLPNG’s launching of the senior rules in February.
In tomorrow’s opener at 1pm, a fired-up Uni Tigers lock face an equally determined Defence.
The barracks men were humbled by Gordons Kokofas to the tune of 37 points in round one and will be out to get their season back on track in the six-team senior competition.
Tigers, however, will not be taking Defence lightly even though they crushed KDC Dockers by 40 in their first match.
At 2.40pm, a youthful Bomana Power will back themselves to the hilt against Kokofas after coming off a superb 96-point annihilation of a hapless Boroko.
Power are made up predominantly of AFLPNG Academy scholars at De La Salle Secondary School outside Port Moresby and have an array of representative talent to call on but they will need to be watchful of Kokofas’ unknown brigade of talented youngsters.
In the main match at 3.40pm, 2009 premiers Koboni take on Dockers in a clash of the two traditional rivals.
Meanwhile, the 2011 U16 Binatangs departed for Brisbane on Wednesday to compete in the U16 Queensland State Championships this week.
PNG played the Bushrangers in the opening game yesterday.
PNG is competing against the best Queensland state teams including Northern Raiders, Power, Stingrays, Taipans, AFLQ Colts and the Kookaburras.