Category Archives: AFL PNG

O’Neill Urges Papua New Guineans To Unite

 

BY GORETHY KENNETH via Post-Courier

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on all Papua New Guinean’s to get behind the country’s sports teams as they continue to strengthen the values of the country all over the world.

 
In his address to the nation at Independence Hill over the weekend, O’Neill also encouraged all Papua New Guineans to welcome international visitors who will be here for the Rugby League World Cup in a month’s time.

 
“In the next week our Hunters will play in the Grand Final in Queensland, and after our PNG Mozzies won the Aussie Rules International Cup in Victoria and in the coming months we will host overseas teams in the Rugby League World Cup,” he said.

 
“This is what we must be proud of. I hope all Papua New Guineans will get behind our team and also welcome our visitors to our country.

 
“Papua New Guineans must get behind all our sportsmen and women, who are continuing to strengthen the values of our country,” O’Neill said.

 
“Our Government and our people must continue to invest in community development programs and in sports so that we encourage healthy living and strengthen community values.”

 
He said that the Government will continue to strengthen sports in PNG so that the country’s sportsmen and women can have the opportunity to show case and strengthen the value of their cultures and to maintain good sportsmanship. O’Neill said he wants Papua New Guinea to be a hub for sports development in the Pacific region.
“And when it comes to sports development in the Pacific it’s very important for us that we take it at every level,” he said.

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PM Welcomes AFL’s Growing Popularity

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister says the growing popularity of AFL in Papua New Guinea is positive and provides another outlet for the nation’s youth to be healthier and participate in team sports.

 

 

He issued the statement following the PNG Mosquitoes’ victory in Melbourne this weekend, making them back-to-back champions.

 

 

“I welcome the growing popularity of Aussie Rules in Papua New Guinea,” says PM Peter O’Neill.

 

 

“It is a unique game in the world of sports and is another way that Papua New Guineans and Australians can form stronger bonds.

 

 

“There is plenty of room for the different codes of football to expand in Papua New Guinea.

 

 

“Our people will always have a great passion for rugby league, but we are a sports-loving nation and we will watch sports of all codes.”

 

 

The PM pointed out how popular soccer has become with the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup, including rugby union’s growing supporter base.

 

 

“The Government will continue to encourage and develop grassroots sports around the country, as well as supporting the development of high performance athletes,” states O’Neill.

 

 

“We have some great athletes in our country who compete on the world stage.

 

 

“I congratulate all players, coaches, and staff for their hard work to win the AFL International Cup and bring the trophy back to Papua New Guinea.

 

 

“Perhaps some of our young PNG Mozzies were spotted by talent scouts and they might have the opportunity to wear the jumper of an AFL team one day.”