Lightning Carnival (Monday December 3, 2018)

Game 1 Versus Pacific All-Stars

Our Oceania cup week started off in excellent conditions at Suva’s Albert Park, 8 weeks of training had come to an end and we were now in a real game. Our Captain for this game Ace Garae Gesa won the toss but the Pacific All-Stars had the first foray forward. In an even contest early, we were able to get the first goal through Kieron Meake, who was instrumental in a number of our forward moves with good kicking to position. Juniour Willie Telkrap was sound in defence along with Brayan Malas. Maeno Taiwa took some good early marks in our forward line, and our second goal came through Eddie Tom. Our boys were really engaged in the game and playing with confidence. Ronnie Hinge and Steven Caleb were working hard to maintain the pressure around the ball. The defenders in Elkana Chan and Athurnaz “Travis” Lenge kept the All-Stars from scoring any goals in the first half.

After half time, Leonce Warsal went to the backline where he had a massive presence, continually repelling the All Stars attempts to score. We scored our third goal in the middle of the 2nd half, a great team effort to get the ball forward where Sandy Lop finished it off  with a goal from in-close. Charles Kennedy and Suley Takal continued to provide good run for the team and Brayan Malas continued to rebound strongly from defence. There were lots of smiles went the final siren sounded, a really positive win and a great start to the week.

Vanuatu Volcanoes   3-3-21 Defeated Pacific All-Stars 1-3-9

Game 2 Versus Fiji Local Tribe

Our captain for this game Junior Willie Telkrap won the toss and kicked with the wind but Fiji had all the initial play, our defenders were really tested, Maeno, Travis, Elkana, Brayan and Tom Tamuri were in a real contest. Leonce Warsal was battling hard in the ruck but we couldn’t win enough of the ball to put the pressure back onto Fiji and our tackling wasn’t at the required level. We started to win the ball and get it forward, but we missed our opportunities and kicked points and out of bounds. This was a great learning experience for our team, we had the chance to be right with the opposition but didn’t take our chances.

In the 2nd half, Fiji took control of the game and the Volcanoes dropped in confidence and didn’t play with the same level of spirit that we saw earlier in the day.

Vanuatu Volcanoes 0-3-3 were defeated by Fiji Local Tribe 5-7-35

Following the game the team went to a swimming pool for a recovery session and then had a meeting where the discussion was around “what did we learn?” Everyone agreed we had a positive first day, but there are a number of areas we need to improve for our Oceania Cup game tomorrow at 11am. Our preparation has already started….the Volcanoes are in great spirits.

The AFL South Pacific Oceania games happen every year during December that brings together all the best Under 16 players from each countries across the Pacific competing in Suva Fiji. AFL Vanuatu had a chance to compete in 2017 u/16 AFL Oceania game and finally ended up at 3rd place with very good performance from all the players.

The outcome of the game was successful with 2 players from AFL Vanuatu , George Garae and Desire Timothy, getting selected to be part of the AFL South Pacific Talent Camp Queensland U16’s Championship in Brisbane from the 1st of May 2018 to the 8th.

We also had the opportunity to send one of our senior women, Jesta Toka to take part in the Giants womens training  on 7th  March 2018.

The past 2 years our Senior grand final was a very challenging one. Malapoa College ended up with Seveners Saints in 2016 Grand Final and ran away with gold Medal. The same two teams ended up in 2017 Grand Final and this time the Seveners Saints won the 2017 AFL Vanuatu Grand Final with  great excitement.

We have recently relocated our training grounds to Holiday Inn next to Rowing Club.

Fundraising

AFL Vanuatu funds all of our programs through sponsorship and fund raising. We are always on the lookout for individuals and organizations that want to assist us in promoting Australian Rules football through Vanuatu.
In Vanuatu it is not just about AFL. Using AFL programs from Pikinini Kik programs in primary school through to our senior competition we aim to provide a platform for the youth of Vanuatu to engage in activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices and engage socially with
Following Tropical Cyclone Pam last year fund raising has become extremely difficult with most local business feeling the economic pressure. So
We are actively looking for support from companies based in Australia. If you are interested in being involved in any way then please contact us via email.

Currently AFL Vanuatu enjoy financial support from the following companies:

Trilogy IT – www.trilogy.vu
Vanuatu Spirit – www.vanuatuspirit.vu
Vancorp Constructions – www.vancorpconstructions.com
Credit Corporation (Vanuatu) www.creditcorporation.com.pg/index.php/pacific/vanuatu/contact

Australian Partners
Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/club_info.cgi?c=1-6211-81063-0-0&sID=110008
Concordia College (Adelaide S.A.) Football Outreach Vanuatu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk0aJtz16Cc

AFL South Pacific https://www.facebook.com/SouthPacificNations

Final Day of 8 weeks Pikinini Kik Program

Today rounds up the final day, 21st May 2016, of the 8 weeks of Pikinini Kik Program and has seen kids excited to receive their certificates of attendance. AFL Vanuatu would like to say big thank you to parents who was present on that day to be part of the closing ceremony of the 8 weeks program. The parents were all given some AFL shirts and caps to wear on that day which was donated by AFL clubs in Australia.

AFL Vanuatu would like to congratulate these kids who turned up on this final day to receive their certificates. We receive very nice comments from parents thanking AFL Vanuatu for organising this program for children and they are looking forward for more programs to come in the near future. Massive thank you and Well Done to the five coaches who were always there to give trainings to these kids. Special Thank you to Vanuatu Spirit and other sponsors of AFL Vanuatu in Vanuatu and Overseas. We couldn’t have done this program without your generous help. Thank you. Thank you also to parents who were always at the Kazza field every Saturday morning to encourage these kids.

To parents who are keen to know about any other future programs of AFL Vanuatu, please feel free to contact AFL Vanuatu Program Manager, Nancy Patterson on Mob: 7762032 or email: nancy@aflvanuatu.com

Week 7 of Pikinini Kik

 

Week Seven of Pikinini Kik program was amazing with 63 kids pop in at at Kazza (Korman) field to play. The Kids have started playing their games competiting against each other. There were four teams all together and two teams play against each other at the same time.

It was amazing to see kids putting in every ball skills they have learnt throughout the past six weeks into their games. It was a time of so much happiness and seeing a lot of parents coming down to watch and support their kids on their games was just fantastic.

The kids are looking forward for the final week to achieve their Certificates of attendance on Saturday 21st May. Big thank you to the faithful senior boys for their heart and time to come down every Saturday morning to coach these kids. AFL Vanuatu really appreciate your hard work. Thank you.

Senior Training

AFL Vanuatu Senior trainings are held every Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm at the Kazza Field (Korman). AFL Vanuatu Senior player as well as coach for Senior trainings, Mr. Kilip Andrew, is working very hard to train these senior boys and girls to get them ready for their upcoming games on July 2016.

There are six AFL clubs attending training sessions every Mondays and Thursdays: Malapoa College, Severners, Onesua College, Mele, Errakor and Ifira. AFL Vanuatu is alo looking forward to having girls team. So far two girls clubs has confirmed to play: Erasa and Pango. Looking forward for more girls club to come and be part of AFL Vanuatu.

5th Week Of Pikinini Kik

Beautiful sunny day for another week to play more footy. Today the coaches test the kids on the skills they have gone through the past 4 weeks of the program. The Kids are divided into three groups taken by couch four senior players.

Kids go through handball, Kicking, Marking and Picking up. The kids are doing so great and it really amazed the coaches. It shows that they have been concentrating and have been doing some practise too at home. The coaches are very happy. The kids are now ready to play their games on the following Saturday which is 7th May 2016.

At the end, Kids are divided into their teams. There are four teams which will be competing against each other. The Pikinini’s are now eager and looking forward to their games.

AFL Vanuatu is advising all parents to come down at the Kazza Filed (Korman) on Saturday 7 May 2016 to support and cheer up for their children.

4th Week of Pikinini Kik Program

Fourth Week of Auskick turned out great. Beautiful Sunshine to start of another day for kids to learn more footy.

Kids practised how to move towards ball and pick up ball by bending knees and scoop ball with 2 hands. Also by bringing ball into chest and keep moving forward. The kids end their Auskick day by playing a short game in their own groups. It gives out a wonderful feeling when you see kids put in what they have learnt into a game.

Next Pikinini Kik session the coaches will skill test the kids on how much they have learnt so far.

 

3rd Week Of Pikinini Kik Program

 

It was a wet morning but it does not stop kids coming to Auskick. Coach Stanley Wayne took the kids for their warm up exercise and then kids were divided into four groups to begin their lesson. The kids learn how to do Marking in Three different kinds of ways.

First they practice how to Chest Mark. The coach hold the ball out to side flat and child rums and scoop ball out of partners hands.

Second, Window Mark. Coach hold ball to side- up and down, and child runs takes ball out of hand while fingers wrapping around the ball.

Last, Overhead/ Specky Mark. The coach holds or throws the ball up and down and child runs and jump and take the ball

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