Two AFL South Pacific Region national talent academies – PNG and Nauru – will be represented in the upcoming PacificAus Sport U19 Talent Academy Challenge, to be held at the home base of the Gold Coast SUNS, the AustWorld Centre training facility.
This event will take place concurrently with the AFL’s National Female Youth Diversity Talent programs with the Indigenous Woomeras and the Multicultural Medleys taking to the field to start the day.
Just as with the recent South Pacific U19 Talent Camps in Queensland, both men’s and women’s sides will put their skills on display. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 5th with the women’s team starting proceedings at 2pm, and the men’s team following at 3:30pm. Both games will be live streamed on Cluch TV.
This is an exciting step in regional game development for the next generation of players from Nauru and PNG. The two sides boast prodigious seams of talented youngsters and both games promise to be hard fought, tight contests. It will also offer opportunities for those involved in footy’s growth here in Australia, to further understand and appreciate the wonderful outcomes beyond our shores.
It is with the support of the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports program, AFL and AFL Queensland, AFL PNG, AFL Nauru, Gold Coast SUNS Academy, Brisbane Lions Academy, and in country partners PNG Sports Foundation and Government of Nauru, that the Academy Challenge will kick off in 2023.