When COVID-19 hit the country earlier this year, everything slowed down, and new measures were put in place to ensure safety for everyone.
This later affected a lot of things including sporting activities, which saw cancellations or postponements of sporting events and competitions.
The AFL code was one of the victims, having to wait for a long while before getting the approval from the National Pandemic Response Controller to go ahead like the other sporting codes.
Eventually it did and AFL Port Moresby was one competition that wasted no time to kick things off with a short season, which started in October and eventually ending this Saturday, 28th November with the grand finals.
Port Moresby AFL President, Mr. Douglas Lai, has nothing but praises for the clubs for making this 2020 season a success despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
“Let me say thank you to all the clubs that participated in the short POM AFL season, thank you very much that we reached our grand final today.”
Meanwhile, in the 2020 Moni Plus Senior Men’s grand final match between the defending premiers the West Eagles and the Kokofa-Cats, saw the Eagles defeated their opponents in a hard and fast footy match.
The Eagles dominated the first, second and third quarters of the match.
Although the Kokofa-Cats really put on a challenge in the final fourth quarter with two goals, it was not enough to score a victory.
The final scores; West Eagles 44, Kokofa- Cats 33.
Eagles captain, Jeffery Namati, thanked the boys and attributed the victory to good teamwork.
“To the boys of West Eagles, club management, the team, thank you for everything for the short season.”
“We put in a hundred percent into training, day in day out. So, thank you very much this one is for you guys.”
Also, in the Senior Women’s match saw the Lamana Dockers defeated Mix Mates to grab the victory for 2020 Moni Plus Women’s Premiership.
Like most sporting events, things would not have been possible without sponsors.
Therefore, the President also thanked Moni Plus and local businessman and former PNG Mosquitoes, Mr. Walter Yongomina for the continuous and generous support this season.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Season is expected to start early around February.