Tom Temuri was Vanuatu U15’s captain for their final match, the coaching group made the decision early in the week to share the captaincy across the players, looking for all boys to grow as leaders as they become better role models for their school, community and most importantly, their families.

The game started in a hotly contested style, with great contribution from the midfielders, Maino, Sandy and Brayan and Tom.

Vanuatu Volcanoes got the first goal of the game, with Jared Frezer taking a great mark, then a fine kick to the top of our forward goal-square where Leonce Warsal continued his fine form with a strong mark and set-shot goal.

Ace Garae Gesa landed a great tackle to keep the ball in our forward line … The All-Stars rebounded the ball, but with terrific play, Brayan Malas was able to win the ball, run and bounce and kick long … Sandy Lop won the ball, passed it on to Maino Taiwia and Leonce finished it off with another mark and goal … the Volcanoes were off to a good start and playing with real spirit.

Sandy Lop again got involved at a forward line stoppage, won the ball and kicked our 3rd goal.

Pacific All-Stars hot back with a goal of their own, so it was not all one-way football, the boys were in a real contest.

Tom Tamuri started the 2nd quarter really well with a strong tackle … we kept the ball in our forward line, with Brayan winning a free kick and then “goose-stepping” his opponent to then run and kick an exciting goal.

Junior Willie Telkrap was leading the defence, repelling the All-Stars time and time again, rebounding the ball with great effort, continually helping his team-mates and showing great courage to win the ball in the air and at ground level.

Tom Tamuri another great tackle, Travis Lenge took two terrific intercept marks deep in defence and then moved the ball really well to relieve the pressure with strong kicking.

Brayan took an intercept mark and played on quickly to kick another exciting goal from 35 metres out. The volcanoes were starting to control the play and show some real confidence.

Suley Takal showed great focus to take a contested mark under real pressure.

In a marking contest at the top of our goal-square, Kaloris Boblang took a great mark, then coolly went packed and nailed the goal, to give the Volcanoes a 30 point lead at HALF Time, 6-1-37 to 1-1-7.

The 3rd quarter was an even tussle, with Suley landing a great tackle and winning the ball under pressure … Ace gathered a loose ball to kick our only goal for the term, Eddie Tom won the ball really well under pressure and Jared Frezer landed one of the best tackles of the whole carnival when he ran down an All-Star from behind to win a free kick, well done Jared, a real credit to you.

The Volcanoes took a 24 point lead into the final quarter, and were determined to maintain their dominance over the Pacific All-Stars.

Sakary Shem came into the game in the last quarter providing some great pressure, Junior, Steven Caleb, Walter Mahit and Charles Kennedy continued to apply pressure and drive the ball forward, it was so pleasing to see all the players actively involved in the game.

Maino Taiwia won a free kick and kicked the goal, we gained the next centre bounce clearance and Brayan drove the ball long into the forward line, where Leonce Warsal picked up the loose ball and fittingly kicked our last goal to cap off a great carnival for himself and the team.

Goal Kickers were Leonce 3, Brayan 2, Ace 1, Sandy 1, Maino 1, Kaloris 1

It was a pleasing way to finish, the Volcanoes playing with plenty of spirit and rightfully keeping their standing as the third ranked team, in what was a really even performance, the boys were able to improve their football game after game, which was so pleasing to see and so rewarding for the AFL Vanuatu program.

Hopefully, off the back of such a positive 8 week training program and week-long carnival, this can increase the enthusiasm for AFL football across Vanuatu.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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