South Pacific results at NAB U16 Australian National Champs

The South Pacific U/16 side started with a courageous win against the World side at the NAB Australian U16 National Championships.

After a slow start the team really gelled together to record a terrific last second victory with the last kick of the game. DJ Grundler kicked truly to put the South Pacific ahead for the first time in the game, giving them a great victory.

All of the players banded together in the second half to take the game on after falling behind by 4 goals early in the 3rd quarter.

Hawthorn Hawks International Scholarship holder Siope Ngata was terrific at Centre half back, Gilmore Morehari and Jemasol Paiara got their hands on the ball to turn the second half around and DJ Grundler kicked the winning goal with seconds remaining!

The final score saw the South Pacific 8-6-54 defeat the World Side 7-9-51

Goal Kickers:

Gilmore Morehari, Giovanni Silbery 2, Kila Rawali, DJ Grundler, Ryan Bonga, Pilo Dagiaro

Best Players:

Siope Ngata, Jarrod Illig, John Susuve, Gilmore Morehari, Peter Lavong, Ryan Bonga, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Paniel Penias

The South Pacific U/16 side suffered their first defeat against the WA North West side in their 2nd match.

The South Pacific played a terrific game, improving dramatically from game 1. But the finishing class and skill level of the WA North West side stood out as they took the points.

The first half was very tight and the South Pacific worked very hard all game. Their tackling pressure and decision making with the ball was a highlight for the South Pacific. The learning curve for our Pacific based players has been tremendous. Their improvement has been terrific.

Christian Blackie was solid again in the back half and Peter Lavong rebounded the ball out of the back half all day! Ryan Bonga and Te Kopa Tipene Thomas were terrific on their wings and the Small ground players Jemasol Paiara, Gilmore Morehari and Kila Rawali were battling hard all day. Pilo Dagiaro provided a great target up forward also kicking 2 goals.

The players took another step forward yesterday in their development as AFL Footballers, listening and working hard on their games.

The final score saw the WA North West 10-8-68 defeat South Pacific 4-6-30

Goal Kickers:

Pilo Dagiaro 2, Ryan Bonga, Katah Siwee

Best Players:

Peter Lavong, Jarrod Illig, DJ Grundler, Kila Rawali, Christian Blackie, John Susuve, Jemasol Paiara, Pilo Dagiaro, Paniel Penias


The NAB U16 Australian National Championships finished with a great game against the Flying Boomerangs.

The South Pacific Boys played their best game of the carnival spreading the ball and moving up and down the ground well. However, the boys were unable to finish off their hard work on the scoreboard and allowed the Boomerangs to take the ball into their forward line with ease.

South Pacific’s tackling pressure was superb and our effort around the ball great. The skill execution of the Boomerangs was a class above and allowed them to hit the scoreboard.

Christian Blackie was again outstanding in the back line and Giovanni Silbery produced his best game at centre half back. Katah Siwee had the ball on a string all day and Jone baba kicked a crucial goal mid way in the third quarter. Jemasol Paiara battled hard all day to play his best game of the Week.

Peter Lavong again had a terrific game off the half back line rebounding the ball countless times and snuck up forward to finish with a terrific goal. Peter was named player of the carnival for the South pacific.

It was another step forward for the Pacific players. Their quality of football has come a long way forward in just 3 games.

The final score saw the Flying Boomerangs 14-8-92 defeat South Pacific 6-12-48

Goal Kickers:

Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Pilo Dagiaro, Jack Matheson, Iggy Roka, Peter lavong

Best Players:

Katah Siwee, Siope Ngata, Jarrod Illig, Peter Lavong, Jemasol Paiara, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Christian Blackie, Ryan Bonga, Te Rei Clark

Original reporting by Ben Drew.