Reviving Aussie-Rules

Andrew Cadzow the Australia Football League Development Manager for the Oceania region is in town planning the revival of Australia Football or Aussie-Rules.
“We want to take Samoa AFL to the next level, so that’s what we are doing now and the AFL is committed to being involved with Samoa,” he said.
“This trip is to organise 2009-2010, we had a committee meeting last-night, I’ve got a meeting with the High Commissioner (Australia) and the Facility Management group.
“I will also be meeting with a few of the senior players plus a committee to basically organise what we are doing for 2009.”
Getting gears for the game will be priority for Cadzow and his people.
“Planning for our season launch will be one point of focus, some coaching courses how we are going to resource the country in sense of getting gears.”

The goals include restarting the “Aussie-rules senior program, and we’re just discussing at the moment having an international game next year between Samoa, Tonga and probably Nauru.
“It's literally a planning meeting in preparation for our February start next year.”

 Competition and skills are needed if Samoa is to perform in the Oceania cup.
“Our biggest aim at the moment is to get some under 14,16 year old boys playing in the Oceania cup next year.”

“So whether that’s held here or in Fiji, we are not sure at the moment but we hope from that the best young Samoans, Tongans, Fijians end up playing in the Australian National title.”
In the end, it all comes down to the future of local players and how far they want to take it.

“Players have the opportunity to going all the way to playing AFL, Aaron Edwards style at the highest level.”

“The meeting will also see if we could organise scholarships for the young boys and men, and we are pretty keen on that.”
“Forming an academy is also our focus, so that our kids get somewhere to go with the AFL.”   


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