Almanac Footy History: New Ireland v Vunakanau Tigers (continued)



Yesterday The Footy Almanac featured the photo above (courtesy of David Bridie). We said that ‘We would love to hear from anyone who played in the game or watched the game. If anyone can identify any of the people in the photo please let us know via the comments section below.’


In response, Richard Jones from Bendigo suggested that we try to make contact with one Keith Jackson who curates a blog called PNG Attitude. Keith is a former teacher, broadcaster, senior public servant and longtime PNG-ophile after living and working there for many years dating back to the 1960s.


Keith and his wife Ingrid just happen to be my ‘over the back fence’ friendly neighbours in Noosaville! A larger than life rambunctious character, Keith is a fountain of incisive knowledge across a broad range of topics, a raconteur extraordinaire with a withering wit, a generous host (with a very good taste in wines) and a good bloke to boot.


So I emailed him late yesterday to ask if he could help us in our search for more insights into the photo and the match. Consequently he posted the following story on PNG Attitude today which he has kindly allowed me to share with you.


We await further developments.



We’ll do our best to publish two books in the lead-up to Christmas 2021. The Tigers (Covid) Almanac 2020  and the 2021 edition to celebrate the Dees’ magnificent premiership season(title is up for discussion at the moment!). These books will have all the usual features – a game by game account of the Tigers and Demons season – and will also include some of the best Almanac writing from these two Covid winters. Enquiries HERE


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