By JACK AMI
SOUTHERN Confederate coach Collin Geno has fulfilled his dream of becoming a champion coach in the PNG Rugby Football League national zone trials.
As the national confederate champions in the men’s senior grade, a big welcome reception was given to them at Jackson Airport on Sunday afternoon when they returned from the tournament in Lae.
The Aroma Coast nines coach was given the coaching honours last year by Southern Confederation director Gwaibo Mairi but did not succeed due to limitations in training and preparations.
Geno thanked Mairi for giving him the chance to coach the senior men’s team, who won the grand final against Highlands 10-4 in Lae last week.
“We were criticised by local leagues over selections but we proved that the players picked were selected on merit,” Mairi said.
Geno said the team was a mixture of experienced players and debutants, who all performed well.
He said the experience of former Digicel Cup players Nao Boge, Stanley Mairi, Jeffrey Parah, Edene Gebby, Frank Kagai and Dickson Amea, led the Southerners’ charge in the tournament.
“Debutants Shane Haro, Junior Lo, Auki Uru, Yoks Bagave, Albert Apa, Joe Geno, Legu Oala, Ande Warako and Max Kosmos performed to expectations and are future Digicel Cup and Kumul prospects,” said Geno.
By JACK AMI