By MELTON PAIS
THE Hohola Flies proved many of their critics wrong when they won their maiden Port Moresby Rugby League premiership last month.
For coach Michael John Eka, pictured, the 7-6 win over foundation club Paga Panthers did not just shut up the naysayers but also justified the hard work put in by his players over a long demanding season.
“We were written off heading into the finals but I think our structure and trust in eachother got us through,” Eka said.
“We’re probably not the best set up club or the best backed but all that stuff is outside the field of play and all we were focused on was what we could do in the field,” he said of the club that was established in 2010.
The Flies had made the transition from the Port Moresby Suburban League but had proven their ability by winning the MRDC 9s in 2014 and this year and also making the Fairfax 9s final last year.
Flies comprise of mixture of players living around Hohola in Port Moresby with the majority from Enga.
Eka only took up the coaching reins in 2014 and admitted it was hard taking charge of the team.
“We don’t have a proper field to train on and sponsors have been hard to come by but we’ve done the best with what we’ve got.”
The Flies made the 2014 PRL final but lost to the Butterflies
Consistency in the face of challenges has been a trademark for the unlikely champions and Eka believes that quality more than anything else would put his club in good stead in the years to come.
By MELTON PAIS