U16s get set for curtain-raiser


THE Papua New Guinea Under-16 rugby league side are undergoing tough training sessions in Port Moresby in preparation for the Prime Minister’s 13 curtain-raiser game against the U16 side from New South Wales that arrived in the country last week.
The Kundus started their first session on Monday at the National Football Stadium’s oval two, alongside the Prime Minister’s 13, under the watchful eyes of coach Dennis Miall.
Miall said having boys come from all regions of the country with different backgrounds was quite challenging at first, but after bonding, the team spirit in camp has grown from strength to strength.
“Apart from the Port Moresby-based boys, some of the boys from other provinces are first-timers in Port Moresby and being here and playing the curtain-raiser on Saturday will be a lifetime experience for them.”
The 18-member side was picked last month after a selection trial in Lae that coincided with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League Confederate Championships.
“After this game when they go back home to their leagues, these young men will be regarded as role models, so it is a big bonus for the boys.
Miall said this U16 representative opportunity would only push this group of boys to be committed and look forward to the next representative experience in the future.
PNG U16s: Mathew Jersey, Joachim Lolok, Benson Loma, Willie Asa, Charlie Tom, Amos John, James Bai Wong, Nathan Tente, Xavier Jim, Saka Mairi, Han Yamason, Shadrack Maima, Wendel Kipsy, Carlos Wulala, Willie Tusa, Judah Rimbu, Wiya Joel, Gershwin Gilbert.

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