By PATRICIA KEAMO
PORT Moresby Viper Shalom Bire is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his younger brother Jokadi Bire and join the SP Hunters as “every brother’s dream is to play alongside their sibling”.
Centre Shallom told The National yesterday that his aim for his second season with the Vipers was to do his best and impress Hunters selectors for the next Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.
The 23-year-old said seeing his brother’s debut for the Hunters had motivated him to make his mark and play alongside Jokadi, 21, one day.
“Usually, after his games, we talk via Whatsapp and discuss his performances like the areas in which he did well and those that he needs improvement,” Shallom said.
“He’s my younger brother so I never hold back when telling him where he went wrong.
“If he puts in good performances, I praise him.
“I’ve seen major improvements in his performances which I didn’t expect and I am proud of him.”
Shallom, from Salt-Nomane, Chimbu, started his rugby league career in Kundiawa with local club Panthers.
In 2019, he made his debut in the Digicel cup with Enga Mioks before joining the Vipers last season.
The Vipers centre said the 2020 season was a challenge, given the disruptions to the competition due to Covid-19, but he did well.
“I feel like this season is going to be a big year for the team and me as well, so I’m looking forward to it,” Shallom said.
“I was hoping to make the Hunters train-on squad last year and make the final cut for this season, but it wasn’t the case.
“But watching Jokadi play with the Hunters has really inspired me and I’m proud of him, he has a bright future ahead of him.
“My aim now is to do my best so I can make the Hunters squad and play alongside my brother.”
By PATRICIA KEAMO