By HENRY MORABANG
STRUCTURAL Bridging System (SBS) Butterflies RFLC in Port Moresby will focus more on junior development at club level in line with the dream of PNGNRL’s bid aspiration.
The re-elected president of Butterflies RFLC Tony Kuman firmly believes a lot of quality players would be derived from junior level if the clubs wanted to see improvement at the club, semi-professional (bemobile Cup) and international levels.
Comparing junior players in Australia where they learnt the basics at early age, he said our elite crop of players should not be making basic fundamental errors.
“When playing at bemobile and international level, there should be no room for such syndrome of basic errors such as drop balls, high shots and miss tackles. The players must be spot-on to carry out their responsibilities on the field,” he said.
Currently, the SBS-sponsored team has nine international players playing for the team, including the trio of Jessie Joe Parker, Michael Mark and Charlie Wabo who are currently based in England.
The clubs lost 16 players to various franchise and overseas clubs last year but they hung on to make the major semi finals with junior players stepping up to the senior level to play premier football. With this, the club is anticipating a very good season this year.
Kuman thanked manager Samson Unagi and coach Tony Kila for guiding the club last season and achieving good results. The club lost in the major semi finals to current premiers, UMW Brothers.
The club executive has also welcomed the announcement of SBS to continue sponsoring the club this year.
The club’s major sponsors were Mabey and Johnson for the last four years.
Kuman thanked Cooperative Societies of PNG for assisting the club with full sets of uniform.
He also announced that the training schedule for this year will start next Tuesday at 4.20 pm at Apex Park.
All old and new players are welcome. Anyone wishing to get more information can contact the Butterflies team coordinator on Dicigel 71987697.