The National, Friday 21st September 2012
TWENTY-TWO year old Agmark Guria and Prime Minister’s XIII debutant Wartovo Puara will realise a six-year dream when he runs out against Australia this Sunday.
“Not yet, I want to be a full Kumul,” Puara said over lunch.
Even more special, is sharing a childhood dream with a close friend and teammate, halfback Israel Eliab, since they played their first rugby league games in the East New Britain schoolboys competition for Tanaka Primary School in 2008.
“We’ve played together since we were kids, from Tanaka to the PNG Junior Kundus, Gurias and then PMs XIII,” Puara goes back in time.
After finally breaking into the senior Gurias side in 2011 and contributing to a great part of the Gurias dream run to the grand final, Eliabs departure from ‘Radaaz’ for the Port Moresby Vipers in the 2012 season split the combination.
Puara stayed on and became the Gurias most valuable player in the grand final winning season, while Eliab moved to the city.
While Eliab instantly made his entry into the international arena last season, Puara has had to work harder another year
“I want to make a difference,” the young hooker from Raim Village, Vunadidir said.
“If I can play my part and help my captains Glen Nami and Dion Aiye, and the team in achieving what we want to achieve in any way, I will put my body on the line.”
And it is true knowing how hard he is at the contact.
At just 172cm in height, and a 78kg weight, it is hard to believe that he was one of the biggest hitters of season 2012.
He will lurk in the shadow of long-serving Kumul and idol Charlie Wabo. But is not letting this chance to make a difference go by come Sunday.