The National, Tuesday July 31st, 2012
AMID the hype of the 2012 London Olympics, the PNG Hebou Garamuts (Under 19) slipped out of the country quietly, headed for Australia where they would undergo a 10-day training camp before beginning their World Cup campaign.
The Garamuts left the country last Saturday and teamed up with skipper Chris Kent, Chad Soper and head coach Peter Anderson in Brisbane.
They left for the Sunshine Coast the same afternoon where they fine-tuned their skills.
Speaking from the training camp in Caloundra, Queensland, coach John Ovia was quietly confident that his young guns were capable of causing an upset.
“It’s now show time for the boys. We’ve been preparing for this tournament for over 10 months now. I believe we are well prepared and fit,” Ovia said.
“It’s time for the boys to put all the practice & training we have been doing into match situations now.”
“I am confident our boys can do our country proud.
“We had a couple of practice matches where we tried and worked out different combinations, line-ups, etc.”
The Garamuts have been placed in Pool C alongside test nations heavy weights India, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
They began their training at Sunshine Coast where they would play two practice matches this week against Scotland and Bangladesh before heading back to Brisbane for two more practice matches against Nepal and Pakistan.
They then head to Townsville for their pool matches with Zimbabwe on Aug 11, West Indies on Aug 13 and then face India on Aug 16.