The National, Friday 18th November 2011
By HENRY MORABANG
THE PNG Hockey Federation yesterday clarified that the K3,000 levies are part of the expenditure component which go towards airline tickets for the Oceania Cup in Fiji next month.
PNGHF president Kaluwin Potuan said the total cost of sending the contingent which comprised 43 players and officials was K307,800.
Apart from the levy, PNGHF still has to raise funds to meet other costs and internal expenses for the trip – and is thankful that the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) have assisted with K150,000.
Potuan commended the new chairman Qwenten Cholai for his timely assistance to hockey.
He said PNGHF had met the NGCB requirements for acquitting previous funding and therefore had been supported for the trip.
“Last year NGCB gave K163,000 and now they have come again with K150,000 for the Fiji trip,” Potuan said.
He said the team would leave on Nov 26 for a week’s training in Brisbane before heading to Nadi.
During their stay in Brisbane the teams will train and hold two friendlies against the Queensland under-18s
While in Brisbane, the team will training under Hockey Queensland head coaches Barry Voland and Mike Havens before they leave for the tournament.
Potuan said the Dec 3-10 tournament has attracted two Fiji teams, New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Australia Country and PNG.
He added that the Oceania Cup was a Federation of International Hockey-sanctioned event for the Pacific Islands and it was crucial that PNG attended as part of the 2015 Pacific Games preparation.
Secretary Thomas Kahai said the trip was part of the Grassroots to Gold programme targeting the development players and technical officials.
One umpire and four bench officials will travel with the team.
The men’s squad: Selwyn Tamur, William Bon, Michael Pokanau, Tapas Kangol, Joseph Potuan, Polin Kangol, Pulsan Tapo, Michael Chakumai, Terence Maramoma, Sapau Tapo, Andrew Potuan, Milton Gebo, Eddie Potuan, Hussein Lowa, Russel Tarutia, John Isini and Michael Pomat.
The coach is Thomas Kahai, team manager is Selan Lelai and assistant coach is Bonny Samen.
Women: Jennifer Maramoma, Gabriella Kisapai, Terry Kiapin, Ruby Kariton, Tiani Tapo, Monica Wadi, Jessica Kevan, Julienne Naron, Kulamei Kahai, Terry Potuan, Therese Chakumai, Christine Moyap, Sefarna Bore, Kari Raurela, Nialel Matambuai and Molly Popu.
The coach is James Tapo, manager is Caroline Kahi and assistant coach Theresa Potuan.