The National, Thursday July 4th, 2013
THE Port Moresby Industry Touch Association (PITA) has selected a train-on squad for all its international and national events for the remainder of season 2013 and 2014 season.
PITA president Joe Yore (pictured) and his executives are taking a new approach in forward planning to set new heights in touch football.
Yore said this is the association’s vision and mission to develop a new base of players and management team with the aim to eventually have some of them selected for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
He said there was a need for more competition outside its own competition to build, grow, develop and strengthen players and the administration base to win both local and overseas events that the association attended.
“This year PITA is slated to attend the Queensland Touch State championships, after the state accepted the PITA’s request based on its vision to develop its players by playing in a competitive arena outside of the Touch Federation PNG sanctioned competitions.
“We are still awaiting TFPNG approval to reconsider its decision to stop PITA taking part in the Queensland state championships from August 2-4 next year,”yore said.
The veteran touch administrator expressed disappointed with the national body’s decision because it was one option where an affiliate of TFPNG was developing players and team management for the national body to use in future international events, like the World Cup, regional events and 2015 Pacific Games.
He said the TFPNG position on the matter was not in the best interest in of touch football development and growth and going forward.
The selected players in the train on squad are: Gerald Lynald, Felix Michael, Richard Tom, Harry Kea, Xavier Metta, Samuel Yore, Hudson Kea, John Loloko, Bobby Saruva, Willie Robert, Brandon Miria, Dally Illam (men); Molly Susuve, Maureen Toropo, Emma Thomas, Christine Kessler, April Yore, Kylie Yore, Agi Geno, Emmanuella Pandia, Agnes Miria, Karen Susuve, Maggie Tony (women).
Training days are every Tuesdays from 4.30pm at the Sir John Guise Stadium.