The National, Mondy 14th November 2011
QUEENSLAND Cowboys rugby league star, Carl Webb made his first visit to Kokopo, East New Britain, last week to help promote sporting initiatives especially the schoolboys’ rugby league in the province.
The trip was organised by Trukai Industries with the support of NGIP Agmark Ltd.
Webb together with Adrian Thompson and Kevin Marty visited Kokopo Primary School where teachers and students turned up not only to see the rugby league star, but to participate in the rugby league coaching clinic.
The Agmark Gurias team also had the chance to get coaching skills from the visiting team.
Gurias head coach Michael Marum was delighted with Trukai and the visiting team for opening doors to young players for possible recruitment by the Cowboys and its feeder clubs.
The clinic also provides promising local players opportunities to break into top level football, coaching and skills development.
Webb was the special guest at the Ralum Club during the Gurias presentation night giving out medal awards to the players.
He congratulated Marum and the team for finishing off the season at the top spot.
Gurias lock forward Pidi Tongap received ‘Best Forward’ award, Wartovo Puara Jr ‘Tackle of the Year’ and “Player of The Year” awards while Jackie Marcus and Chris Jerry shared the ‘Top Try Scorer’ award.
Israel Eliab received ‘Top Point Scorer’ and ‘Rookie of The Year’ awards while ‘Best and Fairest Player’ award went to Kot Kerowa and Nelson Daplen received the ‘Players Player of The Year’ award.
Other awards were the ‘Best Back’ won by Albert Patak, ‘Most Consistent Player’ was Marcus Kaugla and Sakias Kabange received ‘Top Defender’ award with Boas Ruru receiving the ‘Coach’s Award’.
Michael thanked the 2011 Major sponsors: Islands Petroleum, Rabaul Metal Industries, Andersons Foodland, Credit Corporation, PNG Motors (Ford), Coastal Shipping Company, SAS, Kavieng Hotel and ENB governor for the support and all other sponsors who backed the team during the Digicel Cup competition.