The National, Thursday July 11th, 2013
By JACK AMI
GULF Isapea CEO Robert Ori and director and technical advisor Mark Mom recently took the Digicel Cup’s most improved side in 2013 to Kerema for a tour.
The trip to Kerema last Wednesday was to show their support to the Kerema Rugby League (KRL) and Kerema School Boys League (KSBL) with both financial and technical assistance.
The Isapea representatives were welcomed by the Gulf provincial administrator Marc Avai on behalf of Governor Havila Kavo.
The KSBLs under-17 were treated to inspiring speeches by Ori and Mom (pictured left) encouraging them to focus on discipline, fitness and clean living to achieve good results both academically and on the field.
Following the presentation, the boys were taken through an intense training session by Isapea coach Nigel Hukula and his staff. Trainer Harrison Kavora and players George Kose, John Horope, Lawrence Tu’u helped teach the youngsters tackling techniques and hand and eye co-ordination exercises.
Ori presented the KRL president and former Kumul Haoda Kouoru with K3,000 from the Isapea funds to assist in the development of Kerema players.
Hukula (pictured right) also advised KRL officials coaching and administration. He also committed K500 to affiliate the referees from Kerema to the PNGRFL, and handed out the new official pink Referees uniforms.
Schoolboys League technical officer Kosai Sarara and manageress Susan Matturu were invited by Mom to Port Moresby with their U17s squad to join in training and mentoring sessions.
The Isapea also helped the Kerema U17s with transport during their stay in Port Moresby.
The visit was a resounding success and the first of more to come Ori reiterated to the crowd at Kerema’s basketball court, and on NBC radio, how proud he was to be Gulf-born, that the Isapea belongs to the people, and that the new management under the leadership of chairman Peter Loko would continue to work hard to make the Gulf people of their franchise.
Mom said he was proud to be of Kerema decent through his mother Caroline Ueri Mefaramu of Miaru Village. He said it was sad that he was the last Kumul player of Gulf decent and encouraged Gulf players to strive to represent their country.
He reminded the people that success was not achieved as an individual, but as a community, that the new image of the Gulf Isapea included appreciation and respect for the women, and to always strive for success both on and off the field.