The National, Wednesday 22nd May 2013
By JOHN PANGKATANA
THREE Madang Mad Gauns players have finally broken into the SP Export Lager PNG Sevens team.
Consistent performances at local tournaments over the last three years have finally paid-off for Toby Toally, Donald Kais and now Port Moresby-based Mara Katam.
PNG is preparing to participate in one of Fiji’s strongest tournaments, the 37th Fiji Bitter Marists Sevens on May 31 to June 1 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
The trio will finally get the chance to prove their worth to sevens coach Warren Jennings.
They have been named in a newly stitched outfit that also welcomes the return of former sevens international’s in Abau’s Kojo Ware and Roland Namo.
Rising star Ezra Kautu has also wedged his way into team.
The other Madang player named is PNG Under-20 representative Arnold Lange, who has been named as a shadow player.
This is the last throw of the dice for Jennings, who needs a positive performance leading-up to their Oceania Cup campaign.
With PNG being omitted from the IRB World Series legs in Adelaide and Wellington, it is important for the team to do well at the Oceania Cup slated for Fiji.
While the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janerio looks to be out of reach on current for there is still a glimmer of hope if Jennings can put the right mix of players together.
PNG 7s team: Douglas Guise, Gairo Varo, Donald Kais, Roland Namo, Esra Kautu, Tisa Kautu, Hubert Tsereha, Henry Liliket, Albert Levi Jnr, Toby Toally, Mara Katam, Kojo Ware.