Palais seek redemption at Asia-Pacific Sevens

Normal, Sports

The National, Wednesday October 16th, 2013


A RECENT devastating tour to the Sunshine Coast is all dusted and done with and the Palais hope for glory at the upcoming Asia Pacific Womens Rugby 7s Championships.

The Palais are counting down to the prestigious tournament which will be played in Shanghai, Chi8na over October 25-27.

Under the coaching of John Larry, the Palais have their sights set on taking on Oceania rivals Australia while they prepare to test their faith against top Asian competitors Japan, Hong Kong and host, China.

While the team recovers from a devastating tour in Australia earlier this month, the 2011 Asia Pacific 7s cup holders are determined to pick up their game at this year’s Asia Pacific 7s.

Again, it is not going to be an easy challenge for the PNG girls.

The girls had a week off after finishing fifth at the Oceania 7s championships and resumed training on Monday.

Long-time serving coach, Larry said despite the team’s poor results at their recent tournament; he still believes they can do better.

“We just have to put the Oceania 7s aside and focus and look forward to another big tournament.

“There is no looking back,” Larry said.

Larry said he would be banking on the experience of playmaker Dulcie Bomai and Jillian Yallon to lead their challenge  in Shanghai as they try to gain redemption.

The team goes into camp on Sunday and leaves for Shanghai next Thursday.

The Palais:  Jillian Yallon, Yarowena Morofa, Doris Joseph, Kaila Benny, Dulcie Bomai, Menda Ipat, Freda Waula, Pauline Arazi, Joan Lagona, Kymlie Rapilla,  Meiling Choong, Cathy Neap, Marie Siari, Rutha Omenefa.