The National- Friday, January 21, 2011
THE PNG Kickboxing Association has announced a 64-member squad selected from last month’s national championship in Mendi, Southern Highlands.
Newly crowned national champions Southern Highlands provide nearly half the squad numbers with 29 fighters – Mendi (20) and Gobe (9).
The large squad will supply PNGKA with a pool of fighters to choose from to represent the country at international tournaments this year.
Chairman of selectors Stanley Nandex said he was delighted that so many fighters had proven themselves capable of fighting on the international stage.
He thanked all invloved in the national championships especially major sponsor Curtain Clough Joint Venture and SHP police commander Teddy Tei for their assistance in making the tournament a success.
The squad is lead by Nandex’s elite talent in Laurie Hanku, Bonny Louise and Andy Sam and also includes 11 female kickboxers.
The PNGKA 2011 squad: Mendi – Allen Yaren, Bata Kai, Robin Nari, Dicksy Tonomi, Kasol Ongo, Samson Bip, Bimbo Saula, John Noma, Francis Soams, Medlina Matrada, Jesinta Unopa, Rose Paul, Bosteny Pelo, Rami Jack, Jonthan Tuha, Rosi Ken, Tunu Obert, Gonopa Junior, Kuni Abednigo, John Numo; Goroka – Oviri Robin, Amex Rayong, Kaupa Omena, Lae – Walege Gilbert, Abel Ganiga, Tonny Philip, Emil Moborau, Girian Martin, Makat Kani, Jill Siko; Mt Hagen – Michael Thomson, Andrew Sam, Gabi Sam, Jenny Memit, Kennet Kamgu, Isaac Sito; Chimbu – Bonny Louise, Dicks Kutne, Jeffrey Daka, Peter Bal, Moses Mogia, Nathan Joe, Ellis Waim, Kuma Peter, Barawa John, Ball Moore, Sine Olta, Kelly Peter; Madang – Levi Kambing, Jocelyn Nanni, Beta Kassin, Ronald Palman, Lesley Tolopa, Billy Kaul; Gobe – Laurie Hanku, Stanley Wilson, Kira Wenu, Ken Hanksman, Ian Tom, Job Mindi, Andrew Linstan, Rodney Ope and Charlie Joe.