By ADRIAN MATHIAS DWU Journalism student
TEAM Manus, despite fielding a new team in volleyball are confident of winning the volleyball title at the 4th PNG Games currently held in Port Moresby.
Team Manus coach Peter Milali said last Friday after losing their opening match against Team Madang in the men’s pool three division at Taurama Leisure Centre.
Milali said his team did not receive any financial and moral support from the provincial government, business houses and individuals in Manus to boost the morale of the boys.
He added that due to high levy fees, some boys who were in the squad did not travel with the team to Port Moresby.
Milali also said that Manus women’s volleyball team were dropped due to high levy fees and inadequate support from within the province.
“I came with only nine players from the men’s side and they are all new players with no experience,” he added.
“But, I am confident because my boys are looking fine in their game and I believe we will win other matches ahead,” he said.
There are total of 38 teams from both men and women from 19 provinces competing in volleyball.
The games commenced last Friday, playing in four pools for both men and women teams.
Volleyball technical coordinator Hans Mange said the team’s movements to the designated sporting areas were slow last Friday due to the late release of the draws for the games.
Mange said the games also gave the opportunity for technical officers to show and prove themselves to be considered for the Pacific Games in 2015.
The newcomers to this year’s volleyball competition are Team Manus and Team Milne Bay.