By ROBINSON LEKA
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Dozyl John Waine is aiming to follow in the footsteps of her uncle and Papua New Guinea rugby league legend Stanley Gene as she continues to turn heads in the rugby league community.
From Algan and Masul in Sinesine-Yomgomugl, Chimbu, Waine also follows a host of big names from the district who have put their province on the map not just at the national level but on the international stage.
Sinesine-Yomgomugl has produced some of the country’s top rugby league talents in the likes of the late Bal Numapo, David Tinemau, Stanley Gene, Michael Mark and Melbourne Storm centre Justin Olam.
Waine is the niece of legendary Papua New Guinea Kumuls, Braford Bulls, St Helens and Hull Kingston Rovers five-eighth Gene.
Standing at a height of 175cm and weighing more than 60kg, the young lass rose to stardom in 2019 when she was selected to represent Northern Confederation in the national schools championships in Port Moresby.
It was at the championships that Waine realised her rugby league potential and she has since grown from strength to strength.
“I want to acknowledge the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) under the chairmanship of Sandis Tsaka and the administration staff for the great job they have done for the sport in the country,” she said.
“The federation has elevated the status of our national teams, the Kumuls and Orchids, over the years.
“PNGRFL has also introduced the National Schools Rugby League programme.”
It all happened in 2017 when Waine was just 15 years old and doing grade nine at Lae Secondary School under the guidance of former Papua New Guinea Orchids mentor Danis Miles (physical education teacher) and Michael Miapu (coach).
“Waine is making steady progress in her rugby league journey, improving her game very fast in the last two years,” Miapu said.
“Her style of running, evasive and agility skills on the flanks had paid off in 2019 when she was selected to represent Morobe in the Northern Confederation schools selection trials in Lae.”
Waine’s father, John said:
“I have a keen interest in my daughter completing her education, finding a good job and looking after herself, but I also see her talent and potential in the sport.
“So I’m doing everything to support her. I’m hoping she can follow in the footsteps of Papua New Guinea Orchids captain Elise Albert to one day get a scholarship just like her.”
Waine is also following in the footsteps of her elder brother, Kuria, who is doing his third year of economics studies at the University of Technology in Lae.
She recently completed her first year of studies at Don Bosco Technical College in Kerowagi, Chimbu, where she is studying business management.
The opportunities in education have allowed Waine to chase her rugby league dream with the Chimbu native joining Downtown Cowgirls in the Kerowagi Coffee Cup, where she has developed as a lock.
Making her second appearance for the Cowgirls, her presence is already felt by her opponents with her barnstorming runs and her brutal defence.
While her days of playing rugby league have just started, Waine made special mention of her family for their support.
“Playing rugby league is something that I’ve become passionate about and I’m so grateful to have supportive parents in John and Betty,” she said.
“I’m also thankful for the support of my four brothers who share the same passion for the game.”