Wow! #GoBarras!! That’s been the hash tag call since the PNG Barramundis qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, Australia last Sunday. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch the skill and emotional resilience displayed by the PNG cricket team over the course of the tournament. A gritty win over Kenya cementing first place with points aggregate to push ahead of strong favourites Netherlands. The Barras finish their tour duties off this weekend with finals play offs before they fly in to Port Moresby on Monday.
Whilst a lot has been said with other sporting organizations, Netball PNG recently sent a development team away to the M1 Nations Cup in Singapore. The side put in a fair effort under recently retained Pepe’s coach Ani Iamo. The Pepe’s going down in all encounters with other Nations which will no doubt be the incumbent mentors’ role to facilitate stronger domestic development pathways to reaching international competitiveness moving forward.
Finally! The Lumi Lightning Alex Johnston has put his hand up for the PNG Kumuls. Alex previously opting to forgo representative availability due to medical unavailability and contractual obligations to his South Sydney Rabbitohs. Alex will be a feature in a side that will look to be making in-roads towards combinations and building on towards the 2021 World Cup. Alex will make his debut against the Fiji Bati’s in New Zealand on the 9th of November. Also, pushing for a start will be home grown talent Stanford Talita of the Hela Wigmen. Talita has been on the rise this year capping off a great season, aiding his side to a Grand final berth finishing 2nd to a more accomplished Snax Tigers.
PNG Orchids also have two scheduled test matches. The Orchids play host to the England Rose womens rugby league team. The Women from the Northern Hemisphere play the Orchids in Goroka, Eastern Highlands on the 9th November before hosting the second of the test matches in Port Moresby at the National Football Stadium, before the Kumuls and Great Britain Lions.
To wrap the Friday round… World Cup Rugby has finally hit D-DAY!
Almost 6 weeks of Rugby see’s the might of South Africa, the Springboks take on consistent England. The best of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere ironically to stake claim for the World Rugby ultimate prize, the Webb Ellis Cup. South Africa sneaking past a gutsy Wales while the English showing contempt and pure class to dismantle world favourites The All Blacks.
I’ll stick to the England side to be process-orientated and mechanically disassemble the Springboks to take the World Cup back to the home of Rugby.
Whatever you’re onto this weekend – play safe and play fair.