EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Update from Nigel Hukula, Oil Search PNG Orchids Coach in Sydney


In an exclusive message share from Sydney, Australia with PNGBUZZ this afternoon, the Oil Search PNG Orchids Coach Nigel Hukula said that he sensed an air of expectation amongst his team including the management, that come what may – the Orchids will leave their mark during this Saturdays Pacific Test invitational against the Fiji Bulikula.

Hukula, who is passionate about Rugby League development especially for Schools and the Women’s game, said he was very comfortable with the camp so far and he admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the conduct and attitude of this playing group.

As a result, he believes this team of women “would make their mark for the Orchids tomorrow, and for this program. This program (PNG Women in Rugby League) is not just an add-on – it’s a program that God will bless and (it will have) positive changes within the communities and contribute towards empowering more of our women in sports and unite both men and women of PNG”.

The former PNG Hunters Assistant Coach acknowledged and thanked all the past Players, Coaches and Management for their work in bringing the PNG Orchids to this level including Oil Search Ltd, who are the inaugural naming rights sponsors and have been a driving force for women’s empowerment programs including the PNG Orchids.

Hukula asked for the support of the National Women’s team and to expect great things to come from the girls from hereon.

Oil Search PNG Orchids Official Team Photo

The OIL SEARCH PNG ORCHIDS  team is as follows:

1. Shae – Yvonne DE LA CRUZ

2. Jacobeth WAKE

3. Catherine ANJO


5. Joan KUMAN

6. Amelia KUK – Captain

7. Roswita KAPO

8. Elsie ALBERT

9. Theresa AITON

10. Winnie STEVEN

11. Gloria KAUPA

12. Shirley JERRY

13. Carol HUMEU 

14. Ayleen SONY

15. Vero WAULA

16. Lekiellia BROWN – NIKI

17. Samantha KUMAN

18. Elvinah HETRA 

Coach Nigel Hukula said from Sydney that the final 17 will be named an hour before kick-off at 3.40pm this Saturday June 22, 2019 at Leichhardt oval, west of Sydney. 

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