Late Kato Ottio: Gone But Not Forgotten


“Your son, our son is gone but not forgotten”

These are the words from PNG Hunters Chairman Graham Osborne to the mother of Kato Ottio and the his family on Saturday, 11 January 2020. Mr Osborne and new Coach Matthew Church led the 30-strong PNG Hunters 2020 squad to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of late Kato Ben Ottio who tragically died on 9th of January 2018.

An emotional Chairman couldn’t fight back his tears when expressing his gratitude and fond memories of Kato, in the presence mother Joyce Ottio and her family including grandfather Mathew. Mrs Ottio thanked Chairman Osborne, Coach Matthew Church, Ase Boas and the Hunters players and management for taking the time to visit the family. 

She reinvigorated the hunters plays to keep going and play strong to make the nation proud and to keep the memory of her son alive. “At times it is tough when I see you play, I remember my son and I get emotional” she shared. “But I want you to play your best, to play strong to remember your brother”.

Ase Boas, a close friend to Ottio, spoke on behalf of the players and read a special poem dedicated to Kato and the impact he had on the team.

After the home visit the team walked through Tatana village to the grave site, where each player individually laid fresh flowers as sign of respect and that memories of Kato are still fresh to them.

The PNG Hunters have two trial matches scheduled for next month. The first is against Central Queensland Capras in Port Moresby on February 22, 2020. This game will be followed by the NRL ‘trial’ between Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs. The second SP Hunters ‘trial’ will be against Northern Pride in Cairns the following week on February 29, 2020. SP Hunters take on South Logan Magpies in Brisbane in the opening round of the 2020 Intrust Super Cup season on Sunday March 15, 2020.

Feature Pic: Hunters Coach Matthew Church greeting Kato Ottio’s Mother Joyce Ottio, with Team Chaplain Arthur Tane

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