Kokomos U16s Tame Tonga
The Kokomos U16s were focused on the championship and knew that Tonga stood between them and a semi final berth. They needed the win in order to continue their QPICC campaign.
Tonga were immediately on the attack and had a crack at the PNG try line but were met by a wall of Kokomos who managed to repel the Tongan raiders. Kokomos’ Ronald Philitoga intercepted the ball but PNG were unable to complete the set.
Tonga were quick to take advantage, cutting through a fractured PNG defensive line to claim the first try of the match but failed to convert.
PNG 0 v Tonga 4
The Kokomos kicked off and Tonga dropped the ball just 2o metres out. The Kokomos were in a prime position to capitalise but Aydhen Herd was pushed over the line just two tackles into the set and let an opportunity go begging.
The game continued to be a bit of a tussle. Both teams demonstrating flashes of brilliance only to succumb to unforced errors. This went on until Bodhi Banister put Jarone Han-Clunn into a hole and cut a swathe through the Tongan defence through to Ryan Oroge, however, in the subsequent play the ball on the line, the opposition reached through the ruck and stripped the ball. Unfortunately, the referee failed to award the appropriate penalty.
The Kokomos shook off the disappointment and before long Josh Paiyo, the recipient of a slick pass from Bodhi Banister, made light work of the opposition defence to score. Jaron Han-Clunn’s kick put the PNG u16 into the lead but this was momentary as Tonga added a converted try as they headed into half time.
PNG 6 v Tonga 10
Kokomos flubbed the kick off and handed possession back to Tonga and as they made there way towards the try line they were handed a gift by the referee in the form of a penalty kick. Tong were sure to make the most of the opportunity and the score was locked up at 6 a piece.
The penalty kick served as a wake up call for the Kokomos. They put their heads down and started to play some smart football. They upped the tempo and started to shift the ball. Aydhen Herd made a break and offloaded to Cruise Ten who scored. Aydhen converted the try he helped to set up.
PNG 12 v Tonga 10
This fired up the Kokomos, they kept up the fast paced attack. Paiyo made the first break offloading to Banister gaining all important metres. This made the way for another break with the ball shifting in quick succession from Cruise Ten, to Banister, on to Ashley Faulkner and Udom Wala and finally into the hands of Ryan Oroge who scored. Herd missed the conversion.
PNG 16 v Tonga 10
Cruise Ten ran a 6o metre individual effort to add to the Kokomos tally. Unfortunately PNG failed to convert a difficult kick from the sideline.
PNG 20 v Tonga 10
The Kokomos u16s had tamed Tonga in their quest for QPICC glory, and in doing so, earning their place in the u16s QPICC Semi Finals.
Kokomos U16s Bundle Out Tournament Favourites
The Kokomos U16s had done well to make the Semi Finals of the Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival but to earn their place in the Championship final they would first have to face, and overcome, the tournament favourites, the QLD Maoris. A tough ask in the scorching heat.
The QLD PNG team kicked off deep but the Maoris carved an easy path through the Kokomos defence to put the first points on the board with a converted try.
The Maoris continued to string together a series of attacking raids but the PNG defence held firm. Back in possession Martin Pascoe made an incredible break putting Kokomos within striking distance of the try line. Joshua Paiyo attempted to break through but fell just short. A quick play the ball had Ayden Herd putting PNGs first points on the board. Jarone Han-Clunn was unable to add the extras.
The score was now PNG 4 to Maoris 6.
PNG again attacked the Moari defence using the ball to outflank the Maoris. Udom Wala shifted the pass out to Ryan Orege who scored. Han-Clunn added the all important two points.
The score PNG 10 to Maoris 6.
Josh Paiyo cut through the Maori defense with a hard charging 30 metre run but a knock on a few plays later prevented the Kokomos from gaining any advantage from it.
The Maoris were determined to hit back when, just ten metres out from their own line, put through a kick. Aydhen Herd’s quick reflexes intercepted the kick and that sent him tearing down the field at a million miles an hour with the Maoris in hot pursuit. It was a brilliant, individual 100 metre effort from Herd to put the Kokomos in front. Han-Clunn added the extras.
PNG 16 – Maoris 6
The Maoris looked in position to hit back as they shifted the ball out to the wing only to knock the ball on. They recovered sufficiently to try again a few minutes later but when attempting to score a try they dove through the ruck and PNG were awarded a penalty relieve the pressure on PNG.
At half time the score was still PNG 16 to Maoris 6.
When the boys returned after half time the momentum was with the Maoris who landed a converted try early in the second half.
The score was PNG 16 to Maoris 12.
The Moaris kept charging but the PNG defence held until they eventually scored from a PNG error and a successful conversion saw the Maoris in the lead for the first time in the match.
PNG 16 – Maoris 18
This was a crucial point in the match where it really could have gone either way. The Maoris kept rolling on the attacking raids and the PNG defence held firm. The bigger Maori boys were starting to tire in the heat. The PNG boys pulled together as a team in response. The defensive efforts of Cruise Ten, Ben Kay, Trae O’Reilly, Yawinylan Manua and Ryan Oroge laid the platform for the final run on the Maoris.
It was Bodhi Banister who put his head down and forced his way over the line to put PNG back in front. Aydhen Herd added another two points.
PNG 22 – Maoris 18
Kokomos put the game beyond doubt with an awesome try from Jackson Burgess who’s elusive step, speed an agility made it difficult for the Moaris to prevent him from scoring. Aydhen Herd added the final points.
PNG had bundled out the tournament favourites in the semi final, beating them 28 points to Maoris 18 and earning a shot at the U16s QPICC title against Niue.
FULL MATCH REPORT – U16s Beat The Heat to Win 2017 QPICC Title
Kokomos U16s Beat the Heat to Win 2017 QPICC Title
PIC: Joshua Paiyo receives offload from Cruise Ten
Wow. This Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival Championship title win was one for the history books.
In previous years, the then much smaller PNG pack had been well and truly beaten. In fact, they hadn’t won a single game in the QPICC tournament. In the previous three years they had pitted themselves against the other, much bigger, packs from the Pacific Island nations, including the Maoris, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tokelau and the Australian Indigenous squads. But the boys, even back then, showed real fight following the QLD PNG creed of ‘never, ever, ever giving up’.
This year, the gap between the physical size of the QLD PNG Kokomos small, but mobile pack, had closed to a degree. However, the opposition from all the other island nations still had the wood on the Kokomos u16s in the size department.
There is no doubt that all the other island nations, including new entrant Niue, had taken a good look at the draw and had marked PNG down as an easy win in their ledger.
The QPICC Carnival weekend is a three day event. The U16s draw had them in the opening timeslot on the Friday night. The team had gotten off to a slow start allowing Samoa to put on a 16 – 0 lead over the Kokomos boys but the second half showed a more cohesive, more up tempo game and glimpses of some real team brilliance that resulted in tries by Josh Paiyo and Cruise Ten and they were able to bring the score back to a more respectable PNG 10 to Samoa 20.
FULL MATCH REPORT – U16s Open QPICC vs Samoa
The warm Friday night gave no indication of the high temperatures and relentless dry heat that sapped the energy of all teams over the next two days. As Saturday morning dawned, however, it was clear that the Kokomos boys would have to battle not just their classy opponents but the relentless heat in order to claim the QPICC title.
After the first round loss the boys had to win against Tonga in order to qualify for the semi-finals the following day. In the trial games, just weeks earlier, the Tongan boys had beaten the Kokomos 22-14, so they knew a win, though a tough ask, was possible if they pulled it all together. And pull it together they did.
Pic: Martin Pascoe and Ashley Faulkner pull off a try saving tackle.
The PNG Kokomos beat Tonga 20 to 10. The PNG U16s had earned a berth in the first semi-final against the tournament favourites, the QLD Maoris, the following day.
FULL MATCH REPORT – U16s Tame Tonga
The boys knew that the Maoris were going to be a real challenge and they rose to meet it. They pulled together to bundle the favourites out of the tournament. The 28-18 victory put PNG into the championship final. But a it was a physically tough encounter in extreme heat and it was obvious the boys had little left in the tank.
FULL MATCH REPORT – 16s Bundle Out Tournament Favourites
The final encounter, against Niue was going to be a gruelling encounter. It was just an hour later, in the middle of the day and the relentless heat showed no sign of abating, and the Nuiean team was chock full of state representative players.
PNG usually started most games slowly which often saw the opposition score early and left PNG scrambling to overcome their opponents. This time they got the drop early on Niue, courtesy of a brilliant try from Martin Pascoe. Jarone Han-Clunn made sure of the extras putting PNG in the lead 6 to nil.
Bustling runs from Cruise Ten, Winston Daki and Joshua Paiyo had the Kokomos back on the attack and put them in position to strike again. This time it was Aydhen Herd who put the points on the board, with Han-Clunn again adding the two points. The Kokomos were now 12 to nil over their Niuean opponents.
Bodhi Banister kicked the ball into the corner and Niue returned with a pacey run down the sideline but Kokomo’s Ashley Faulkner ran him down to pull off a try saving tackle. The next play again looked to be a certain Niue try when Martin Pascoe, pulled of a second try saving tackle and made sure to take his Niuean opponent over the sideline.
PNG took the ball back to within striking distance of the try line. In a last tackle play, Joshua Paiyo punched through the defence and offloaded to Cruise Ten but the Niuean defence held firm and were able to crack the PNG defence to score with the score now PNG 12 to Niue 6.
Pic: Cruise Ten, Trae O’Reilly, Aydhen Herd keep Niue from scoring.
Nuie scored again but were unable to convert. They had clawed their way back to within two points of PNG. The score 12 -10. The heat was really taking a toll on all the players, though neither team was prepared to give in. By half time PNG had conceded another try to Niue and the PNG side went into the break down by 4 points.
In the half time break the boys sought relief from the sun in what little shade was available while Coach, Matt Muir, implored the boys to stick to their game plan and dig deep.
In the second half, Winston Daki made an early break and this was followed up by PNG’s Udom Wala making a run down the sideline but was unfortunately taken out over the sideline.
Joshua Paiyo made another line-busting run and looked to have scored but the referee called it a knock on.
PNG took another hit when Niue scored again but were unable to convert. The score was now a somewhat worrying PNG 12 – Niue 20.
Matthew Korilio put PNG back in the game, creating a try from virtually nothing from 20 metres out, stepping and weaving his way through a sea of Niuean defenders to put another Kokomos try on the board. Aydhen Herd slotted the ball through the posts.
The score was now PNG 18 – Niue 20 and despite the heat it was game on.
Pic: Martin Pascoe on the attack.
The Kokomos boys pulled it together and dug deep. Niue’s game became prone to errors including dropping the ball cold.
PNG piled on the pressure and again put themselves within striking distance of the line and Bodhi Banister put through a grubber and Udom Wala outrun his opponents to score the championship winning try in corner. Aydhen Herd missed the kick. When the full time siren went some seconds later the score was PNG 22-20.
The U16s Best and Fairest, as voted by QLD PNG, was Joshua Paiyo, son of Kumul hooker, Elias Paiyo, who conceded his 22 year World Cup point scoring (1995 vs Tonga in Hull England, 12 points) record to Rhyse Martin, in the Kumuls 50-6 victory over Wales. The U16s Player of the Carnival, as voted by the referees, was Martin Pascoe, a rugby union player whose of first game of rugby league was, incredibly, the week before the QPICC carnival in a trial match against the Cook Islands.
The U16s Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival Championship win was an incredible victory for the Kokomos. A victory over their history, a victory over the heat, a victory for playing for each other as a PNG team and a victory for ‘never, ever, ever giving up’.
Co-Captains Cruise Ten and Joshua Paiyo, who was also voted Best & Fairest, with the
2017 QPICC Championship Trophy and QLD PNG President, Tom Adamson.
2017 U16s QPICC MVP – Martin Pascoe
U18s Mess with the Moaris
The u18s Kokomo’s side couldn’t have started their game against the Maoris any better. Some slick passing and a deft step saw the PNG boys score in the opening minutes of the match.
PNG 4 v Maori 0
The Maori’s hit back with a try down the line but missed the kick leaving the score at 4-all. The Moaris were quick to add the next try with a 70 metre solo effort that eluded the Kokomos defence.
PNG 4 v Maori 8
The two teams continue make significant inroads on the other team for the remainder of the half but neither team could land any punches on the other for the remainder of the first half.
The Maori team opened up the second half with several forays into the PNG territory and although they managed to get within centimetres of the line twice, some solid defence from the Kokomos repelled the attack raids.
PNG then intercepted a further attacking raid but the referee called it a knock on. PNG however, weren’t done. Bobby Tau scored for the Kokomos and again the scores were locked. This time at 8 a piece.
PNG 8 v Maori 8
The Kokomos fought through fatigue to keep the pressure on their opponents and the Moaris were on the back foot trying to keep the Kokomos at bay. Jayden Sharp looked to have scored but the referee ruled penalised them for play the ball infractions. The Maoris, aware the siren was about to go at any second were keen to garner the win but they were beaten by the final whistle.
Disappointed at being robbed of the win the Kokomos u18s had to settle for a draw.
U16s Open QPICC vs Samoa
QLD PNG have been steadily working towards QPICC for over the past few months and tonight, after the opening ceremony, the U16s QLD PNG team were the first team up to bat, playing QLD Samoa. Spectators were treated to the Samoan version of the Haka. The Siva Tau is a Samoan war dance performed in front of their competitors before a game.
PNG started the game with a solid set of six but the Samoans were quick to turn things around once in possession. Samoa looked set score but PNG’s defensive line held. Samoa tried again. This time they ran it down the sideline and Martin Pascoe, a rugby union player in just his second game of rugby league, pulled off an incredible try-saving tackle with the added bonus of taking the Samoan player over the side line.
Samoa, again applied pressure to PNG but this time managed to breach the PNG defence and scoring the first converted try of the match.
PNG 0 v Samoa 6
A great kick from PNG saw Samoa knock out just 20m out from the try line. PNG were unable to take advantage of the situation and a scrum saw the Samoan team regain possession. A great tackle by Josh Paiyo saw Samoa cough up the ball. A few balls later and Paiyo was punching holes in the Samoan defence. However, PNG were unable to turn these into points.
Back in possession, Samoa stepped it up a notch, and they were again looking to score when Martin Pascoe again pulled off a try saving tackle. On the back of the Pascoe’s efforts the PNG boys put together a well constructed set of six and looked set to put their first points on the board when a well read, though offside, intercept resulted in try for Samoa.
PNG 0 v Samoa 10
Samoa managed to add another converted try just as the referee signalled the end of the half. The half-time score:
PNG 0 v Samoa 16
The PNG team started the second half playing with a bit more cohesion and a more up tempo game but Samoa extended their lead with another try.
PNG 0 v Samoa 20
Samoa and PNG spent the next few minutes in a bit of a tight battle, neither side conceding in defence but both teams coughing up ball or pushing bad passes. PNG were next to score courtesy of a bustling try by Josh Paiyo. Jarone Han-Clunn added the much needed extras.
PNG 6 v Samoa 20
Samoa looked set to hit back but the solid PNG defence held firm and the sustained pressure saw Samoa drop the ball. Back in possession the PNG boys took it up to the Samoan 16s and Cruise Ten carved, weaved and pushed his way over the line for PNGs second try of the night.
The full time score PNG 10 v Samoa 20.
QPICC Carnival Draw is Out NOW!
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NOTE: CHANGE OF TRAINING VENUE
Note that due to many of the fields being covered in water due to yesterday’s deluge we keep having to look for new venues.
Tonight’s training will now be at Springwood Rugby League Club at Tallowood Park, Springwood.
The street address is 35-55 Rholanda Cres, Springwood.
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Last Week of Training Before QPICC
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TRAINING & TRIAL MATCH CANCELLED
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Ragtag Men’s Team Shows Real Heart
The QLD PNG Open Men’s side has had real difficulty fielding a full side over the past few weeks and this week was particularly difficult. So much so that 45 year old former Kumul, Elias Paiyo, relinquished his coaching duties to Lee Sharp, and pulled on the boots. Paiyo was joined by Jarome, Bruno and Sam Tau who all had not played in years.
The Cook Islanders were quick to rack up the points against a team made up of crack youngsters and a bunch of old blokes who had long hung up the boots. At half time the score was PNG 6 – Cook Is. 14. The six points were courtesy of an Alan White try from a break by Israel Talligatus. LJ Waddups added the two.
The Cook Islanders came back after the second half with another two quick tries, making the score PNG 10 – Cook Is 26. But the Kokomos were not about to give up.
LJ put Seb Samuels through a hole and made a massive break and was tackled on the line. A quick play the ball to LJ Waddups saw him add another 6 points to the scoreboard for PNG with a converted try. Taking the score to PNG 12 – Cook Is 26.
PNG kept the pressure on and Isreal Talligatus, an u18s player who stepped up to fill in for the Men’s Open team scored down the wing. It was a move started by the Kumul veteran, Paiyo, who passed it to Bobby Tau an on to Talligatus – a youngster with real speed to burn. The score now PNG 18 to Cook Islands 26.
Full time was fast approaching and the PNG boys refused to give in. They kept testing the Cook Island defence and eventually found it wanting. A break from the mecurial Alan White put them on the attack. An deft kick from Cameron Boga lead to a try by Brad Frith. LJ Waddups scored the much needed extra two points.
Just two points behind, the Kokomos stayed in the hunt for a win and were on the attack when the full-time whistle beat them.
Not a bad performance for a team that had not only not played together but hadn’t actually played in years! The heart and passion they displayed, is what QLD PNG Kokomos is all about. Never, ever, ever giving in or giving up.
Coach, Elias Paiyo, said that he was proud of their efforts. LJ Waddups took control of the team and successfully steered them around the paddock, and this was backed up with some brilliant individual plays from the younger players. Paiyo was impressed that they stood tall in a team that really was under the pump from the start.
“You can’t be anything but proud,” he said.
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