The u16s Kokomos took the field and watched, with spectators, the Tongan boys perform their cultural equivalent of the Haka.
The wind had picked up since the earlier, u14s match as the Kokomos boys kicked of their second trial match in their campaign to claim the 2017 QPICC Carnival u16s title under the guidance of Senior Coach, Matt Muir.
PNG were quick to make their mark on the game with Edward Bolan putting PNG in front with an early try. Unfortunately PNG were unable to convert. PNG 4 – Tonga 0.
PNG looked to do it again, with half, Bodhi Banister, offloading to Josh Paiyo who bustled through the Tongan defence to put them with 5m of the Tongan try line. However, a Tongan intercept put an end to the PNG attacking raid.
Tonga returned serve putting the pressure on the Kokomos boys and the boys withstood the initial threat with some brilliant defense but eventually succumbed with Hunter Rundmann putting Tonga’s first points on the board. A successful conversion putting Tonga in the lead. PNG 4 – Tonga 6.
Another Tongan try before the siren put the half time score at PNG 4 – Tonga 12.
PNG made an early break in the second half and Cruise Ten capitalised on the opportunity scoring but again PNG were unable to add the extras. PNG 8 – Tonga 12.
The battle continued with Tonga hitting back and extending their lead to 8 points over their PNG opponents. This was further extended with another converted try to Tonga making the score PNG 8 – Tonga 22.
The PNG boys refused to give up without a fight and Kokomos’ Cruise Ten’s individual try combined with Jarone Clunn’s 2 points, made the final score PNG 14 – Tonga 22.
The Kokomos boys showed flashes of brilliance and as they continue to work their combinations, and become more confident in the team mates around them, I am sure that they will obtain the dominance they seek.
Senior Coach, Neville Chang, would have been very proud of his u14s QLD PNGs efforts against Tokoua Tonga. This was the u14 boys first trial game for the 2017 QPICC season. The Tongan boys huddled and performed their cultural war cry, called the Kailao, the Tongan equivalent of the haka, then the game kicked off on a windy and overcast day at Bill Norris Oval, Beenleigh.
Tele Leota from opened the proceedings with the first four points going to Tonga. It was a controversial try given the Tongan boys had 14 on the field at the time.
As the first half progressed the Tongan boys kept the PNG team in their own half but the PNG boys defense held despite the pressure. The Kokomos boys were persistent and that persistence paid off when No. 3 made a much needed break resulting in a gain of 40m. A subsequent penalty against Tonga for a head high tackle resulted in the Kokomos putting their first points on the board courtesy of Saxon Warwick. Unfortunately PNG were unable to add the extras and the scores were locked up at 4 all at half time.
The second half opened with PNG on the attack. William Boland put the Kokomos in the lead with a try. The kick was unsuccessful, PNG were now in front 8 points to Tonga’s 4.
Tonga’s response was to step it up a gear and scored three quick tries to turn the result around. Eventually winning the match 20 points to 8 at full time. However, the last try scored by Tonga, was another controversial one as they again had 14 on the field.
Despite the two questionable tries from Tonga, the Kokomos boys showed real courage in defense throughout the match. They held together as a team and refused to give up under pressure. They should be very proud of their efforts and I, for one, am looking forward to watching them as they stake their claim on the QPICC u14s title.
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PLAYERS NOTE: UNDER 18s KICK OFF TIMES HAS CHANGED TO 1:30pm.
This weekend we have a trial matches for U14s, U16s and U18s QLD PNG Rugby League teams pitting themselves against Tokoua Tonga.
Macke sure you make your way to Bill Norris Oval, Beenleigh to cheer on QLD PNG against their Tongan counterparts!
PLEASE NOTE: Both the MEN’S Open and WOMEN’S GAMES – HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
PNG Hunters v Penrith Panthers
Intrust Super Championship – Live
PNG Hunters get the chance to put the 1s points on the board after @PenrithPanthers conceded the penalty. Ase Boas’ magic boot adds the 2!
@PenrithPanthers Tony Satini Scores. Darren Nicholls hits the post.
PNG 2 – PEN 2.
@PenrithPanthers Tony Setini Scores his second in a virtual repeat just a minute later. PEN 10- PNG 2
Tony Satini gets a hat trick in just 16 mins against the PNG Hunters
Panthers captain, Nicholls makes it 16 v PNG 2.
Nicholl’s takes advantage of a lazy PNG Hunters defence and converts his own try. PEN 22 v PNG 2
Putt came close to scoring for PNG but resulted in a scrum 10m out with a PNG feed. NRL PEN 22 v PNG 2
Panthers put thru a kick on the last but fullback Stargroth Amean had it covered.
Penrith 26 v PNG 2. KTC.10 mins to play in the first half. #PEN from 3m out are too strong and cross for another try.
PEN 28 v PNG 2
Adex Wera has a #PNG try disallowed after the Bunker calls that the ball came off his hands.
Panthers add another converted try before halftime courtesy of Nicholls. PEN 34 v PNG 2
Half Time Commentary: #PNGHunters need to switch on that attacking flair we’ve come to know & love.
Attacking wise the #PNGHunters are more than capable of turning on the magic to turn this game around
Defensively, the #PNGHunters need to square up in numbers & increase their defensive line speed.
They need to commit to the defence as a team and work together to hold out the Panthers attack.
Second half has Kicked Off! Let’s get this done PNG! You can do this!
#PNGHunters Captain, Ase Boas, puts himself between the ball & the ground to prevent a Penrith try.
Butler Morris drops the ball cold 10m out putting #PNGHunters under pressure.
Panthers capitalise adding another try to their tally. Nicholls misses the kick.
#NRL #IntrustSuperChamps #PEN 42 v #PNG 2
Luai gets 10 in the bin for a professional foul putting Panthers a man down & Adex Wera crosses for the PNG Hunters first 4 pointer.
Wera makes a break & puts #PNGHunters 5m out. Abavu puts their 2nd try on the board. #PNG 12 v #PEN 42 #NRLv12
Ase Boas TRY and conversion! #PNGHunters #PNG 18 v #PEN 42
FULL TIME SCORE PNG 18 v PEN 42.
The under 16s from the QLD PNG Kokomos & QLD Niue kicked off their trial match at 12:3o on a hot and dry, 30 degree, Gold Coast Saturday and the game looked to be as hot as the ambient temperature. It was agreed by both teams that instead of playing a match of two halves that they switch to 4 x 15 minute quarters so the players could stay hydrated in the heat.
After playing the National Anthems for the visiting Niue team and for PNG, the spectators were treated to the Niue equivalent of the Haka. The cultural element being a key feature of the Queensland Pacific Island Cultural Carnival (QPICC) tradition.
Niue opened the encounter with a deft try by Frazier Ginn. They failed to add the extras. The score Nuie 4 – PNG 0.
Jayden Sharp busted through the Nuie defence, the big 40m run setting up a second play with a break by Joshua Paiyo and quick pass by Ben Kay which resulted in a try by PNG’s Cruise Ten. Jarone Clunn added another two points to give PNG the lead 6 – 4
PNG kept the pressure on with a pinpoint kick from Cruise Ten from the centre of the field 20 metres out and into the corner. The try was beautifully caught and Ashley Faulkner scored for PNG. Jarone Clunn missed the kick. PNG extended their lead 10 -4 over Niue.
Just before the end of the first quarter Niue scored another converted try. They went into the break at the end of the first quarter at 10 all.
PNG’s, Jayden Sharp, bustled over the line, in the opening minutes of the second quarter but the referee disallowed it claiming he dropped the ball over the line.
Cruise Ten put through another beautiful kick which saw George Hill score. Clunn failed to convert. PNG 14 – Niue 10.
This was followed by another PNG try. This time it was Jarone Clunn who also converted his own try. This put PNG into a 10 point lead. PNG 20 – Niue 10.
Niue’s Vana Finau, scored off a break by Nuie’s flyer, Tesi Niu who passed it to Finau to score. Unfortunately, they were unable to convert.
The Half Time Score: PNG 20 – Niue 14.
They say many games are won or lost in the third quarter and this game is was no different. Niue lifted a gear, and began to pressure the PNG defence. After a couple of failed attempts early in the third, Niue scored courtesy of Tesi Niu. The converted try made it 20 all. It was anyone’s game.
The unrelenting heat and niggling injuries were beginning to take its toll on the PNG boys and Nuie capitalised on it by scoring a converted try leading into the final quarter. The score Niue 26 – PNG 20.
Unfortunately the PNG boys were unable pull it together sufficiently to withstand the sustained pressure from the Nuie boys, who scored three quick tries in succession. The final score Niue 42 – PNG 20.
The Kokomos boys looked the goods early in the game and really had it in them to win. The heat became a factor for both teams late in the game and it really could have gone either way.
The countdown to the 2017 QPICC Carnival has begun. In preparation for their campaign to secure their QPICC titles the Kokomos u16 boys and Women’s teams played trial matches against QPICC newcomers, QLD Niue. The trial match was conducted in scorching heat at Bill Norris Oval in Beenleigh on Saturday, 30th September, 2017
The Women’s team had a mix of players returning from last year’s inaugural team and new players of varying experience. What our girls gave away in height and weight was certainly made up for in passion, heart and determination.
The opening try came from Esme Hiri who made a break from forty metres out. A neat step had the Niue girls beaten and Hiri looked to put the ball down under the post but unselfishly passed the ball to team mate, Shentia Chow, who scored the try.
Hiri kicked the two points to put the Kokomos in front 6-0.
The Niue girls made it clear that this was going to be a real contest by hitting back minutes later with a try by Sianequa Knight but missed the kick. At the end of the first quarter the PNG girls were in front 6-4.
A minute into the second half and Esme Hiri extended the Kokomos lead with an individual runaway try and successful conversion. This allowed the PNG to extend their lead to 12-4.
Sianequa Knight went over for her second try of the day just before half time adding another four points to their tally. The PNG girls went into the half time break with a four point lead over their Niue counterparts. The score PNG 12 – Niue 8.
The newcomers were keen to secure their first victory in the first game and came into the third quarter running hard and fast and looked to add another try to their tally when Niue’s Salaima Frost unfortunately dislocated her knee and was taken from the field.
The PNG women maintained their momentum and Emma Fuller scored out on the wing. Hiri’s kick was unsuccessful. PNG’s lead was now 16 to Niue’s 8.
Niue refused to concede defeat and doubled-down on their efforts. They consistently pressured the PNG defensive line and were rewarded for their efforts with at try but failed to convert. The score PNG 16 – Niue 12.
With success in their sights the Niue girls continued to probe the Kokomos defensive line looking for a gap. The crowd were on their feet cheering in the last stanza as the PNG girls, many whom were playing for the Kokomos for the first time, dug deep, pulled together and repelled the continued attack from Niue.
The PNG Kokomos Women’s team were rewarded for their incredible defensive efforts with a 16-12 win over Niue.
Their first outing for the 2017 looks very promising. It will be interesting to see how the Women’s team progresses over the next month as they work with Senior Coach, Ricky Pon.
You can’t beat the PNG attitude of ‘it takes a village’ and that applies both in PNG and amongst the PNG Rugby League families in Australia.
The Inaugural Kokomos Nines Champions (2014), Owan Titans, made the trip down from Goroka in an attempt to reclaim their title and were hosted by brothers Andrew, Jimmy and Charlie Maino and Freda.
The Titans boys were especially impressed with Andrew’s wife, Tina’s divine chicken curry!
They would also like to thank Chris Rehder for helping them out on the day.
Kokomos President, Tom Adamson, said it was a pleasure having the boys here and I sincerely hope that they make the trip back next year.
“They are a great bunch of boys and good work by organiser, Martin Joffey, in getting them down here,” said Adamson.
Martin is also the National Mens Touch Football coach for PNG. He and the rest of the Owan Titans boys return to PNG today.
On Friday night, Brisbane Second Division nominees, along with family, friends, sponsors and guests, gathered at Souths Sporting Club, Acacia Ridge for the 36th Awards Presentation night.
Among the Awards presented was the 2017 Volunteer of the Second Division 2017 Player of the Year Award. It was presented to someone all Kokomos fans would be very familiar with, Kokomos President, Tom Adamson, this time for the Logan Wanderers, won the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award.
It is fantastic Uncle Tom (as he is better known) has had his endless enthusiasm, drive and commitment to the game acknowledged and rewarded. Among his many, many achievements are founding, establishing the Logan Wanderers and QLD PNG Rugby League.
Congratulations Tom on being Named 2017 Volunteer of the Year!
Second half here we go!