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!
Check out the draw for the 2017 Kokomos Nines Carnival to be held the 23rd September, 2017 at Bill Norris Oval, Beenleigh.
We have ten Men’s Opens teams vying for an $8,000 (AUD) prize pool and the right to be called 2017 Kokomos Nines Champions.
This Nines Carnival has grown from a means to showcase PNG Rugby League talent in order to select players to represent QLD PNG at the annual QPICC Carnival, to a full-blown carnival in its own right.
Don’t miss the hard, fast and flamboyant rugby league nines action this weekend!
Hey family and friends
Five of our very talented Qld PNG Maganis Touch Football Members have been selected for the PNG WORLD CUP TEAM. They are:
Tahnee De La Cruz
Gemma Walker &
We are having a fundraiser to help them get back to PNG for squad training in 3 weeks so they can be eligible for WORLD CUP 2019 in Kuala Lumpar. So……..
They need to each sell 40 tickets @ $20 each. To cover their airfares & food.
????RAFFLE TIME ????
$20 a ticket
?1st- $500 Coles/Myer Gift Card
?2nd- Alcohol Hamper (8 straight/hot bottles)
Please help out if you can we greatly appreciate your support ??
Drawn on 23rd September 2017
Bank details are:
Kokomos Rep player, Jarone Han-Clunn, celebrated his 100th game for Springwood Tigers on the weekend. This is an amazing achievement for a player who is just 16 years old.
Jarone and his team mates at the Tigers also won the U16s 2017 Minor Premiership. Congratulations to you all on this amazing achievement.
We look forward to watching Jarone Han-Clunn carve up for the Kokomos U16s side in the upcoming QPICC carnival representing his PNG cultural heritage.
Congratulations from everyone at QLD PNG Rugby League on your fine achievement!