The National - Thursday, February 24, 2011
THE PNG women’s basketball team, who were the bronze medallist of the 2007 Samoa Pacific Games have announced their train-on squad for the Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, this year.
Among the senior squad members, some junior players have also been in training preparing them for the junior championship next year and also for the 2015 South Pacific Games here in Port Moresby.
Current women’s coach Veitu Diro said the final team will be announced after a trial match run next month and from the many, only 20 players will go into intensive training before the final 15 is announced.
Diro also confirmed the Port Moresby-based players have been in training since November last year.
The team went for the Christmas break and have resumed training.
The train-on squad members are: Ronnie Pomat, Julian Diro, Marca Muri, Nape Waka, Mary Junior Elavo, Peggy, Dianne Narua, Jenny Mararoa, Karo Lelai, Symona Gesa, Nani Nao, Dories Wingi and Agness. Louisa Wallace, Jenny Magatu and Martha Bonga are Lae based train on squad whileVeronica Ole, Richande Idau, Opa Eko and sisters Richande, Idau and Agnes Travertz are junior players slotted into the squad.
Other interested centres were urged to call the Basketball Federation of PNG to express interest and submit names of potential players in both divisions.
Diro said the Port Moresby-based players trains six times a week and rests on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the national men’s squad announced last week are: James Ipasi, Sibona Kala, Donald Kala, Lei Banduru, Richard Arava, Kelly Nana, Eke Kendi, Garo Nana, Keith Raumo, Veuga Taviri, Jordan Mea, Cairo Peruka, Trevor Hane, Watson Mea, Emmanuel Parapa, Tau Gure, James Temu, Noel Biga, Nemani Mea, Charlie Pekaea, Vele Rupa, Blan Tony, Gali Tau, Hekwa Hekwa, Michael Nao, Dia Muri, Slieve Mohu, Peter Davani, Xavier W, Purari Muri, Jessie Boino, Wally Parapa and Tonny Haro. The Lae based train on squad are Wayne Aaron, Percy Aaron, Junior Oscar, Michael Kramer, Richard Sova (NS Busu, Lae), Mika Loko, Jonathan Orme (Unitech Bulls), Peter Buala, Joel Giali and Russell Stafford (Butibam). The females that have been added to the squad are Louise Wallace, Martha Bonga and Jenny Magatu.
BFPNG executives can be contacted on p) (+675) 321 7143 and ask for Chey Scovell for further information.