PNG Name Women's Sevens team for Australian National Championship
After undergoing extensive training since early in the New Year the following girls will represent PNG Women’s Rugby at the ARU Women’s Sevens Championship in Sydney starting April 14th. All the girls are looking forward to competing in Sydney in what has developed into a first class competition. Captain of the Women’s team, Patricia Torea said ‘ all the girls are excited about going to Sydney and testing ourselves against the girls from Australia and we are very happy to have been invited to this tournament’.
1. Patricia Torea ©
2. Kymlie Rapilla
3. Jemima Meraudje
4. Dulcie Bomai
5. Margaret Naua
6. Joanne Lagona
7. Catherine Rambu
8. Pauline Arazi
9. Jillian Yallon
10. Cathy Keso
11. Naomi John
12. Yarowina Morofa
PNG Rugby Women’s Coach, John Larry said the ‘squad has been working hard over the previous months in preparation for the tournament and are all excited by the opportunity to test themselves against other quality teams.’ The majority of the squad enjoyed success in 2011 at the Asia-Pacific Cup and Pacific Games and are very keen to build on those successes.
‘PNGRFU want to grow the women’s game and with Sevens rugby now a recognised Olympic sport it provides further opportunities for our aspiring women athletes to represent PNG on the world stage’ said PNGRFU General Manager, Simon Kerr.
He added that the women’s game has enormous potential in PNG due to its fast and entertaining format and is encouraging other local unions to look at ways to develop and grow the game.
PNG Rugby would like to thank the ARU for the invitation to participate in the tournament and hopes these opportunities will continue into the future.
The Australian Rugby Union’s inaugural National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championship will run from Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 April in Sydney.