By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV, Buka
Bougainville’s homegrown Black Orchids are mourning the death of one of their best player, the late Ian Tenevi.
The late Tenevi was one of Black Orchid’s founding players, playing with pride “we love our island rugby” style.
Coach, Kelly Havara, described him as a role model in rugby union. Mr Havara recalls in 2007, the late Ian was flown to Port Moresby from Madang, to join his Black Orchid team for the National Championship.
A great chapter in the development of rugby union has ended after a vehicle accident claimed his life on Monday, along the John Teosin Highway in Buka.
Havara said that the late Ian was not only a star but also a clown, who always entertained and put smiles on players and supporters faces.
His involvement in the formation of Black Orchid team and Pacific In Union schools program in Bougainville will be cherished.
Tenevi was known by his island rugby styles, whilst schooling at Madang Technical College. He played with Divine Word University Ezi Cruzers.
Condolences flooded on social media, by former Divine Word University students.
He was well known in Madang, sinking anyone running into him and a fearless ball runner.