by Tere Alex – EM TV, Port Moresby
The level of competition Garry Lo will be competing against in England is lower than those of the Intrust Super Cup and NRL but the young, vibrant gun is up for it and has already committed himself.
Garry Lo came from a broken home, sometimes seen as the breadwinner in the family.
Lo resorted to rugby league in his early years at Hagen Park Secondary School, looking to make enough money to look after his mother and siblings.
The SP PNG Hunters sensation was a crowd thriller both on and off the field in the Hunters’ inaugural season of the Intrust Super Cup. The man behind the move, PNG rugby league great Stanley Gene, stood firm on his decision to take the players to England.
Gene, who left for England today, said the team of seven players, the first four including Jason Tali, Charlie Wabo, Mark Mexico and Garry Lo will depart on the 7th of November to join him after their bio test on the 6th December.
Meanwhile, Sport Minister Justin Tkatchenko is disappointed with Gene and says he is not following the right procedure. “He should have consulted the PNGRFL board before picking players [from] the SP PNG Hunters,” he said.
Minister Tkatchenko described the idea as premature without the consideration of other options. The money incentive is not an option, he said.