By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Following a massive turn out last weekend at the Port Moresby International School, the PNG Palais list has been extended with potential national representatives, making the train on squad.
From 82 girls, the list has been slimmed down to 28 girls, while nine have been selected through the under 16’s talent identification squad.
Amelia Kuk, Cassandra Sampson, Menda Ipat, Dulcie Bomai and a number of other senior players were no surprises to this selection.
Kymlie Rapilla also made a comeback impressing head coach, Elenoa Kunatuba, after an ankle injury earlier in the year.
While this offers a variety, and a wider player base than before, it also poses a threat to the Palais performance next year, as the reshuffling of player’s causes instability within the team.
Nonetheless, with a massive year ahead for rugby union in 2015, the Palais are expecting to oversee a number of challenges faced in the past, and recite some of the victory from 2014.
The Palais have been successul all year long, from showing improvement at the Oceania 7s in Noosa, to taking out the cup at the Gold Coast National 7s and Coral Coast 7s in Fiji.
Palais train on squad: Debbie Kaore, Freda Waula, Cathy Neap, Menda Ipat, Dulcie Bomai, Carol John, Alice Alois, Lynette Kwarula, Robyn Ravu, Kymlie Rapilla, Augusta Livuana, Yarowena Morofa, Angela, Joanne Lagona, Cassandra Sampson, Patricia Harricknen, Naomi Alapi, Natasha Nicholls, Joan Piel, Rosalina Constantinou, Heather Ario, Mary Bahu,Paula Aihi,Mavis Mitaharo, Geua Larry, Trisilla Rema, Amelia Kuk, Elizabeth Nagi