There is very limited interest in cricket in the Highlands region, because the majority of the people there are deeply infused with rugby league.
But for Joseph Pokop, he was born into cricket, and loves the game so much; he wants to see it developed in the region.
The 19 year old Western Highlander, raised a few eyebrows at the recent Air Niugini National Regional Championships.
His natural flair on the field and with the bat for Team Highlands/Madang at the recent Air Niugini National Provincial Championships, didn’t go unnoticed.
Joseph Pokop has been able to change a few minds about cricket, and has been encouraging more Highlanders, to take up the sport of cricket.
Eagle Fox as they were known during the championships, turned a few heads during the tournament, as they claimed the big-named scalps of eventual champions, Morobe and the young CPNG Colts side.
Joseph took the bat in style, although he didn’t light up the tournament with massive sixes. He did, however, make up for it with his energy, spurring on the rest of his team mates, to record two victories, while setting a high standard of play on the field.
He claimed the ‘Best Fieldsman of the tournament Award’ for his outstanding fielding over the four day tournament.
Joseph is a sports lover, and as a typical highlander, grew up loving the game of rugby league. Eventually, he found more sports to enjoy in Aussie Rules, and even tried the sport of kickboxing.
However, amongst the hype of being inundated in a rugby league mad town, he was able to find his new found love for the sport of cricket.
Joseph’s ultimate dream is to one day pull on a PNG Barramundi’s jersey, and represent his country of birth.
He has completed Grade 10, and is currently spending some time with the NCD School Kriket team in Port Moresby.
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