by Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The Puma Energy Pukpuk Sevens squad released and announced yesterday for the Pacific Games, has seen several new inclusions to the national team.
The team is a gel of overseas and provincial-based players, who have little to no experience, playing at Pacific Games level.
Assistant coach, Douglas Guise, has said while gold can be achieved at the Games, the team’s primary focus in the remaining months will be on setting the off-field processes straight, and ensuring they are followed.
The expertise of the three overseas based players, Jordan Tkatchenko, William and Timothy Rew from New Zealand, should spark a new flame with the team, on their pursuit to gold at the Pacific Games.
While much of the team have yet to experience the level of competition in the Pacific Games, the more experienced bunch, along the likes of David Eri, Buttler Morris, Wesley Vali, and Dondon Kais will surely lead the team in the right direction.
Guise has seen the potential within the team to achieve outcomes and exceed expectations, as seen in their most recent campaign in Hong Kong.
What they have lacked in previous years is the processes and operations in place, which have affected the teams on-field performance.
Now, with the full 26-man squad in Port Moresby, a training camp will be facilitated at the IPA institute leading up to July.