By JOE GURINA
FORMER PNG striker Tommy Semmy was acknowledged with the golden boot award for his breathtaking performance in the National Premier League grand final at the PNG Football Stadium last Saturday.
Semmy’s efforts in scoring a hat-trick in the grand final against Papaka saw him easily taking the gong.
The former PNG Kapul striker’s contribution on the field helped his Hekari side beat Papaka 4-0.
His second goal was from the 18th yard that shook the net and got the crowd in silence. But that is his usual trade mark when he gets a clear shot from that distance.
Asked how he felt when he shook the net from that distance, the 26-year- old Morobean said: “I knew I would get the net with accuracy as this is not my first time to shoot from that distance.
“I did not have much pressure playing today in the grand finale. I was just playing my normal football. “We did not under estimate our opponents. “They gave us a good challenge and I thank them for putting up a good game against us when having them all raw materials from the block.”
Semmy unleashed that playing alongside PNG’s greatest playmaker David Muta is one of a life time opportunity for him.
“I have learned a lot from Muta after playing with him for several years. When I play alongside Muta, I always make sure to catch up with him. He is a player that reads and controls the game and every time he is with the ball, I make sure I am in a position for him to drive the ball to me.”
“And not only that, when I am with the ball, I always make sure to pass the ball to him to allow him do his mathematics on the distribution.”
He thanked the sponsors of the NPL especially MRDC who have come on board heavily to make the season a success.
Semmy walked away K5000 richer on Saturday night after the presentation.