This year’s PNG Oil Search Orchids team is the best, says head coach Bagelo Solien.
The 2019 Pacific Games silver medal winning coach said he is confident with the group of girls in the team and he is confident that they will go down to Sydney not to just make numbers in this inaugural women’s 9s rugby league World tournament but will go there to get the results they want.
“This is the best PNG Orchid team we have to represent our country and at this stage our aim is to go there not just to make numbers but to get the results,” Solien said.
Solien said after the team got their tests during the week, all the girls in the camp passed their respective tests and it’s a positive sign for the team.
Solien said coming off Brisbane Broncos game, they have measured themselves and are confident to do well.
“We are not going to hold back. We are going there to give everything we got and like I said, we are not going there to make numbers but we are going there to get results,” Solien said.
Solien, speaking to the media for the first time during the week, said there were 16 players named in the side however only 15 players are currently in camp.
Solien confirmed also that six new debutants have made the team while the rest are from the 2019 Pacific Games silver medal winning team.
“I am very happy with the girls we have in the Orchid team. Most of them have passed their tests and the good thing is that we’ve maintained bulk of them from the silver medal winning team and this can really boost the team for the tournament,” the Orchids coach said.
Meanwhile, the Orchids coach Solien confirmed that he had made one change to the side. Southern Confederation player Gloria Kaupa is being brought into the side to replace Shae-Yvonne Dela Cruz who plays for East Tigers in Brisbane but decided to join the rugby union sevens squad.
Solien confirmed also that one more player that will join the rest of team in Sydney is Lekiellia Brown who plays for Wentworthville Magpies in New South Wales, Australia.
Only four nations Australia, New Zealand, England and PNG will be taking part in the World Cup Nines women’s tournament.
The Orchid team that flies out tomorrow (Monday) Sydney is
- Elsie Albert – UNRE Cowgirls – NGI
- Catherine Anjo – Hohola Flies – Southern
3. Heather Ario – Gabutu Dragons – Southern
4. Gloria Kaupa – Southern
5. Carol Francis – Gabutu Dragons – Southern
6. Shirley Joe – Eriku Panthers – Northern
7. Janet Johns – Hanuabada Hawks – Southern
8. Roswita Kapo – Paga Panthers – Southern
9. Sera Koroi – Goodna Eagles – Qld
10. Ua Ravu – Leeton Greens – NSW
11. Jacobeth Wake – Royas Ramu League – Northern
12. Joyce Waula – Blackswan Royals – Southern
13. Veronica Waula – Royals Rugby League – Southern
14. Angelo Watego – Capalaba Warriors – Qld
15. Josephine Wong – Nightcliff Dragons – Darwin, NT