Caption: SP PNG Hunters Player of the year Ase Boas
By FIDELIS SUKINA
BEING Player of the Year, says a lot for an individual effort in a team sport, SP PNG Hunters number 6 Ase Boas received that title last week Saturday at the Hunters awards night.
Boas was the highlight of the night, and was among a great bunch of players who pulled their weight and moved mountains to bring a successful year into fusion.
He had not expected to get the title for player of the year because of the amazing pool of talent in the Hunters team, which he mentioned in his speech.
“I didn’t expect to get this award, its not a mistake we are all here playing for the Hunters, we are all here for a purpose, it’s a way we give back to the country and the program is a pathway for the young talent in the country,” Boas said.
He added that being a senior player in the team its more of a action speaks louder than words, where he helps the younger players in giving advice.
“I have been one of the senior players playing in Digicel Cup and being a part of the Kumuls I feel I have a senior role to play what ever I have learned I try to help out in giving good advice to the boys what to do and what not to do, not really talking but in actions,” Boas said.
With his award he had two major recollections, which he recalled were his best moments on home soil at the National Football Stadium, where he had a hand in the come from behind victories at the stadium.
“I have two memorable moments this year in the Hunters team; one is the field goal against the Blackhawks just seconds into fulltime and we won, and the last one is the penalty goal against the Ipswitch Jets, I was missing the goals but just towards fulltime I put in the penalty conversion that sealed the victory,” Boas said
He said the position of number 6, in the team was big shoes to fill from the previous captain, and it was hard to play in a position he had not played in, in the past, but he said Hunters coach Michael Marum had the faith in him and he took the opportunity to play five-eight with open arms
“It’s big shoes to fill after the departure of former captain Israel Eliab, I wasn’t playing in the number six for a while in my career in the Digicel Cup, but I took the chance with open arms I had to grab it when the coach gave me the opportunity and I try to be consistent with it it’s a new role but I have to give my best week in week out to keep playing in this position,” Boas said
He said that discipline and doing the little things right was the way forward to be a great rugby league player.
“My message to up and coming players would be to keep doing the little things right and try to be more disciplined, it takes time and years to be at this sort of level and takes commitment and patience,” the 26-year-old said.