I AM disgusted with comments made by former league administrators, fans and mainstream media regarding the performance of our Kumuls in the 2013 World Cup.
I believe those who came out guns blazing calling for Adrian Lam and Mal Meninga’s head, have some hidden agendas or grudges against them .
What do these hooligans know about playing in one of the toughest competition in the world?
We all have to be honest and be true to our self that our level of competition and standard in the Digivel Cup is not up to par with those of National Rugby League, Super League and even the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition.
Even though rugby is our national sport, that does not mean our expectation should be high and that we should be the best at it at all times at all costs.
Have a look at our neighbouring Pacific Island brothers who have fared well in the 2013 World Cup.
Most of these players if not all are involved in the NRL, Super League or the QLD and NSW state competition.
To them, rugby has become their profession in which they are being paid handsomely and provided with the best training facilities and programmes at an early age to develop their skills and knowledge.
We have the natural skills and ability to perform but to enhance those special skills and to apply them we would need quality training facilities and programmes like the five-year high performance training camp which is currently run by Meninga and Lam.
Remember, changes do not occur overnight, it takes time, effort and resources to make these changes happen.
I urge the fans to be patient and let Mal and his team prove themselves in the next four years with what they have in their plan for our development and if it delivers result or not, then we can make our judgments accordingly.
It is unfair to judge them at this stage as they have just begun implementing their programmes.
A zana Riyong
By Patrick Seery(Australia):
As a white Aussie born in Rabaul , PNG . It saddens me that the Kumuls have been knocked out of the world cup . But considering the competition , especially NZ , the PNG boys and people should be proud of the effort made and rugby league standards can only improve . We could have beaten France and that would have seen a far different outcome for the team . I hope one day soon PNG get a team in the Qld Cup based in Port Moresby and as its your national sport and your people are probably the most fanatical supporters in the world of RL , things can slowly get better for PNG .You just need more money for the infrastructure , hopefully from Australia and NZ . There is a lot of talent in PNG and i hope one day your nation will be in the top 4 or 3 teams in the world . Dont be too disappointed , many other teams will miss out on playing in the quarter finals and after all their can only be one winner . The Kumuls gave it their best , thats all we can ask of them . Love you PNG !! Peace !!
OVER the past couple of days, there have been too much criticism in the print and social media after the poor performance by the PM’s XIII team against the Australians in Kokopo last Sunday (Sept 29).
What we should all be concentrating on now is to wish our players and the management well in the upcoming World Cup.
Most of the players in this year’s team were part of the 2008 RLWC team and the 2010 Four-Nations team and have the experience to see PNG through to the quarter-finals.
The team has some of the best talents in the world rugby league.
Coupled with the skills and talents of our local boys being sharpened by rugby league legend in Mal Meninga through the various coaching camps, I say the PNG Kumuls will make through to the quarter-finals.
Because I believe that what or whoever is appointed team sectors and coach will want to give his best to the team. Whether it’s Lam, Marum, Wagambi, Dr Naipao, Gene etc. these individuals were all terrific players and they will surely be terrific coaches.
But one thing that is lacking will be the spirit of Papua New Guineans patriotic support.
Therefore, I appeal to every Papua New Guineans to get behind the Kumuls teams that will be announced soon.
We love you guys.
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