HELA Wigmen coach in absentia, Stanley Hondina, said he was proud that the side he had a hand in developing had made the Digicel Cup grand final in their second season.
Hondina, who has been working in Sydney, Australia, since the beginning of the year, said he had been fortunate to work with Kumuls coach Adrian Lam, pictured and had gained him a fresh perspective on coaching the game.
During several visits to Papua New Guinea, Hondina said he had tried to incorporate the professional approach he had been introduced to in Australia.
The former Prime Minister’s XIII five-eighth and inter-city championship-winning player said those structures had been the foundation of the Wigmen’s success. Hondina completed his level one accreditation as an International Games Coach (IGC) with the South Sydney Rabbitohs club and will complete level two over the coming months.
“I was lucky to get a chance to work with Adrian at his club – the Clovelly Crocs – which is part of the Sydney Roosters development programme. I got to coach one of the junior teams while Adrian coached another side,” Hondina said.
Lam and Hondina have developed 14 juniors who have gone on to represent the Sydney City Rooters Under-16s in the Harold Mathews competition. “I know there are not enough qualified or accredited coaches in PNG. That is why part of the Team Kumuls programme is to train PNG coaches to equip them and get accreditation,” Hondina said.
Lam said that Hondina’s experience with coaching in Australia would place him in a good position when he returned to PNG and he was sure the Wigmen would benefit from it.
“Stanley has a great understanding of rugby league, both on and off the field, as a player and administrator. He has a great composure and a deep tactical and technical mind, which is great asset for is Hela Wigmen and rugby league in PNG,” Lam said.
Lam said regardless Sunday’s result in the Digicel Cup final, the Wigmen were in good hands and would continue to develop and be successful.
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36