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.