Last week’s announcement of the Kumuls brought a positive mood to many Papua New Guineans. As expected, social media was abuzz and generally most users praised the selectors for a job well done. Obviously, there were the usual disappointments which is expected.
One notable omission from the team was Rabbitohs Alex Johnston but it was later revealed that he was not selected due to injury.
We too here at Skerah were pleased, actually more excited about the team because it looks like a fresh start. Here are 10 selections that excited us the most:
1. Gary Lo – all the way from England, the selectors have certainly been watching his progress. But Gary is a real character too and despite his height (or lack of it) the muscle man has speed to burn. He will certainly give the Kumuls that extra character out wide and the fans will love him for it.
2. James Segeyaro – Put aside all the differences and thank God the selectors have focussed on winning matches. James with his experience at the highest level is a big bonus to the squad. His versatility around the ruck area and directing play will be so important to the Kumuls. The Kumuls need direct, James has the potential to create it.
3. Lachlan Lam – A household name in the Kumuls, the 20 year old brings a fresh vibrant start to the Kumuls. It’s great to see the selectors opting for the future and if there is a player that the Kumuls can build a team around, Lachlan and Watson Boas are an obvious choice.
4. Ase Boas – Ase is an outstanding player and individual and his feats with the Hunters is testament to his leadership character. Like the other Hunters, he’ll be going into camp with a positive mood and that is exactly what the team needs.
5. Paul Aiton – Some thought Aiton would have played his last game for the Kumuls several years back but the stocky former Sharks player is back in the team. His experience and leadership will be vital and although he is unlikely to play his usual hooking role, he is versatile enough to play in the lock position.
6. Willie Minoga – For added impact, the Engan commonly known as the “freight train” is a typical choice. He brings much character in the team too and hope he gets all fired up on the bench before he enters the paddock. His impact is crucial.
7. David Mead – He probably would’ve liked to cement his spot in the Broncos but perhaps didn’t really turn out that way. But wearing the Kumuls jersey is a different thing altogether and it sure is going to bring out the best of Mead like the last match against the Batis. His explosive running is a key ingredient in the Kumuls attack.
8. Rod Griffin – Rod has shown a never say die attitude and his ability to play 80 minutes is a huge plus. Rod has been a regular in the Kumuls and no doubt he won’t let the team down.
9. Wellington Albert – the towering prop forward has had a tremendous season with the hunters. On his day, he can punch the line in explosive fashion and the Kumuls will be looking to him to do the hard yards in the middle. He’ll be in the Kumuls for many years to come so it’s great to see him in the team.
10. Promise – Finally, if there is anything in this team it has Promise. A promise to play hard, a promise to raise the flag of PNG. How much of that promise will be displayed, we will see in the coming months.