Industry of Origin Glory - The All Wining Team
Under 19 Junior Women Helped Mighty Blues Retain Origin and Perpetual Shield.
Game # 1 - 16.04.07: Mighty Blues 3 beat Great White 0 - Suzie Aiden, Linda Leahy and Margaret Alova scored the blues points.
Game # 2 - 23.04.07 Mighty Blues 3 beat Great White 1 - Serah Manda, Nelly Sakaia, and Ipak Pokichong scored for the blues, with Genny Yoba scoring for the opposition.
Game # 3: 06.05.07: Mighty Blues 5 beat Great White 2 - Kylie Yore, Linda Leahy, Tamara John, Ipak Pokichong and Suzie Aiden scored for the blues,while Genny Yoba and Ivani Geno scoring for the opposition.
The recently concluded Easter Industry-of-Origin best-of-three series went to the Mighty Blues for the second year running. And the final statistics showed, the blues, made up of 13 outdoor industry clubs, were victorious in 9, lost 4 and drew 5 of the total eighteen games contested in six divisions over 3 weeks. Their rivals, the Great White numbering also 13 clubs are from the white collar industry. The blues series win came at the backdrop of the dominating performances of their two junior teams, under 19 boys and under 19 girls. And none more so emphatic than the 3-nil clean sweep white wash by the young blues female brigade under no nonsense coach Greg Leahy from the Leahys Water Deliveries club. They won the first encounter 3-nil, took out the second 3-1 and completed the rout 5-2 in the third. The blues junior boys' performances was similar, winning the first match 3-1, and the second 2-0 and with the third ending in 2-2 draw.
With the experience of both co-captains from the 2005 junior squad that traveled to Lae in 2005 to contest the national championship in Pomu Geno of Leahys Water Deliveries club and Pom Grammar grade 11 student Geno Linge of Amanab Timber Investment # 56 club in excellent form it was little wonder the blues side played with confidence throughout the series. The pair had previously played in the rival Great White side in last year's contest. And moving across the border, both girls teamed up and combined magnificently well with another Lae 2005 participant in game-breaker and Limana Vocational School grade 9 student Suzie Aiden of Bishop Brothers Engineering club. Also with the experiences of other Lae 2005 local tourists, in Kilakila grade 8 student Haika Epele also of BBE club, Pom Grammar grade 11 student Tamara John also of ATIL club, and Boroko Salvation Army Primary grade 9 student Kylie Yore of Niuford Waterboard club. The rest of this winning team members were, Ted Diro Primary School grade 8 student Margaret Alova of LWD club, PPOMIS grade 9 student Linda Leahy, of LWD club, Alma Secondary grade 11 student Angela Auri Auri of ATIL club, Gordons Secondary grade 11 student Jacinta Walaka of PRL club, Gerehu Secondary grade 10 student Serah Manda of Eltech Engineering club, another Pom Grammar grade 10 student Cheryl Aihi of CAA club, Caritas Technical Secondary grade 9 student Ipak Pokichong also of CAA club, another Gerehu Secondary grade 9 student Nelly Sakaia of Niuford Waterboard club, Esther Oruba or of PRL club and another Niuford Waterboard club junior Claire Allan.
The youngsters showed they are ready for the next step up in representative duties for CTPM. Having been playing in the senior Open Women division in the regular season, the girls showed they can handle the pressure of representative games. Particularly, for Linge who was announced the player of the match in game # 2 when she took the ball up in quick darting runs from the roll-ball which caused headache to the opposition. Pomu Geno also played well organizing the blues attack through out the series. Also in devastating form were Suzie Aiden, Kylie Yore and Tamara John. Two players unknown prior to the series but became bolters through out the series were Ipak Pokichong & Linda Leahy. They both scored in two of the three games, to show their versatility. They will only improve with the remainder of the domestic season and should reach maturity come the September national championship. All in all, the Mighty Blues were superior to their indoor counterparts and were deserved series winners in 2007.
Compiled by:: McKenzie Maino (CTPM Media Cordinator)