Madang’s Rumona Morris has opted to stick to soccer as she was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the last Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Young Morris is vying for another appearance with the national women’s team for a fourth consecutive gold medal.
This time it hopefully will be in front of their home crowd.
Doris Joseph has also withdrawn to concentrate on ktarate but coach Elenor Kunatuba said the notable inclusion of other players will be enough to fill the gap.
Kunatuba said this during a fitness test conducted yesterday at the newly renovated Murray Barracks gymnasium.
“We are looking for replacements and this should not be a problem,” Kunatuba said.
Port Moresby-based players were put through their first test with those from other provinces expected to fly in next Monday to conduct theirs.
Players who missed out on yesterday’s session will join the players from the other centres to do their fitness test.
“We are not penalising players for not turning up for the fitness test – they will still do it,” Kunatuba said.
She said the test would also give the coaching staff an overview of the players fitness level and areas to improve on in the next few months. The players will be given a one-month training programme before the final team is named for the Oceania Championships.