The contingent of 81 members - 49 male and 32 females- will be in training to earn spots in various international competitions leading up to the 2015 South Pacific Games.
Men’s training squad from Port Moresby are: Apiah Muri, Roy Gime, Purari Muri, Morris Vele, Dia Muri, Robin Melepia, Charles Parapa, Robert Kave, Dia Muri, Daniel Aila, Darren Raimo, Wally Parapa, Gabriel Elavo, Greg Travertz, Joe Elavo, Sibona Kala, Richard Arava, Veuga Taviri, Peter Davani, James Ipassi, Wali Aila, Moses Lune, Joban Mea, Bomai Muri, Emmanuel Parapa, Junior Tokiala and Garry Suve.
The Lae-based players include Joe Geno, Mika Loko, Russell Stafford, Percy Aaron, Chris Lucas, Sandy Katusele, Wayne Lucas, Jerry Peter, Noah Giali, Dwayne L and Lewis Modudula.
The rest of the men’s squad is: Siwo Korai and Nelson Tom (Madang), Tuki Salilum, Willie Salilum, Colin Pine (Mt. Hagen), Samuel Morris, Rubo Kagi, Donovan Aura and John Moha (Chimbu) and Victor Daroa (Gold Coast).
The women’s contingent is: Julie-Anne Diro, Dianne Hani, Mary Elavo, Betty Angula, Rosa Kairi, Mary Cindy Elavo, Kope Mako, Opa Eko, Emma Daroa, Nape Waka, Emily Koivi, Marca Muri, Peggy Muri, Richanda Maguli, Maggie Evo’o and Theresa Peruka (Port Moresby), Jossi Sam, Louisa Wallace, Phillipa Joumkalop, Yaling Watu, Vasthy Jamsop, Nellie Jamsop, Marrina Boino and Sherah Yawasing (Lae), Deborah Pilak, Warinah Kotoveke (Kavieng) , Rose Nilak, Rosa Kamitu, Anna Mila, Mila Toivit (Chimbu) and Nestor Sape and Loretta Samson (Madang).
BFPNG President Nick Daroa in an email stated that training for the Port Moresby based players will begin soon with men’s assistant coaches Morris Asiba and Bernard Elavo taking charge of the men’s while the women’s team will be coached by Veitu Diro and assistants Karo Lelai and Lee Kotoveke at the Hohola basketball courts.
He said players outside of Port Moresby would be coached by identified local coaches with regular visits made by members of the national coaching staff to assess the players’ progress before the contingent is brought together for a combined training session from September 21 to 22.
Daroa said head coach Joel Khalu, who will take charge of the two day training sessions, will arrive on September 20.
The team for the Pacific Open Basketball Championship to be held in Porirua, Wellington-New Zealand from November 26 to December 4 will be named after the two day camp.