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Youth is PNG Basketball future - Mar 9, 2005


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Papua New Guinea basketball federation has made attempts to focus on the development of its youth players in order to receive support from the PNG’s sports authorities to givie its basketball team inclusion to the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa. Despite concerns of several people that PNG won’t have any experience, developing its youth and exposing it to the rest of the world is a necessity for PNG basketball.  PNG young basketball players are getting more experience than the senior counterparts learning their basketball skills in Australia and playing in competitive leagues.  Iliwa Baldwin has learn most of his basketball in Australia and has represented Queensland in several Australian junior national tournaments, Iliwa is currently training in the Brisbane Bullets development squad and is expected to play for the Northside Wizards in the Australia’s second division.  Along him in the Wizards there is a possibility that brother Paiwa might be playing for him.  Veuga Taviri is also based in Australia.  Some of that experience that Iliwa has would be extremely hard to find in several of the more senior members that PNG has. And we are not even including Charles Kipa-Opio and Peterson Opio, who these youngsters are yet to represent PNG and members of the BFPNG might not even be aware of.  Charles Opio is a youngster who is currently playing for the junior team of second division team Rockhampton Rockets.  According to people that have seen him he is a pure shooter with nice shooting range and capable of competent passing and defending.  Charles has also played in national secondary school championships Opio will face players up against the top youngster in North Queensland, a region that has constitently has produced talent that has represented Australia at all levels.  Peterson Opio has already won trophies is his short career. He was apart of the Cairns Marlins team that won last year’s ABA competition, also is a part of the Cairns Taipans development squad. 

Having most of the youth players considered for the national team, is not such a bad thing.  It is not like if the PNG team is consistent of only senior players they will be able to win the Mini SP Games, clearly because there are way behind countries like Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa.  But the junior members have enough height and raw talent to be competitive with the likes of Fiji and Samoa; and have a good chance to win against the rest of the other teams, especially the Micronesian countries .  Also its not like the PNG National Team is playing yearly in regional tournament or international matches and using a roster spot for a senior member is disadvantaging the development of a youngster, because it would most likely be at the expense of a junior player PNG has the capability to be a strong force in the region in the next five to ten year  



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Papua New Guinea - New Caledonia 81-61 Papua New Guinea crowned Melanesia Cup champions as they defeated New Caledonia 81-61 in the Final game. Leahy Martineng-Lakah continued his solid play with 17 crucial points in the biggest game of the event. Earlier at the event Papua New Guinea beat Solomon Islands 79-37 and then New Caledonia 87-80. In the last game of the group Papua New Guinea overcame Fiji 83-49.   [read more]
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AFTER the successful introduction of the Twilight Basketball programme last year, the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea will launch its second phase tomorrow at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre. BFPNG chief executive officer Joel Khalu said the second instalment of the programme was possible because of the success it had late last year bringing confidence to the backers of the programme, the Australian government's Pacific Sports Partnership   [read more]
FIBA officially announces host and dates for the FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup - 8 months ago
The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup will see the best teams from the region battle it out for their chance at glory by claiming the coveted Melanesian Cup and earning their spot in the Pacific Games Basketball Tournament. The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup is one of the three new Oceania sub-zone competitions comprising of the Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian regions. Papua New Guinea will play host to Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from the 24th of September to the...   [read more]


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