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Written by Barbara   
Tuesday, 04 July 2006
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Polocrosse - Papua New Guinea style
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PNG Players and Trophy Winners

One of the early carnivals in 1989 was held at Ramu Sugar settlement, and the evenings' entertainment was at the Ramu Club, not at Dumpu. There were only eight teams playing for the Ramu Shield. The winner was Ramu 1 (Kimao, Jonah, Merv, Rose Palm, Angela Blomfield and Sandi). The second section was playing together practicing for a mixed team to visit Australia.

Another quiet carnival was held at Nadzab, hosted by Markham Valley in June.

The first MIXED Team from PNG to play overseas left in July to play in the cold country of Toowoomba, Chinchilla and coldest of all, Glen Innes on the plains of Stonehenge, south of the town. The womens' section and organisers were, Rose Palm, Angela Blomfield and Sandi Jephcott. The men were Kipas Moti, Michael Beirne and Damien Duffield. Unfortunately, Kipas had an attack of gout, and was not able to play.

In Toowoomba on 8th and 9th July, with Greg.McGahan replacing Kipas, they defeated Cunningham for the B Grade Mixed.

The team moved west to Chinchilla. At that carnival Kent Wells filled in for Kipas.

Then on to the cold New England Tableland to play at Glen Innes to win the C Grade beaten teams trophy at the Glen Valley Polocrosse carnival. The heat of PNG was welcome on their return.

Carnivals continued locally in September leading up to the Nationals at Goroka. The A grade teams were very even, Goroka sometimes defeating Ramu, but Markham Valley also defeated Goroka. The National Titles were held at Goroka. Bob Sargood was the guest umpire. He was accommpanied by his wife Robyn. In the finals, a mixed Ramu/MM Junior team defeated Goroka Juniors. Markham Valley 3 beat G3 for the C Grade Hannon Trophy. Ramu B with Mato and Joe as No1's, Kimba at No3, played well to win comfortably from Goroka B. The Ramu A team, comprised of Bruce Duffield, Sandi Jephcott, Kipas Moti, Kimao, Mike Bromley, and Merv Mangan, defeated Goroka by about eight goals.

By 1990 the Club teams re-shuffled again. Lae headed for its first National Championship, when Bruce Duffield returned to his old Club, joined by Mike Bromley, Dan Leahy (proving he could still play A Grade at 60), and Merv Mangan. All had played for three Clubs. By the Titles at Nadzab they had been also joined by Western Highlanders, Bill Gardiner and Lachlan Hoskins.

The season started in May at Markham Valley, about ten players came from Ramu. The teams were mixed to provide more even play. The Lae Carnival in early June was also played with mixed teams. Bruce, Paul and Merv played with Joe Bruno, Mato/Sandi and Jonah, winning the A Grade. The player numbers were down on previous years. Lae won the Ramu Shield at a casual Ramu Carnival, mixed with a farewell for Nev Davies and Norm Grafton at the Ramu Club. It rained on Saturday but we played some tennis on Sunday.

A few outside players joined Goroka Club, while Ramu combined with Mt.Hagen to defeat a Lae.team at a carnival in Goroka. Ramu had few players and fewer A graders. The Hagen players, Bill Gardiner and Lachlan Hoskins, joined Lae.

At the National Titles, Lae defeated Markham Valley in the A Grade. MV won the B and C Grades. Best Ramu could do was Lucas2 won the best No. 2 in C Grade.
Arthur Jones' good imported mare, Emma, won the Horse of the Year trophy and Mike Bromley's Flashlight won the Horse of the Carnival again.

After a late AGM in May 1991, there were a few games at Markham. Lae and Markham held carnivals at Nadzab in July and August, Ramu were only able to send two or three players from Dumpu and some lower grade players from Leron and Gusap. Eventing was strong, and One-Day Events were held at Dumpu, Goroka and SIL near Kainantu. Goroka had a carnival before the Nationals. Neville Gilpin had returned to PNG to be guest umpire/coach. At the Nationals at Nadzab the Barbarians (Simon Brennan, Arthur Jones and Jan Jones, all from Goroka, and Joe Bruno, Sandi Jephcott and Kipas Moti, from Ramu), defeated the favourites, Lae, to win the A.L. Rose Cup, 17 - 13. Both teams had beaten the out-of-form Markham team (Michael and Tony Beirne, Trevor Kennedy, Keepas Kamare, Martin Perry and Bob Simmons). Bob, once a stalwart of the Ramu team, had returned to PNG to manage Markham Farm. Simon rode Arthur Jones' mare, Emma, to win the best horse again, best player and best No.1. He threw six goals in the first chukka, against Mike Bromley, Bill Gardner and Lachlan Hoskings, while the Ramu section managed to hold their own against the stronger Lae section, Bruce Duffield, Awatang and Merv Mangan. Dan Leahy had finally retired from polocrosse. Jan Jones won the Broadbent Trophy for the Best and Fairest.


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