Justin Olam

Olam finally debuts

In today’s match against the St George Illawarra Dragons, the 24-year-old ran at centre.

Curtis Scott and Young Tonumaipea, who are nursing injuries, opened the door for Olam.

He has been on the verge of debut since late last season, repeatedly being named the 18th man, or first emergency.

Coach Storm Chris Bellamy had kept Olam on standby early in the week when both Scott and starting winger Suliasi Vunivalu were in doubt.

Olam has been with the team since November 2016.

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After a sustained period of strong form in the Intrust Super Cup, PNG flyer Justin Olam is in line to make his NRL debut on Sunday. A debut for the 24-year old would see him follow in the footsteps of Storm legend and PNG native Marcus Bai.

The turnaround proved too short for Curtis Scott who will miss the match with an ankle injury but should be available for selection in Round 10. While Young Tonumaipea injured his hamstring at training on Thursday and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

RLWC: Olam eases into the Ninth Try

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RLWC: Olam scores Kumuls Second Try

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PNG winger Olam named in Storms extended bench

Olam was signed up by the Australia National Rugby League Club (NRL) this season.

He will be the second Papua New Guinean to wear the Storm colour, following another Storm’s legend Marcus Bai, if given the nod.

Bai is one of the inaugural Storm players who won a premiership with the club playing on the wing.   

He played 144 games for the club, scoring 70 tries over six seasons.

The clubs official website, stated that Melbourne Storm have been forced to make two changes to their starting side for Round 4 clash against Wests Tigers.

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Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio passes away

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An official statement from Government House at Konedobu has confirmed the passing of PNG’s 9th Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio this afternoon in Port Moresby.

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Central landowners against illegal land deal

Manumanu, Magabaira and Pinu landowners gathered at Konedobu, Port Moresby, yesterday to show their support for the illegality of the deal on their land.

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TVWAN to air story on Justin Olam

Titled “Justin Olam - The Story So Far”, the three part story focuses on Olam’s transition from a SP Hunter to his signing with the Melbourne Storm to play in the National Rugby League competition.

TVWAN Producer, Evan Oavita said the Olam story will be aired on Friday, February 17 at 7pm on TVWAN Action.

“The story is on his life, background and a bit about himself and his career,” said Oavita.

Olam will become the second Papua New Guinean to play for the Melbourne Storm after Marcus Bai.

Olam hails Hunters program

Olam said this after winning two awards at the Hunters presentation night over the weekend –  the Rookie of the year and top try scorer.

“The SP Hunters program is not a waste. It is not a mistake. It is working.

“The program is providing a pathway for youths to develop and excel,” said Olam.

The Melbourne Storm bound Olam finished by thanking the players, management and the sponsors for all their support.

Olam: Award is for the fans

Olam picked up the XXXX People’s Choice Award at last night’s 2016 Queensland Rugby League awards at Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.

This is the third year in a row the Hunters have won the People’s Choice Award since entering the Intrust Super Cup competition in 2014.

Olam arrived todayjust before lunch from Australia with CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Bob Cutmore and Hunters coach, Michael Marum.

“It’s a good feeling to have won the award. But I know there is still a lot yet left for me to achieve.