Change in leadership for PNG Orchids

Carol Humeu will be leading the Oil Search PNG Orchids when they go against the Australian Jillaroos in the Prime Minister’s XIII clash on Saturday.

Jennie-Sue Hoepper was initially named captain of the Orchids when the new team took on the Brisbane Broncos Women on October 2nd.

Humeu, who was selected from the Southern Confederate side, was the assistant captain when they took on the Broncos.

The 23-year-old of Simbu, Wabag and Central parentage, led the Southern Confederates to victory during the 2018 National Women’s Championships.

Coach Westley said while Hoepper had experience, she currently needs to concentrate on doing fitness and ball work.

Humeu, on the other hand, has been performing very well.

Coach Westley believes she is ready to have the captaincy role, which should also boost her growth in the game.

Humeu said she was both humbled and proud to be appointed to lead the national team.

She is confident in her team’s abilities and says they will do better on Saturday.

Meantime, the Australian men’s and women’s teams arrived today in Port Moresby.

The Australian and PNG teams will be conducting their captain’s runs tomorrow as well as visit a number of schools in the nation’s capital.

(PNG Orchids captain Carol Humeu with coach David Westley)

Carmella Gware