Justin Olam

Hundreds gather to watch game

It was the first time a son of Sinasina-Yongomugl scooped the Provan-Summons Trophy with the Melbourne Storm, and it was the first time his people gathered together to watch his historical match.

The name ‘Justin Olam’ reverberated throughout Papua New Guinea as the countdown began for the Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers clash on Sunday, the 25th of October.

Simbu Governor hails Olam

Dua described Olam as a “hero for Simbu”.

Speaking from the provincial capital of Simbu in Kundiawa, Governor Dua said Olam now joins the list of legends who hailed from the Sinasina-Yongomugl electorate, commonly abbreviated ‘SSY’.

Dua said the 26-year-old joins in the ranks of big names such as the Late David Tinemau, PNG Kumul number 43, and the late Bal Numapo, Kumul number 85, who passed away on August 1, 2020 in Kundiawa.

Best wishes to Olam from Simbu

He will be the second Papua New Guinean to play in an NRL grand final with Melbourne Storm; following closely in the steps of his inspiration – Marcus Bai.

The 26-year-old Simbu man wears his heart on his sleeves every time he takes the field. He knows his country, and especially his family back home, closely watch his every move; celebrating and crying with him every step of the way.

Though he is in his Melbourne Storm colours, PNG’s red, black and gold always shine through.

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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