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Joe: Rising Star in NCD Rugby Union



Bowmen Joe, a talented rugby union player from West Sepik Province, has emerged as the Player-of-the-Tournament in the National Capital District Rugby Union competition.


Joe had an exceptional performance throughout the tournament, playing a pivotal role to keep the players together to execute their game plan.


In the recent NCDRU U20 Grand Final, an highly anticipated decider that took place at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby, on Saturday, 21st October 2023, Joe stepped up the most and boosted his team, the Southern Chiefs, to secure their victory over the Goldie Warriors with a score of 21-14.


Known for his versatility on the field, scrum-half Joe showcased his skills as a hooker, flanker, and lineout player, stepping up in those positions when the lineup changes were made to suit the player's combination.


His outstanding performance caught the attention of everyone. Representing Southern Chiefs, Joe played a crucial role in securing the victory, exhibiting determination and resilience.


For Joe, receiving the Player-of-the-Match award at the grassroots rugby level holds a significant meaning to him.


“Especially for myself, in my career I never received such a valuable award. Because I started playing rugby last year, I tried my best to play hard and strive to be the best, and this great award means a lot to me. It is the result of my hard work and love for rugby,” Joe said.


He added that the award was an inspiration for him to strive for more in his games, perfecting his skills and making a name for himself in the sport.


In the meantime, Joe looks forward to his training in preparation for the upcoming Rookie 7s in December. He will play for the Taurama Underdogs side and is positive they will train and prepare well for the event.


The victory and the prestigious Player-of-the-Tournament award have marked a significant milestone in Joe's rugby career.


Joe started playing rugby with the Crusaders Club in the Capital Rugby Union (CRU) Competition. He also play for the Crusaders Men's A-grade and they eventually made it into the CRU Grand Final against the Harlequins in August this year, at the Santos National Football Stadium (NFS).


“Participating in these games have given me the courage and strong mindset to pursue rugby,” he said.


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