Basketball 3X3 eying first Pacific Gold
The 2023 Games is due to take place in Honiara from Nov 19 – Dec 2.
Head coach Nick Daroa believes the target is achievable if players show commitment and work hard as a team.
During an interview with Sports Scene, the former long-time administrator praised the enthusiasm in his youthful squad and is confident that his side is one of the favourites for gold glory.
"We are eyeing our first medal since our inception. We have not been a big threat to giants like Guam among others but it’s time to rise," Daroa said.
The national team’s recent trials against the UPNG select side was a good challenge for the players, finishing off with big scores.
However, Daroa believes there is still room for more improvement and will continue working on mistakes and weaknesses going forward.
PNG finished fourth in the last Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa, in 2019 and this time they are hopeful to turn the table around.
"We currently have 10 females and 8 males in the wider squad which we will trim down to the final 4 before we head to SI.
Asked what sort of players he was looking at taking, Daroa said: "I want fast, elusive and players that have the agility and flexibility to keep up with the tempo of the game.
"We are looking at a podium finish and that is why we are sensitive about the selecting players to ensure they are properly screened.
Daroa said there's no room for complacency and players will be selected on merit.
Meanwhile, the federation is planning a trip to New Zealand for the team as part of their preparations towards the SI games.
Last Modified on 27/12/2023 15:14