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Maino to co-captain PNG women’s team

US-based defender Lucy Maino has been selected to co-captain the PNG women side to the Pacific Games alongside veteran Deslyn Siniu and Sandra Birum.

“To me to be given the co-captains role alongside Deslyn and Sandra is a big achievement for me.

“I am so proud to fly my countries flag at the Pacific Games and being given the co-captaincy role was something I never expected,”

“There were few other senior players in the squad and leading the team ahead of them is challenging for me,” she said.

The Mekeo lass said she had received a lot of support from the teammates and officials.

“I have a lot of responsibility and with the support of everyone it makes me easier to handle all obstacles,” said Maino.

Maino based in USA playing with the UH Hilo Vulcans, says she has been in camp for the last two weeks in Port Moresby, and the spirit is high among the squad members.

“The girls are getting physical and are focused after the two weeks of intensive training.

“We all have scarified for this Games and our aim is to defend the Gold medal and bring it back home,”

Maino believes they have the strength to fulfil that dream

“Nothing is impossible. Show us the love and we will return it.”

Women squad: Fidelma Watpore, Dorcas Sesevo, Margaret Joseph, Lucy Maino, Sandra Birum, Rayleen Bauelua, Yvonne Gabong, Serah Tamgol, Deslyn Siniu, Meagan Gunemba, Marie Kaipu, Ramona Padio, Selina Unamba, Joelyne Aimi, Lydia Kose, Michaella Kurabi, Shalom Waida, Gloria Laeli, Georgina Bakani, Betty Sam, Gloria Balamus, Asaiso Gossie, Faith Kasiray.

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