Watson Boas: My brother is my role model

first_imgAse and Watson Boas will be playing together for the Kumuls for the first time.The Albert brothers were unfortunate to miss selection for the national team this year due to injury.While Watson may be a rookie compared to his big brother Ase for the Kumuls, he has been a real general on the field when it comes to organising the team and leading the attack.Hailing from a mixed parentage of Oro, Chimbu and East New Britain, Watson is a star-in-the-making if you look at his young career history.He started playing rugby league when he was in Grade Seven. He played in the school boys’ competitions before taking part in the Kokopo Rugby League, where he made his way into the Agmark Gurias side in 2014 to join his brother Ase.However, Ase left Gurias for Hunters in 2015 and Watson was keen to follow him.He had a breakthrough season last year where he played consistent footy and helped his team win the Digicel Cup final (defeating TNA Lions 26-18), the Melanesian Club Championship and was selected to play for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII.At the start of this year, Watson reunited with his big brother and the pair are currently playing good football together for the PNG Hunters side in the Intrust Super Cup and with lead the team around the park tonight in the halves.Watson describes Ase as “a big brother I can look up to as a role model”.He added that in his home, his mother would tell him in Tok Pisin: “Yu kisim ol Gurias or Kumul jampa na ol gias blo Ase (Ase Boas) na werim raun”, but he usually replied and said: “Mami, em kisim lo strong blo m yah. Mi tu pikinini man so mi ba traim kisim lo strong blo mi; mi kisim mi kisim, nogat, nogat.”(My mum told me to wear his [Ase’s] Agmark Gurias or Kumuls jumper, but I would reply and say that he got all these through hard work and commitment. I am a young man and will play to earn these things; if I get it that’s good and if I don’t, that’s also good as well.)However, it seems Watson has the motivation to follow the path of his big brother and last night, he represented the people of Papua New Guinea and wore the yellow, red and black colours of the Kumuls.last_img

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