JAYAPURA – “Torang Bisa, Papua Juara!” that phrase echoed at the outdoor Hockey venue, Doyo Baru Sentani, Tuesday (12/10/2021), after Papuan outdoor hockey team won the gold medal.
The final was dramatic, the hosts narrowly won over a strong team from East Kalimantan with a score of 2-1.
Thus the silver medal was won by the East Kalimantan team and the West Java Team got bronze.
It is dramatic because Papua was left behind in quartiles 1 and 2. But eventually they were able to turn things around in quartiles 3 and 4 and eventually won.
The victory of the Papuan team was scored by Klaas Suri Rumbewas number 6 and Melkias Rumbewas number 25.
The victory of the Papuan men's hockey team made all spectators who from noon watch this match, cheer and happy, because Papua can add the gold medals.
This victory also finally avenged the failure of the Papua Outdoor Women's Hockey team, which had previously failed to contribute a medal, losing to the East Kalimantan Women's Hockey team.
Coach Matheus Kbarek couldn't hide the emotion mixed with joy. He said this victory was for the people of Papua. Because their target was achieved, they were able to win a gold medal for Papua.
For him, the athletes are able to win because they have a winning mentality. "They are amazing, even though they are exhausted due to a busy schedule. The proof is that they were left behind, but they have a winning mentality, and have proven for this land that Papua hockey still exists at the national level," he said.
As for the women's hockey, Papua only won a silver medal, after losing to the East Kalimantan women's team. While the bronze medal was won by the West Java women's team. ***