Joe Morris was a front row forward from Moresby rugby league days. He’s responded to an article I wrote for Les Everett’s www.australianrules.com.au website in the following terms about some of the great rugby league players who played in Port Moresby in the sixties:
Digger Annand’s given name was James and he now owns a bottle shop in Newcastle. I was a member of the DCA side that won in 1966. Barry Kenny, also in the side, later played for Queensland. Mark Harris, a bruiser from Konedobu, ended up playing for Easts, then NSW and Australia. So there were some greats that played in that comp.
John Kaputin [pictured, now Sir John and secretary-general of the Brussels-based African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] was a great player a nice bloke too. He helped us in a riot one Friday night I’ll never forget. We were playing Konedobu and John was playing. We flattened one of the Kone players and the crowd erupted and were storming the fence around the field. John jumped the fence got hold of the loudspeaker and gained control. It wasn’t nice. We had heaps of SP beer in the club that night.