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Papua New Guinean community rallies behind Melbourne Storm star Justin Olam for the NRL grand final

Supporters throughout Justin Olam's homeland packed around small TVs to watch the Melbourne Storm star play in the NRL Grand Final.

Olam, 26, grew up in the remote Papua New Guinean village of Gon kicking empty coke bottles around dreaming of the day he would be able to play NRL. 

Understandably, his ascent into sports stardom has drawn pride from his community who went to extraordinary measures to tune into his team's match against the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night.

In the lead up to the game, Papua New Guineans across the country were busy rustling up generators and carrying them across towns and villages to power televisions. 

Papua New Guineans across the country tuned into small televisions to watch Justin Olam play against the Penrith Panthers at ANZ stadium on Sunday night (pictured)

Photos posted online show crowds cramming into dimly-lit TV houses glued to the screen of a single tiny unit mounted on a wall.

Other families gathered in their electricity-bare homes, carpeted by grass, to surround a TV set up on a basic mount.

Olam, who began playing NRL while at university when he was 18, has become a sensation across Papua New Guinea and a role model for youths.

'Justin is a testament to what a rural PNG youth can achieve through dreaming big, chasing the dream with hard work, dedication and discipline. Success does not have [to] happen overnight,' Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape said.

Every break away tackle was met with a roaring cheer from his fans congregating around televisions in Port Moresby - and even more when he scored, the ABC reported.

'As the second Papua New Guinean to make it on the big stage [for the Melbourne Storm], it was a truly big blessing for every Papua New Guinean,' one fan said.

'Watching him, knowing that a Papua New Guinean played in the NRL, and now won a premiership, I'm so happy, I'm so proud. This is an achievement for every Papua New Guinean,' another said.

Olam supporters in Dinga, Sinasina Yogomul, carry a generator to power a television for the grand final match

Crowds packed into TV houses (pictured) to watch the game on a single tiny screen

Storm held onto a six point lead despite playing with just 11 men for the final minutes after halfback Jahrome Hughes and utility Brandon Smith were sent to the sin bin.

Penrith fought hard to close the gap, scoring twice in the last few minutes, but were not quite able to overcome a massive 26-6 deficit, losing 20-26.  

Olam is regarded as one of the game's fiercest outside backs, but as a child in a remote Papua New Guinea village the sight of a football was extremely rare. 

'At primary school we would play touch footy with a coke bottle and we would put dry, dead grass in there to make it heavy so it wouldn't get blown away by the wind when we kicked it or passed it,' he previously told NRL.com.

'For someone to have a rugby league ball was a big thing... I actually never owned a rugby league ball.' 

Olam dreamed of playing in the NRL but didn't think it would ever happen until a string of impressive Queensland Cup performances in 2016 caught the eye of Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

That same year, the hard-running centre also graduated from the PNG University of Technology in Lae with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics.

Olam made history during Sunday's match as the fourth Papua New Guinean to be part of a winning grand final team.  

Others set up a TV inside their home and gathered on the grass to watch their country's sportsman play

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