Sunday, September 27, 2009

Prelimenary Finals Results

In Mount Hagen, the Rangers came from behind to snatch victory over defending champions, SBS Muruks 18-14. In Lae Lahanis defeated Toyota Enga Mioks, 11-8.

The Muruks having won the title for the last three consecutive years will now exit, leaving the cup to be fought by Mioks, Lahanis, Gurias and Rangers.

Lahanis now play Gurias in the First Grand Final Qualifier next week while Rangers take on Toyota Enga Mioks. The Gurias-Lahanis game will see the winner advance to book a grand final berth while the loser will play the winner of the Rangers-Mioks game.

The venue is set to be in Port Moresby.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Kumuls Blog

The much anticipated kumuls blog is here at http://kumuls.sportspng.com
As always, do spread the word around.

Prelimnary Finals Draw

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Results: Double Header in Lae

By Jonah Ahokare - Lae Correspondent 


Muruks vs. Eagles


The SBS Mendi Muruks registered another two points to secure their position in the Bemobile Cup finals, beating their brothers from Western Highlands, the Mt.Hagen Bintangor Eagles 38 points to 18.
Hard hit-ups by the Muruks pack and classic ball handling and defences from the backline paid off handsomely with seven tries courtesy of, Jackie Kuman, Bit Embia, Paulus Mondo, Joshua Poria, Andrew Buka, Captain Joseph Omai and Nobert Kembo.
Half-back Andrew Sam successfully converted 5 goals of the seven goal attemps.
The Bintangor Eagles replies with only three tries through half-back Willie Guambo, winger Robert Konole and veteran George Baker. All three goals were successfully converted by five-eight Alex Ben.


Lahanis vs. Bombers


Goroka Bintangor Lahanis outside centre Garnet Auwo was the star of the match scoring a hat-trick to help his team oust the PNGATCL Lae Bombers 18 points to 10. The first 20 minutes of the game was very physical with both side showing off their ball skills with their forwards unleashing some of the most lethal runs and hit-ups ever witnessed.
Bombers were the first to add points to the board when Mark Mexico successfully converted a penalty after a high tackle call against the Lahanis. Shortly after, Mexico collected another 2 points, thanks to a high table call. This boosted the Bombers and two minutes later, forward Elias Midi barged his way to score under the uprights. The conversion was successful. Just minutes before half time, Garnet Auwo scored the first of his hat-trick, a much needed four pointer for the Lahanis. Conversion by the evergreen little general Bafinue was successful, keeping the Goroka boys hopes alive.
Second-half was dominated by the Lahanis. They denied the Bombers points with a much talked about defence. Try scoring machine, Auwo added two more tries making life difficult for the Bombers. Captain and man of the Match, Glen Nami successfully booted the goals to take the triumph over the Eagles.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Round 14 Results



Rangers Dominant













The Masta Mark Rangers proved critics wrong with their recent form slump to turn things around by thrashing competition front-runners and Minor Premiers the Agmark Gurias 24-16.
In the other matches, Toyota Enga Mioks has kept a 100% clean home record by adding Civpac vipers to its casualty list, humiliating them 40-8. Lahanis escaped a first half scare by Bombers leading 10-6 but surged back to win 18-10. Last year's grand-finalists, Bintangor Eagles have been very poor this season and will be tagged with the wooden spoon after suffering their tenth loss of the season to the hands of SBS Muruks, 38-18.

The Rangers and Gurias game was the best ever. IT was very entertaining. I heard from those who were around me that PNG Rugby league has significantly improved with the standard of football being displayed and I couldn't agree more.
The Rangers well deserve the win. Their forwards in the likes of captain Nixon Kolo, Leanard Otmar, Francis Ray, Simon Young, Aaron Mulunga all featured prominently to earn the two points for their side.
Gurias on the other looked potent but Rangers were the better side of the day to win the match 24-16.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Round 13 Results


Finalists Confirmed

The top five franchises heading into the finals series of the lucrative Bemobile Cup competition have been secured after today's round of matches. There's still the last round to played next weekend but that would not have much bearing on the finalists.
It is for sure that Agmark Gurias now on 20 points will come out as Minor premiers with SBS Muruks to finish fifth. It doesn't matter if they win or lose. The Middle spots are due to fluctuate and will be determined after completion of the last round.
Muruks were fortunate enough to escape pressure from surrendering their Premiership title prematurely, thanks to their victory and the Viper's loss.
Vipers had better points differential compared to Bombers and Eagles, who were all on 7 points heading into the games today. Unfortunately, their loss essentially puts them out of the race.
Although, Bombers won, they have to win next weekend with more than 90 points and hoping that Muruks loose to make the finals. This is very least likely so they can also be ruled out alongside Eagles.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mioks fly over Muruks

By Jonah Ahokare - Lae Correspondent

Favourites SBS Mendi Muruks received a surprise blow from the Toyota Enga Mioks last Sunday at the Lae Rugby League Grounds. Despite recent media speculation of crisis within the club administration, the Mioks played as never before thrashing the Lae-based Mendi Muruks 18 points to 7 in front of a jam packed crowd of supporters.
Just four minutes into first half, Muruks winger Sova Milfred crossed the line to grab the first four pointer of the game. The try came as a result of classic footwork and ball handling by the Muruks backline in the likes of hitman such as Jesse Joe Parker. Conversion kick from Andrew Sam's mighty right foot added the extras setting the Muruks clearly on the front. The Mioks were able to add a two pointer after the referee awarded a penalty against the Muruks due to a high tackle on a Miok's player. Just before half-time, Muruks were able to register a point bringing their score to 7 leaving the Mioks trailing behind with 2 points.
However, the tide changed in the second half with Mioks scoring three tries courtesy of winger Amoi, half-back Mai Tom and Terry Tapako. The Mioks continue the onslaught denying the Muruks points in the second half with very tough defence and ball security.
It was a moment of joy for the Enga Mioks supporters when the full time siren wailed.
Staunch rugby league follower and Enga Governor Hon.Peter Ipatas was the proudest man on the grounds to witness his boys displaying some of the best and finest rugby league skills beating the reigning premiers, SBS Mendi Muruks 18 points to 7.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Round 12 Results



Bombers Upset Vipers

The Vipers hope for a finals football was quashed when the cellar dwellers, ATCL Bombers humbled them with a 10-4 victory.
The Bombers win forced an interesting turn for the bottom four franchises after Muruks, Vipers and Eagles all losing their respective games. Had the Muruks won, they would have comfortably cemented the fifth spot on the competition ladder with two games remaining before the finals playoff. However, their loss means they are still on fifth spot with nine points, only two points ahead of the bottom three who have mathematical chances of making the top 5, pending the results of the remaining two rounds.
Vipers fielded an unusual starting lineup especially the forwards and a couple of positional changes to the backs. Most of the regulars came-off the bench.
The first twenty minutes was ordinary with both sides displaying flamboyant football and several handling errors. Vipers were the first to score before the bombers followed to level 4-4 going into half-time.
The second half was brutal with exchanges of barnstorming runs and line breaks from both sides but neither came up with points until the final minute when Bombers scored right under the sticks to seal the match.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Week 12- Round2 Draw



Catching up with old pal @ Unitech and current Kumul Fullback, Rodrick Puname of SBS Muruks.

One Last Hope for the Eagles

It is the time of the year when finals football momentum is knocking on all doors for the semi professional Bemobile cup teams vying for a spot in the final five in October.
For Mount Hagen Bintangor Eagles; coming from a 22-12 loss to the hands of Masta Mak City Rangers in Madang last week really gives a hard time for the last year’s runner up and the game against Agmark Rabaul Gurias this weekend is set as one final hope for the Kanges.
It will be a Kange verses Kange match seeing several high profile players like Rodney Pora, Kot Kerua, Larsen Marabe, Dion Aiye and George Moni initially from Hagen left in wonder for greener pastures.
Eagles’ captain James Emm knows well that this game is a must win or face exited from finals campaign and he will rely heavily on his little general Skipper Mel, Kumul forward Benny Pamunda, George Baker, Seth Angra and up and coming star winger Tiger Amere.
A loss to the Gurias may spoil the Kanges finals hope therefore this game is set to go right down to the wire.
CIVAPC/NCD Vipers are in the same boat as Eagles and needs to win this match against shallow dwellers ATCL Lae Bombers in the local derby.

In Lae, Structural Bridging System Mendi Muruks are preparing hard for this game that will decide their fate of the three time defending champion when they take on an inform Toyota Enga Mioks at the Lae rugby league ground.

Star five eight and soon to be Kumuls Andrew Sam speaking from Lae by phone said, the boys have lost the last three games easily and the win against an inform CIVPAC/NCD Vipers in Port Moresby last week had given them an extra strength and the boys are looking forward to the match.
For once glamour team, Goroka Bintangor Lahanis, a possible final five is already in bag a win is needed as anything can happen comes finals football in October

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rangers Shoot Down Eagles

By Stanford Mul - Madang Corresponent

The Port Moresby Masta Mark Rangers displayed a near flawless display of football to dismantle cellar dwellers Bingtagor Mt Hagen Eagles 22-12 in Madang. The Rangers virtually made up of former and current kumuls showed silky ball skills to destroy the Eagles. The Rangers coordinated attack and defense left Bingtagor Mt Hagen Eagles clueless. The Eagles didn’t help their cause by making too many forced errors. It was a tight contest until the 65th minute when the Rangers ran away with the game scoring two tries in a space of 10 minutes.

Kelly Aiyok the owner of the Port Moresby Masta Mark Rangers was on hand to watch his boys put in a polished performance. Man of the match and outside centre for Masta Mark Rangers Ham Tee entertained the crowd with his blistering pace and side step to score the first try and setting up the last try by stepping and fending off 5 defenders.