By PETER PUSAL
THE Dockers did it easy over the youthful Defence Hawks in the fourth round of the Port Moresby AFL men’s senior competition on Saturday.
The Dockers, led by centre Emanuel Tupia, won 11.6 (66) to 2.9 (19) in the day’s second senior match on Colts Oval.
The Central Bombers saw off the Gerehu Magpies 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) in the first match.
Tupia and the Dockers other bigger men in Sylvester Sindriwan, Laurie Logo, Charlie Arua and Timothy Gale dominated the under-sized and inexperienced Hawks in the opening quarter, kicking three goals against a behind and carried that momentum on to the final whistle.
The men in purple were never pushed despite a better effort by the Hawks in the second-half of the game.
The Dockers, who lead in clearances, disposals and marks, could have been guilty of complacency, given their opposition were really a reserve grade outfit filling in at the top grade.
Teenage captain and coach of the Hawks Luke Severe said his side were always on the back foot but were keen on staying the course gaining experience and growing into a proper senior grade side.
“We don’t have the numbers to start with, but the boys are willing,” Severe said.
“Most of the players who took the field are from reserve grade.
“We’ve got one or two senior guys,” the 19-year-old said.
The Hawks have perhaps the youngest side in the senior competition as evinced by Severe.
“We’ve got young guys, most of us are teenagers and our oldest player is Jackson Holee who’s 22.”
Forwards Bernard Turmoni and Joshua Taurega kicked the Hawks’ two goals.
In yesterday’s main encounter, the Gordon Kokofas beat the Bomana Cats 8.5 (53) to 7.6 (48).
The earlier match was every bit a mismatch, as the scores suggest, with the West Eagles reaching the century mark against the clawless University Tigers 15.10 (100) to 0.1 (1).
The competition goes into recess this Independence anniversary weekend.
By PETER PUSAL