By JACK AMI
LAKWAHARU Rugby League Nines Cup defending champions Taurama Gaveraia are confident they can retain the crown for a third consecutive year.
Lakwaharu chairman and founder Micky Kone said Taurama were geared to add another piece of silverware to their cabinet, with the pool stage to kick off on Sunday at Sebore village, along the Magi Highway.
The second pool matches would staged at Tubusereia the next day.
Kone said 64 teams were vying for the Lakwaharu Nines Cup.
“The teams are also bringing development teams to lay the foundation for the future,” Kone said.
Kone said the event was restricted to Papuans, with the emphasis on developing talent in the province and other Southern region players.
Taurama are coached by Collin Geno Lama.
Geno said he had retained most of the squad who won last year’s title in the likes of former Gulf Isapea players Pipi Kilori, Steven Gia, and Jojo Lama, as well as youngsters Macky Saku, Ricco Jimmy and Clyde Osaei.
“We’ve tried new players before and have been successful so I’m sure they will perform,” Geno said.
Geno said the inclusion of new talent ensured there was a continual process of development, which resulted in top performances.
“We do not underestimate any team as we’re sure they’ve also prepared well for the event,” he said.
“Like other teams we want to play to the best of our abilities.
By JACK AMI