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Suns, Eagles in top-of-the-table clash

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By PETER PUSAL
THE Taurama Suns take on the high-flying West Eagles in Port Moresby AFL’s match of the round on Sunday.
Sun’s captain Jeffrey Namete and on-baller Ben Tirang lead last year’s minor premiers into a clash against an in-form outfit that put University Tigers to the sword in the round before the Independence anniversary weekend break. The Eagles put 15 goals – and 10 behinds – past the hapless Tigers, who could only manage a point after four quarters of play in the senior grade fixture.
Both sides have four wins each and inhabit the top two spots on the ladder with the Suns on top on points differential and also coming off a bye which means they have had an extra week to freshen up for the clash at Colts Oval in Bisini.
The match is expected to be a shoot-out with Taurama full forward Ferdinand Musi the go-to-man for the Moni Plus-backed side.
POM AFL match coordinator Rex Leka, pictured, said the Suns had the advantage in experience and where good all over the park but it was their consistency that would trouble the Eagles.
“The Suns are a very consistent side. They had a great season last year and carried that form through here so I’d say they’re the team to beat,” Leka said.
“West just came into the competition last year so they’re a fairly new team with a lot of young guys and one or two old heads but it’s their confidence and momentum that has got them to where they are now.”
With the competition heading into its second round of matches, the Suns and Eagles lock horns in a fixture that will set the benchmark for the rest of the season.
For West fullback Alois Mondo the meeting is a chance to reacquaint himself with the side he played for last season before making the move to join his wantoks at the Eagles.
West’s other key men include back Raymond Vogae and centre Sylvester Mangaea.
This is the fifth weekend of matches that closes out round one with the Aussie rules competition to have two more rounds of games before the finals in November.
Fixtures: Sat, Sept 24 – Gerehu Magpies v University Tigers, Koboni v Gordon Kokofas; Sun, Sept 25 – Defence Hawks v Bomana Cats, Taurama Suns v West Eagles.

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