Tigers bask in success

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THE LAE Tigers are the toast of the Morobe capital after their maiden Digicel Cup winning effort over the Agmark Gurias (14-8) last week in Port Moresby.
The Tigers under coach Stanley Tepend have been the best over the last two years and have finished on top after the 2016 regular season but questions remained on whether they have the temperment and tenacity to wrest a title by making it through the playoff stage. They may have failed in their first two attempts but 2016 proved a charm for the franchise which only came into existence in 2010, taking over the mantle of Lae and Morobe flagship with the demise of the original city team, the Lae Bombers.
The team were treated to a parade on Monday through the streets of Lae as well as a meeting with Governor Kelly Naru.
A convey of vehicles with supporters chanting, “Tigers, Tigers, Tigers”, took the team and the cup from Papua compound where the Lae Biscuit sponsored franchise is based all over the city.
Grandfinal hero Noel Joel thanked the fans and the sponsors for their faith and said they could not have accomplished all they without their support.
“Your support and contribution week in and week out had pushed the team through to take the cup to Lae and thank you so much to you all,” Joel said.
Tepend told the supporters, staff and management his team played with heart and a determination not to return home empty-handed.
“We‘ve come a long way since 2010 and this title is for Lae, our fans and backers and everyone who believed in us,” Tepend said.

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