6B Pirates remain upbeat after tourney


MADANG side 6B Pirates say they are remaining optimistic following this month’s Bowl triumph in the annual Sports Tok Sevens rugby union tournament.
“We’ve being consistently competing in this tournament since 2020 despite not having a competition running in Madang,” coach Benjamin Edwin said.
“We train every day and play touch football to keep fit.
“To compete in this tournament requires a lot of effort and sacrifices.
“I’m humbled and happy that we made it to the finals this year after falling short in 2021.”
Pirates are now preparing for upcoming tournaments, including the Sepik Nines rugby league tournament.
“We’re planning to attend other sevens tournaments,” Edwin said.
“Our training will continue back home.
“We will most likely compete in the Sepik Nines.”
Pirates beat Credit Corporation-backed Harlequins and Juggernauts, but lost 7-12 to Papuan Compound Ravens in their pool games.
Edwin said despite not competing in a Papua New Guinea Rugby Union-sanctioned competition in Madang, Pirates continued to be consistent against other strong contenders.
“We’ve improved over the last three years,” he said.
“We adjust to the intensity of the game in each tournament.
“The Sports Tok Sevens tournament has raised the standard of the shorter format in the country, causing teams to train and work harder to compete.”
Pirates beat Port Moresby’s Defence 19-12 in the Bowl final to claim K2,000.
“Our attempts to make the Cup final were unsuccessful despite the two wins,” Edwin said.
“We were relegated to the Bowl playoffs only on points difference.
“But the Bowl win is a great achievement for us.”