JAMES APA GUMUNO
AMEC Border Brothers centre Andy Kom led his team to victory in the Gomis grand final against Mompou Tribesmen after drawing 12-12 at full time at the Gomis rugby league oval in Mt Hagen last Sunday.
Kom scored in each half of extra time give Brothers the premiership.
Gomis is one two PNGRFL affiliated leagues from Western Highlands province.
Tribesmen made a good start in the opening minutes of the game when winger Isaac Raima put the points on successfully converted by five-eighth Paul Kunuma.
Brothers replied with an unconverted try from winger Solomon Komin and trailed 4-6 after 20-minutes.
Just before halftime, Tribesmen scored a converted try for a 10-6 half time score.
Brothers were the first to score in the second half through reserve Alister Wak.
It was successfully converted by Captain Thomas Wani for a 12-10 lead.
Both teams played conservatively for most of the half before Brothers were penalised for a high shot for the scores to be locked at 12-12.
Brothers fought back strongly in the dying minutes but the game was so tight that no score was recorded for the remainder of regular time.
In extra time, which was five minutes each way, Kom scored the winners on either side for his side to clinch the Mt Hagen rugby league major prize 20-12.
Other finals played on Sunday included the U17 division where Esco Jets defeated Eastern Souths and in the U19 division, Hela United defeated Eastern Souths.
The senior grade final was officially kicked off by Petroleum and Energy Minister William Duma, who is the patron and sponsor of the league.
Duma also presented a cheque for K55,000 from his district support grant to the league and made an undertaking to upgrade the rugby league oval.
The Gomis rugby league has produced several notable league stars in the likes of Dion Aiye, George Moni and Rodney Pora and continues to churn out talented players