IN a nail-biting finish to Series One of the 2009/2010 AFLPNG BSP Super Series, Komatsu Bulldogs showed true grit to win by 8 points from the Kwila Insurance Cats.
It was the Amua Pirika show in the first quarter of the game with the young Brisbane Lions bound forward banging home three goals out of the four for the Kwila Cats to take the lead 25-2.
But a determined Bulldogs, living up to their Komatsu Tough brand, showed they were certainly tough enough matching the Kwila Cats with some hard running by there midfield. Dominic Livuana and Freddy Peni set the ground alight for the bulldogs with their speed through the middle as Garry Kele brought the house down with a long range goal for the Bulldogs to win the second quarter for them and keep them in the game.
Anega Isaac and Bobby Oreki for the Cats showed why they were part of the Mozzies and Binatangs system as they stepped up a gear to hold down a Bulldogs fight back.
Oreki showed great strength in holding out former Richmond Tigers backman and Bulldogs forward Ray Hall. Collin Wilshire and Charlie Arua played hard for the Kwila Cats while young Jackson Holee gained good possession for the Cats through the middle of the ground.
At three quarter time, the games was set to go down right to the wire with the Kwila Cats only holding a narrow three-point lead, 44 -41.
The fourth quarter of the Series One final lived up to expectations as the crowed watched determined hard fought football as both sides threw all they had at each other.
With both coaches biting their nails from the sidelines, the Cats looked to seal the Series early in the final quarter with defiant goals to Amua Pirika and Charlie Arua.
But a three-goal haul by the Bulldogs pegged back the Kwila Cats and saw them win 60-52.
The Komatsu Bulldogs took home a thousand reasons to “Love their bank” with a BSP cheque presentation by AFL Asia Pacific Manager Andrew Cadzow.
There was all the more reason to celebrate the Series One final for all four teams as Andrew Cadzow announced that after the second series in January, a representative side will be picked to participate in the AFL Cairns pre-season competition. This will allow a PNG-based side play regularly in either AFL Cairns or the AFL Queensland State competition.
The BSP Super Series Two will start on Jan 23.