The National, Thursday 5th January 2012
CALTEX Brothers, Wewak Ace 2 and Eastern Stars were crowned winners of the MS Wagambie Lawyers soccer challenge held in Wewak, East Sepik during the Christmas weekend.
Caltex Brothers from Kreer Heights beat Defence from Moem Barracks 2-0 in the division one and Wewak Ace 2 edged All Saints 2-1 in division two.
In the women’s division, Eastern Stars of Wewak Futsal Soccer defeated Sukaps of Mandi village on the east coast of East Sepik.
Interim committee chairman Jimmy Korei said yesterday the tournament was a success.
Korei, a former Port Moresby representative player, said the winners in both men’s divisions collected K2,000 each while the runners-up bagged K900.
He said teams that finished in third and fourth placings picked up K800 and K700 respectively.
In the women’ division, the Stars picked up K900 while Sukaps collected K800.
Third and fourth place teams walked away with K700 and K600 respectively.
Korei said 18 teams competed in division one and 16 in division two while five battled it out in the women’s division.
The committee thanked the principal of the law firm, Michael S Wagambie, for sponsoring the tournament.
Apart from this event, other tournaments that attracted huge crowds were the Somare and Momase Cups.
Wagambie spent more than K30,000 for walk-on T-shirts for 39 teams, referees and officials uniforms, transport, cash prizes and other expenses.
The committee also thanked Bits and Pieces and Trukai Industries for providing 40 10kg bags of rice, T-shirts, water bottles and balls.
The committee was impressed with the quality of football displayed during the tournament.
The town also experienced a quite and peaceful weekend over the festive season.
More than K11,400 was given out as cash prizes, 28 trophies for teams, consolation prizes, fair play and acknowledgment awards.
The committee also distributed 30 medallions to individual players and team managers in different categories.
Wagambie said from Wewak he would continue to support the tournament.
“I have done it for the last two years and will continue for the next two years at the same time and place (Wewak),” he said.