Dabaris remain upbeat despite round six loss to Mioks


CENTRAL Dabaris say they are staying positive despite losing 12-24 to Enga Mioks in round six of the Digicel Cup at the Aipus Oval in Wabag last Sunday.
Coach Steven Gunua told The National yesterday that there were 12 more rounds before the finals, and his men were still in contention to for the September playoffs.
The Central government-sponsored side have so far won two games and recorded four losses to sit 10th on the 12-team ladder. “If you look at all the games we have played this season, we have been competitive,” Gunua said.
“We are progressing well, but it’s just the basics that we need to get right. The game against the Mioks was good. We were still in it for most of the match, but it just slipped away.
“It comes down to little things like completions and line speed.
“These things add up and have an impact on the outcome.
“If we can improve in those areas then there is no doubt that we can make the finals this season.” The scores were levelled at 12-12 at halftime in Wabag, but the Mioks came back strongly in the second half and scored two tries to win.
Meanwhile, Gunua said he was excited about the performances of winger Douglas Pirika so far this season. “Douglas has become a try-scoring sensation this season,” he said. “He is scoring tries in every game. He scored a hat-trick against Mt Hagen Eagles in round five, and bagged a try in Wabag last week.
“I am happy with his form.
“We’re hopeful that he continues to do what he does best on the wing.
“We are fortunate to have him with the club this year,” said Gunua last week.