The National – Friday, February 11, 2011
By HENRY MORABANG
BROWN Eagles coach Pedro Kinawai must play his cards right if he wants to win this weekend’s match against Bears in Port Moresby men’s A grade softball.
The Eagles were leading 5-2 at the bottom of the third inning but surrendered to Stingerz, who scored six unanswered points in the last two innings to win the match 8-5 last week.
The defection of two players to Gazelle could rock the boat but Eagles’ Troy Taule and company have proved they can handle pressure games.
Bears have arguably the best coach in business at the helm but it is up to the players to execute the game plan.
Veteran Bears Joe Avuchulas and Willie Petali must stand up to lead their young charges on the softball diamond on Sunday afternoon.
Brothers, after their second win on the trot last week, will be aiming for the third when they take on Stingerz.
Coach Jonathan Sogai should not have to do anything drastic to get the brethren up for this game.
However, in recent weeks, Sogai and several senior players have shown an arrogance when dealing with match officials.
PNG Power take on Gazelle in the afternoon’s third match.
Gazelle, after their maiden victory over Dolphins last week, will need to back up that effort to get the win over Power.
This match will be decided by the pitcher and short-stop combinations.
Power has the Tovia’s Danny and Isikel Jr, who should give Tony Karani and veteran Patrick Pilak a good challenge.
In the other match, Dolphins’ pitcher Tony William needs to put away his sledging antics in order to get on with the job of pitching.
Definitely, Dolphins will find Stanley Tavul’s Kopex hard to beat while Defence should cause an upset against Mantarays.