Eight in bid for Lae touch crown

The National, Thursday July 7th, 2016

THE revival of the Lae Touch Association has attracted eight teams for this year’s competition which is played at Scout Hall Oval in Eriku, Lae.
The association, which had produced its share of national representatives, closed down several years ago because of poor management.
But that should be a thing of the past as the new officials have vowed to restore the sport to its former glory while focusing on the family aspect. The association’s competition is into its third round this weekend with eight teams — Da Famili, Pikus, Jailbirds, SP Brewery, Barbarians, Sobras, Lae Biscuit and Prima — taking part.
Each team fields four divisions — juniors, open mixed, open women’s and open men’s.
In the last weekend’s games there were mixed results, with some matches ending in forfeitures.
The open mixed game between Barbarians and Pikus saw the Babas win 7-3. Barbarians led by former PNG representative Roger Solala and rising star Sammy Yaviro had enough pace and skill to romp home after a tight opening half.
The open men’s game was the main drawcard of the afternoon between Barbarians and Pikus  with both teams playing their hearts out to end in a 2-2 draw.
Sunday’s games are expected to another exciting contest with touch football supporters welcome to the field to see the action.