Gabutu win minor title in Moresby South league


GABUTU Dragons recorded wins to claim the women’s and Under-20 minor premierships in round 15 of the Moresby South Rugby League competition at Moresby South Stadium on Sunday.
Dragons Women, boasting a superior point differential, beat Sub City Raiders 12-6 to leapfrog them into pole spot, and Gabutu U20s triumphed over Vadavada United 4-0 to claim minor honours.
Finishing on 22 competition points each, Dragons, 2-Mile United, Raiders and Joyce Bay Roosters claimed the top-four spots for the finals, which would be held after a week’s break.
Kone Eagles (19), Vadavada United (19), Korobosea Souths (12) and 6-Mile Crows (9) secured the remaining spots for the top-eight finals.
In Sunday’s clash, Dragons fielded Papua New Guinea representatives Elisabeth Paisoi and Carol Francis, who played well alongside promising talents Yvonne Mora and Jafinda Sap.
They used their experience to put Raiders under tremendous pressure, especially in defence which allowed them to come out victors after both sides were locked at 6-6 at the break.
Sap, who was named as the player of the match, and Roselyn Tuku stole the show, each scoring a try and taking their own sideline conversions.
Raiders opened the scoring through a try by Mini Peter, and Flora Yanu made no mistake with the conversion.
“Credit should go to all our players for committing themselves to the regular season,” Paisoi said.
“Despite securing the minor premiership, we still have finals football ahead. We want to go on and complete the double, but we have to work extra hard to earn it.”
Dragons president Moses Kumbi said they earned the minor premierships through hard work and consistency all season.