By TRAVERTZ MABONE
GULF province has produced some of Papua New Guinea rugby league greats like Jack Metta, Tuksy Karu and the Kouru brothers Joshua, Gideon and Haoda – just to name a few.
However, that crop of talent seemed to have faded away and there is a need to scout for raw talents to follow the footsteps of some of these rugby league stars from the province.
As a result, the East Kerema local level government (LLG) through the newly-formed Moripi-Toma tournament is looking towards reviving the game with hopes of exposing some of their raw talents.
The challenge sprung after a three-year competition had been taking place in Iokea village and now will include villages around the Moripi area.
The event will be held at Iokea village from Saturday to Sunday.
Santos Constructions owner and major sponsor George Toto said it was the fourth time this year to sponsor the tournament, and therefore, decided to include participants from neigbouring villages.He said the aim of the tournament was to expose some raw talents and keep the youths away from unethical behaviour and bring harmony to the area.
The tournament will also provide avenues for the young men to excel and, hopefully, find themselves playing with other clubs.
Toto said arrangements were currently underway with the Kone Tigers Rugby League Club in Port Moresby to provide opportunities for players to join up with the club.
Once outstanding players are selected to join the Kone Tigers they will also be engaged to work under Santo Construction.
Toto also urged all leaders in the area to come forward and help develop the sport in Gulf.
He added the door was open for them to support the initiative.
Toto is offering K2,000 in prize money to the winning team and the privilege of hosting the tournament next year.