Gulf village Iokea to host Southern Super League fixture


GULF’S Iokea village will host a welcome reception for the Southern Super League National Gaming Control Board Cup second-tier rugby league competition on Saturday, according to an official.
Gulf Isou Development manager Raymond Aru said Iokea was ready to welcome his team and Funeral Home Laumas with the village to host a tier-two rugby league match for the first time.
He said the provincial government was funding the round-three fixture.
League chairman Bagelo Solien and his deputy Gairo Pepena will attend the match, and assess the field and crowd.
After two rounds, hosts Isou remain without a victory while Laumas, who boast current and former Digicel Cup players, have recorded one win and a loss.
Isou will be without captain Smith Siviri who sustained an ankle injury in round one against Rigo Raiders at Kwikila, Rigo, Central.
But Iokea native Evera Torea will take the field for the home side.
To come out with a positive result, Isou’s spine will need to be on song after they were kept quiet by the Raiders and Koiari Nagavas in the opening rounds.
Last week, Isou lost 6-8 to Nagavas and Laumas were outclassed 6-20 by Moresby South Blacks.
At Sir John Guise Stadium tomorrow, Eda Bulldogs face Port Moresby Suburban Ducks and Port Moresby Vipers Academy battle Western Flames while Nagavas meet Motu-Koita Lagatois at Sogeri. On Saturday, the Raiders meet Central Dabaris Development before Blacks face Buria Reds on Sunday.
Ladder: Vipers 4, Dabaris 4, Blacks 2, Laumas 2, Ducks 2, Nagavas 2, Raiders 2, Flames 2, Buria 1, Bulldogs 1, Isou 0, Lagatois 0.