By BURI GABI
IT will be the first time Bintangor Goroka Lahanis will be without some of their key campaigners when they meet the ACTL Lae Bombers in their first trial match in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, this weekend.
However, the departure of current Kumuls forward Sigfried Gande to reigning champions Agmark Rabaul Gurias and the exclusion of Garnet Auwo and stylish five-eightH Kasey Frank, will not deter the Lahanis when they meet the Bombers.
Lahanis deputy chairman Himony Lapiso said that despite some of the key players moving on in their rugby league career to other franchise teams, they had a very good mix of players in the team.
It is blended with experience and young talents, who have represented the junior Kumuls and the Highlands Zone U19 squad and will be out to stamp their mark this season in the bemobile Cup challenge.
The young players coming up the ranks in the Eastern Highlands franchise will be under the wings of their veteran campaigner Nigel Hukula.
Hukula will be a morale booster for his young guns after the departure of his partner John Milba, unquestionably the oldest campaigners in the competition.
The boys from Eastern Highlands have nothing to lose this weekend as they unveil their young talents in their first trial match, while their captain and current Telikom Kumuls Pacific Cup hero Glen Nami, marches out on the battle field with is regime to shut down the Bombers assault.