The National, Friday October 18th, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
LAE imports Sandra Birum and Dorcas Sesevo hold the key for a Mungkas victory when they take on Rapatona in the Port Moresby Women’s Super League grand final this weekend.
After the much delay, compounded by appeals, the women’s final showdown should provide fireworks from both sides.
Birum has been a wonder girl for Bougainville with her classy performances, while the fly-in, fly-out Sesevo has been the mainstay of the team’s back-line.
Both are members of the women’s national squad and will receive able support from midfielder Clare Tsuga, Joyce Tsuga, Lavina Hola, Fatima Rama and Alendra Elijah.
Mungkas will go into this final match of the season as the favourite.
Coach Robert Sabadi has downplayed the hype at being tagged favourite, saying his players would take the game as it came.
“We have been through many problems with the appeal, which affected our preparations, but we managed to pull through and are now in the finals,” he said.
Sabadi said his players respected Rapatona as worthy opponents on grand final day.
“Nothing must be taken away from the Rapatona girls,” he said.
Rapatona coach Clement Anisan and skipper Cathy Horris have been working overtime during in training on their speed to counter the Mungkas counterattacks.
Their players to watch are Deslyn Siniu, Deffany Flinders, Davina Novata and Hipak Pokichong.
Hipak has been a consistent performer throughout the season and that has been more than enough to convince the women’s selectors to give her a training spot in the 2015 Pacific Games squad. The women’s grand final will go down to the wire.
In the men’s Super League, all the games will return to Bisini Ground on the weekend after clubs amicably resolved outstanding issues at a special meeting last Sunday.
Pport Moresby Soccer Association general secretary John Mogi said half of the men’s team had not paid their K10,000 registration fee, which was why there were no games last weekend.