NEWCOMERS to Port Moresby rugby league competition, Kone Storms, were a surprise package in the rugby league nines pre-season challenge over last couple of days with their fairy tale run into the final series of the Cup category.
After dethroning some of the old dogs, Paga Panthers, Dobo Warriors and Maiari Eagles, they have now booked their seat on the top of the table in the Cup division.
The boys from Konedobu have adopted the winning spirit from their suburban league into the capital city competition, causing headaches to the pioneer clubs, who will now have to look for a new formula to defeat the unknown talents.
They will continue their run into the Cup finals on Sunday against the soldiers at the Lloyd Robson oval.
The soldier boys in green will be all out to ambush the fired up Kone Storms.
The military regime under their commander and Kumuls representative Kevin Frank and Steven Jones are no nonsense players who will try to launch an early attack against the Storms open style of football.
In other cup play offs, West (2) will tackle Burtterflies, Paga to play Burtterflies and West will clash with Masta Mak Eagles from Hanuabada.
The losers in the cup division’s first play offs will be relegated to contest for the plate finals, while the winners advances for the semi-finals for the cup.
The heat is also on in the bowl category, with the eight teams out to make amends for their poor showing the opening round of matches.
First up, Kone Tigers will face off with Rovanama from Aroma, Royals to try out Tarangau and in a battle of traditional rivals, Hanuabada Bishop Brothers Hawks take on Magani.
Dobo Warriors will have a crack at reigning Port Moresby Rugby League 2009 champions, UMW Brothers.
Tournament coordinator, Greg Kauri, in an interview, told The National that all the matches would be played at the Lloyd Robson oval, with the kick off at 9am.
Games for the bowl competition will kick off the day followed by the plate and finals show down of the cup category.