By HENRY MORABANG
REIGNING champions PNG Power of Port Moresby stamped their authority in the opening day of the 2010 InterOil National Club softball challenge in Port Moresby by defeating Mantarays 7-1 yesterday.
PNG Power and Mantarays are in pool B while the other two Port Moresby teams, United Brothers and Lae Biscuit Gazelle, are in pool A.
In the other pool B match, Lae Manolos thrashed Tabubil Karanas 9-3.
The results for the other pool matches between PNG Power and Mt Hagen Brown Eagles, Lae Manolos and Madang’s Newtown Tigers and Mantarays against Tabubil Karanas were not available at press time.
In pool A matches, United Brothers edged out fellow Port Moresby team, Lae Biscuit Gazelle 9-8, Lae Marlins beat Eagle Rangers of Tabubil 3-1 and Madang O9ers proved too strong for Lae Marlins to win 6-2.
The results for the other matches were not available.
In the women’s matches, Stingerz of Port Moresby beat Lae Manalos 8-5 in pool B.
In pool A, Budget Real Estate Wantoks were too good for former champions Bears winning 6-4.
PNG Softball Federation director and vice-president Ralph Tarasomo said he was pleased with the outcome of the matches yesterday.
He said Port Moresby teams seemed to dominate the opening day but as the tournament progressed, anything could happen with outside teams pushing for spots on the top.
The Port Moresby men’s teams are in peak form and their likely threat will be from Madang 09ers and Newtown Tigers.
Tarasomo also thanked the clubs for making their way to Port Moresby to be part of the championships.
“It really shows that some clubs outside Port Moresby are financially sound and can make trips to Port Moresby,” he said.
The softball competition continues today.