By HENRY MORABANG
THE prize money for the Pr Isaac Joseph Cup rugby league competition was evenly spilt between two grand finalists Lorma Tarangau and Kawaso Hawks after they drew 6-6 after extra time.
According to president of Mendi RFL Joseph Ungia, the grand final showdown was intense with two teams looking for ways to score points.
Instead of awarding the prize money to the team who scored the first try as per international rules, the executive decided that the first prize money of K3,000 be split and given to two finalists for playing in the grand final.
Bulldogs collected the third prize money of K800 while Giluwe Tigers pocketed K500 for being the fourth best team in this year’s MRFL season.
Ungia said the five-month long rugby league competition attracted eight teams from Mendi town and the surrounding villages.
He said the grand final was officially kicked off by Member for Imbonggu Francis Awesa, who was in company of the patron of the Mendi RFL, Pr Joseph, and Kawaso Limited representative Kose Hewago.
Hewago had to stand in for Kawaso Limited managing director Kossy Sosoro, who was unable to attend due to licence-based benefits sharing agreement (LBBSA) forum taking place in the Highlands.
Ungia said about 5,000 supporters from the surrounding villages travelled from as far as Western Highlands province to witness the grand final.
During the presentation, Pr Isaac congratulated the Mendi Rugby League officials, Ungia, Richard Awesa (secretary/treasurer) and Buckley Tensa (match committee) for taking the lead in organising the competition.
The competition was first initiated by Pr Joseph to restore peace and harmony among the youth and the tribesmen in Mendi district who had been fighting for some years.