THE traditional rivalry between the two oldest clubs, Moresby and Koboni, is back on the trot for tomorrow’s grandfinal show down in National Capital rules football.
Both teams have met each other in the grandfinal five times in the past with Koboni taking out three and Moresby winning two.
Koboni have continued to dominate the scene winning a total of 14 premierships out of 19 appearances.
The Demons’ last premiership victory was in 1999 but they shared the honours with West after both clubs had ended up in a draw.
Koboni’s dominance fell apart in 2000 after the mass exodus of their premiership players to University Bulldogs.
Moresby, on the other hand, made the grand final once more in 1990 but lost to West when the club was then dominated by players from Pomio, Kandrian and Siassi.
They now have a new breed of players, mostly from the Hoskins area of West New Britain province, who have greatly lifted Moresby, entering the grand final in the last three years but consecutively losing to Uni Bulldogs in 2006 and then to West in 2007 and again to Uni Bulldogs last year (2008).
This is their fourth consecutive grand final appearance and new coach Casper Gelu is confident of a victory this time.
His stars for victory would be dominant forwards Stanis Isu, Sebby Gelu, Zachary and Sandy Rava while Alois Baleko, John James, Paul Tika, Robert Lamboku, Francis Brown, Bruce Sovara, Jack Dick and John Isu should provide heaps of assistance in the midfield and halfback line.
Koboni, on the other hand, have experienced grand finalists in Rex Leka, Overa Gibson, Vagi Lai, Lailai Ila, Junior Aria, David Evertius, Blacky Brandon and Mathew Ray.
Their experience should maintain composure for Koboni with able assistance from a young pack.
The game hangs in the balance and it should go right down to the wire with the fittest team to scrape in the dying seconds.