The National, Tuesday October 29th, 2013
THE Mt Hagen Soccer Association had their grand final matches on Sunday at New Town.
Hundreds of soccer fans turned up at the field to witness the finals that ended on a high note.
Tamar edged out Nomads 3-2 in a shoot-out in the Under-21 final to claim the cup.
In the women’s division New Town United belted Nomads 4-2 in a shootout and BFC claimed the premier’s cup defeating Blue Kumuls 4-3.
More than K16,000 was given in cash prizes apart from the trophies.
Mt Hagen Soccer Association president Jonah Posa said it was the first time in 20 years for the province to host soccer finals.
Posa said soccer growth had stagnated over this period and this was the first time for the people to witness finals.
He said the Highlands region was a “stronghold” for rugby league but soccer could prosper and attract talent under good management.
“It’s good to see our effort to develop and promote soccer is getting a response from the people,” Posa said.
“Soccer used to be a popular sport in Mt Hagen and with events like this it will return to its former glory.”