The National, Wednesday 12th June 2013
By ROBSON AKIS
RISING youngsters, Damien Kani and Jeremy Kase shared the goal-kicking honours to put Taurama Suns back on the track in the Port Moresby AFL.
The Suns, after being riden hard at training by coach Cornelius Popau following their shock loss to Gerehu Magpies last week, stepped up to beat Koboni by 22 points at Amini Park on Sunday.
Kani and Kase kicked three majors each while Chris Mong, Robert Gogens and Petrus Waluka each snapped a goal to post a 9.7 (61) to 6.3 (39) victory to remain a force with for the top honours.
The Demons had strong performances from Elijah Dao, Tau Morove, Tapu Henry, Pala Renagi, Alu Tokau and young Lailai Ila Jnr but just could not match the relentless pace set by Suns Ferdinand Musi, Jeffery Namete, Billy Vele Jr and young Gideon Hauta in the mid-field.
The Demons champion goal kicker Richard Rawali never saw much of the ball but still managed three goals to keep the 2009 champions in contention.
The Demons trailed by seven points at three-quarter time with the scores at 6.3 (39) to 5.2 (2).
They had the wind behind them in the final quarter but failed to use that advantage to launch a comeback and were out-enthused by the Suns.
In the mid-afternoon clash a youthful Bomana Cats from the AFL Academy at De La Salle Secondary School shrugged off a strong Gordon Kokofas 7.6 (48) to 7.3 (45).
On Saturday at the Taurama Barracks Oval Gulf Giants beat Gerehu Magpies 9.8 (62) to 6.12 (42) while competition leaders Dockers shredded University Tigers 10.9 (6) to 1.2 (8).
The unofficial ladder: Dockers 36, University Tigers 28, Bomana Cats 24, Gordon Kokofas 24, Taurama Suns 20, Koboni 16, Gulf Giants 16, Gerehu Magpies 8, Defence Hawks 8 and Central Bombers 0.