Tatana teams Vikings, Dolphins lock horns in grand final


TATANA teams Vikings and Dolphins lock horns in the Motu-Koita Rugby League A-Grade grand final at the Papua New Guinea Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.
Named after United Kingdom second-tier outfit Widnes, Vikings will be spurred the memories of late PNG Kumul Kato Ottio. Ottio’s mum Joyce Ottio is an active member of the club.
Former Canberra Raiders squad member Ottio was to continue his playing career with the then English Super League outfit but passed away in January last year after suffering a “heatstroke” while taking part in a road run with the SP Hunters to keep himself fit.
Vikings are favoured to bag their second premiership in their third straight grand final.
Vikings were joint premiers with Baruni Eagles in 2017 but lost to the same opposition last year. Captain Greg Misi will be supported by Linus Dick, Opao Ottio, Ronnie Dabu, Heni John and Igo Kila.
Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Haoda Kone says they have nothing to lose as underdogs.
“We are confident of doing well against an experienced Vikings side,” he said. “Our halves combination of Vincent Hugh and captain Beika Boe, and hooker Kila Henao should steer the side around the park.”
Dolphins Captain Boe said: “We have to get our defence right so it complements our attack with the help of forwards Lohia Lohia, Thunder Martin and David Bellam.”