By KEITH PUARIA
TEN clubs go neck-to-neck to secure top spots as the Gerehu Touch footy competition swings into round six this weekend.
Apart from volleyball and basketball, the competition under the umbrella of the Gerehu Sports Association, returned this year after a four-year absence.
This year has seen 84 teams from 42 clubs, mostly youths from the Rainbow estates to Stage Seven in the Gerehu suburb, participating in the competition.
After five weeks of competition, teams will be battling it out hard to secure top places.
There are currently no clear leaders as yet, however, the battle is between Waika Bullets, Mudiki Storms, Tete Brothers, Bombers and LNG Cowboys all tied as they go into this round. The others are Rainbow and Country Warriors, Stage Two Edebamona Titans, Mix Mates, Block Eels and Broncos.
Talents from the local rugby union and league seasons have filtered the club ranks, and have brought about a touch of class to the competition, keeping the weekend rounds, entertaining to watch.
Leading clubs include Bullets, who boast the likes of Pukpuk sevens duo Coyne Kidi and Aloysius Baleko, Titans with hard-knocking Brothers rugby union hooker Mikes Alele and Storms, with Junior Pukpuk Joshua Posu.
The LNG cowboys are the favourites, with rugby regulars, Chuckie Kairi and Geno Susuve at the ‘wheelhouse’.
With 31 rounds left, the competition, under interim president Rex Buka, has brought the community together through sports and inevitably shed some light on Gerehu youths.