The National – Tuesday, December 7, 2010
By KEVIN TEME
Current Southern Regional nines rugby league champion Gavuone LB Tornados continued their winning form crushing Keagolo 28-6 on day two of the tournament yesterday.
With an estimated 3,000-plus strong crowd, the Tornados showed their class storming home with five tries to one over Keagolo.
Led by former PNG Pukpuks sevens international Kojo Ware and skipper Raikarawa Moere, the Aroma Coast boys ran in three converted tries in the first half and added two more in the second half.
Ausa Tauro was the only try scorer for Keagolo in the second half.
Tries for the Tornados came from Joe Barewo, a double from Makara Ura, Ware and Willie Kingsford putting the team in a good position for a cup play-off berth tomorrow.
Porebada Broncos led by Davis Mea remian the Tornados main threat while Poreporena Rhinos and Vewala Pelagia Blacks have also won their matches after day two of the Alphonse Moroi Cup.
Broncos beat Taota Mantas 34-8 and Rhinos also made their presence felt with a 20-8 victory over Maopa KV.
All these teams have been consistent in their performance since the start of the tournament however Tornados head coach Gamu Tete is confident his boys can defend their title.
“The results speak for it self and I’m confident we will defend our title,” a happy Tornados head coach Gamu Tete said.
Meanwhile, this year’s prizemoney has increased to K25,000 in total from last year’s K20,000.
The cup winners get K7,000, while the runners-up K3,000.
Plate winners gets K2,500 and runners-up K2,000.
K1,500 has been set for the bowl winner while its runner-up gets K1,000.
Tournament director Ivan Ravu said this year with a huge number of teams they had increased more number of teams for the playoff giving more opportunities for other teams as well as increasing the prize money for this year.
This has also made way for pennant prizes (K850 and K550).
Other consolation prizes are also on offer with all teams that make the finals rewarded with cash prizes.