The National Monday, December 13, 2010
THE Southern Region rugby league nines final was put off to a later date after spectator violence all but ended last Friday’s matches at the Lloyd robson Oval in Port Moresby.
The final was disrupted after disgruntled supporters of various teams started a fight in the outer stands which poured on to the playing field and would have continued if not for police intervention.
Central Governor Alphones Moroi, who sponsored the tournament with K50,000 last week declined comment but must be upset at the incident.
The cup grand final has been postponed indefinitely and organisers are yet to confirm any course of action in the aftermath of the violence.
Tournament director Ivan Ravu said the final game would be put to a later date after the organisers resolved certain issues which led to the fight.
It is believed the six-day rugby league tournament ended on a sour note after disgruntled supporters from two opposing teams (named) fought among themselves resulting in the fight and causing several casualties last Friday.
Witnesses have also confirmed stabbing of an individual during the fight.
Meanwhile in last week’s plate, bowl and pennant grand finals, Porebada Broncos beat Mirokoivi 24-14 to claim the K2,500 prize money and the plate while Baruni Eagles went down fighting 20-16 to Maopa Kaikolo in the bowl grand final and the TI Nadis saved face after claiming the pennant award with a 20-14 victory over Mirotech Sharks.
They also pocketed K850 prize money.
The runner-up for the plate scored themselves K2,000, while K1,000 went to the bowl runner-up and K550 for the pennant runner-up.
An announcement will be made on the cup grand final but it will most likely be this month.