Vipers hungry for title


THE Port Moresby Vipers are hoping the addition of five SP Hunters players, including Ase Boas, will give them the edge over the visiting Enga Mioks on Sunday.
Along with fellow Hunters Enoch Maki, Keven Appo, Shane Haro and Brendon Gotuno, and Papua New Guinea Kumul Stargroth Amean, veteran Boas is expected to feature prominently in the home side’s Digicel Cup opener at Sir John Guise Stadium (3.30pm kick-off).
The Vipers last won the premiership in 2013, and it’s no surprise that the message to the players at the club’s campaign launch on Wednesday was to “restore the lost pride”.
“The Vipers are now working to regain the lost pride, re-build their faith and become a champion team once again,” said franchise chairman Dr Newton Albert.
“We haven’t gone on a player buying spree.
“They’re our players who’ve decided to come back home and despite not making the finals (last season), we still continue to produce some of the best players in this country.”
Under the guidance of former skipper Larsen Marabe, the Vipers fell short of last year’s finals and will be looking to start their campaign on a high note with the return of their stars, including for SP Hunter and Redcliffe Dolphin Thompson Teteh.
Meanwhile, Mioks coach Roger Laka told The National yesterday that they were optimistic about their chances despite the experience and quality in the Vipers.
“The Vipers are a star-studded side with a wealth of experience and it will be a big challenge for our players,” Laka said.


  • Big name players DO NOT matter in any game. Small boys can make a big difference in any game. Every player has bones, legs, hands, brain to display their individual skills and talents. May the best team team win. It’s like David vs Goliath!

  • Doesn’t matters , they can even play with the Digicel cup player’s.
    They also go through this process.
    With that , please my boys from Mendi MURUKS please give your Best.

    Thank you.

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