Gulf Isou

Cutters hold out a luckless Isou

The win has elevated the WNB franchise to 3rd place on the competition points table (8 points).

Cutter’s narrow win has again left the Gulf franchise winless since the 2024 Digicel ExxonMobil Cup season started, a far cry from their reasonable winning track record over the past three seasons under current head coach, Roger Laka.

Isou desperate for a win

The Round 6 blockbuster triple header kicks off at 11am with original  Intercity traditional arch rivals, East New Britain Agmark Gurias and Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers before Kroton Hela Wigmen lock horns with Gas Resources Central Dabaris at 2pm.

Dabaris, Isou Trials

This included several trial games played at the Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby last  Saturday to consolidate their playing rosters.

Dabaris and Isou will use the two trials as a platform to give the new talents they scouted, the benefit of the doubt before finalizing their squads for 2024.

With a lot of raw talents on show and competing for spots, the physicality and intent of the game got the better of the players at times resulting in either big knocks or dangerous plays.

Garamuts renew Isou sponsorship

This is the 3rd consecutive year Garamut has come on board to support the club in its endeavour to stay competitive in the country’s semi-professional rugby league competition.

Vipers too strong for Isou

With all the hype about their big offseason recruitment drive and the high expectations from fans, foundation club and the flagship of the nation’s capital, Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are starting to show their dominance and class in the Digicel Exxon Mobil Cup.

Vipers have recorded 3 wins out of 4 on the trot and look to continue their winning form in their pool matches.

Against Isou on Sunday, Vipers made no secret about what their game plan was, with a dominant opening first half that kept their opponents on the back foot for the entire contest.

Evara is Isou assistant coach

Evara still loves his rugby league just as much as he was playing the game back in his heyday since 2010. A trailblazer and survivor of the original Gulf Isapea, Evara continues his involvement with the game today after his swansong in 2021 under current entity PRK GULF Isou.

Coming back to the club after retirement to help mentor and groom the next generation of rugby league players was a testament for the love of the game; and more so to impart his knowledge and experience to local players with Gulf heritage to play at the next level.

Isou faces Blacks in trials

This is the first trial for Isou Development team after several weeks of training.

Isou head coach, Roger Laka, team manager Raymond Aru and trainer Lawrence Tuu ensured on training abilities of the fringe players and new comers to the unit.

Laka said, “We’ll be trialing these players to see their quality especially their fitness and skills levels with consistent performance.

Cutters Record Back To Back Win

Two weeks ago, Cutters thrashed JPG Waghi Tumbe 28-0 in Kimbe followed by Sunday's hard fought win over PRK Gulf Isou 10-4 in Port Moresby.

In only their fourth season since entering the Digicel Cup in 2019, the Cutters are slowly but surely finding their feet in the semi-professional competition.

In its second season 2020, the Kimbe team had an impressive run and got the Best Team of the Year award after just falling short of top six in 7th place.

Isou Meets Muruks

Isou after conceding their first loss in five weeks at the hands of Vipers last week will be keen to make amends against Muruks.

There will be no love lost when third placed Gulf Isou and sixth spot Mendi Muruks meet at the Santos National Football Stadium.

Isou coming off their first loss last week will be looking for a big improvement in their game especially on the defensive front.

Head coach, Roger Laka lamented that complacency took the better of his boys in last week match and they need to start strongly on Sunday.

Isou first loss

Vipers scored all their 28 points in the first half with tries to Manu Soli, William Tirang, John Stanley and Peter Mondo, Yunny Patrick kicked 4 goals from 5 attempts.

Isou's first points came from a converted try by Jerry Teme just before halftime.

After the break, Isou came out of the tunnel showing a lot of resilience in the 2nd half to score two tries in back to back fashion through Woods Kawage and Teme, while David Joseph’s 3 from 3 kick cut down the deficit by 10 points at 18-28 Vipers.