Kroton Hela Wigmen

Tigers outperform Wigmen

Tigers reversed the curse on their arch rivals from last year's grand final, at the Lae rugby league oval.


Both teams had remained undefeated this season and were joint competition leaders before Sunday's clash. 


The Tigers home crowd advantage was a big factor that got the home boys on the front foot from the opening exchanges.


Though Wigmen also had their share of supporters, Tigers were always one step ahead on the scoreboard and held on until fulltime.


Lahanis beat Wigmen in rnd 17

It was a slow start for both teams as they battled it out at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The first game of the triple header in Port Moresby started off under a slightly overcast sky.

It took eight minutes for the Kroton Hela Wigmen to finally find their footing and register a first try for the match.

Wigmen’s Daniel Tapol broke the ice by crossing over the right side of the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis’ line.

An unsuccessful conversion by Stanley Olo left the score at 4-nil.

Gurias too strong for Wigmen

The Gurias registered a 26-12 victory in the Digicel Cup round 13 match today.

The win came at a cost for the Gurias, who suffered a number of injuries at the hands of the aggressive Wigmen.

The round 13 Digicel Cup clash was a curtain raiser for the Hunters’ round 16 encounter against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

3 minutes into the match and the Gurias recorded 6 points, thanks to Philemon Taim and Solomon Pokare.

Triumphant afternoon for Wigmen

The hot Port Moresby heat did not deter the Wigmen in the Digicel Cup round 10 competition.

Less than 3 minutes into the game and Daniel Tapol flew over the Muruk’s tryline, registering the first score for the round 10 match.

A successful conversion by Stanley Olo saw the Wigmen lead with 6 points.

7 minutes later, Benjamin Hetra shouldered past 3 Muruks defenders for another try.

The Muruks responded a few minutes later with a try of their own. Unfortunately, an unsuccessful conversion by Warren Glare left the score at 12-4.

Wigmen take down Isou

Playmaker Stanley Olo was instrumental scoring a try and kicking two goals in the round five clash.

Tries to winger Daniel Tapol and Olo gave the Wigmen a 10-2 lead at the break.

The Gulf boys narrowed the deficit in the second half through Robert Mase followed by a penalty conversion from Jefferey Para, to bring the score to 10-8.

But Olo showed why he is one of the best in the game, sending in a charging Benjamin Hetra and then later setting up the match winner with another to Tapol.

Wigmen centre, Melvin Paul, picked up the man of the match award.

Wigmen getting back to basics

Roderick Puname’s men had too much class, beating the newcomers 26-6 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

“It was good bouncing back from the loss against the Tigers last week. It was quite embarrassing. We had a long talk after the game and wanted to get back to the basics and getting the small things right.

“That was the idea, working on the small things and making sure we competed for the 80 minutes.”

He said there is still a lot of work to be done.

Wigmen to mark respect for lives lost in quake

“It has been a turbulent past 4 weeks for us starting with the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Hela, Southern Highlands and parts of Enga, Gulf, Western Province and East Sepik where lives have been lost and properties destroyed,” said Wigmen board chairman, Andy Hetra.

Over the weekend, tribal fights escalated in the heart of the provincial capital in Tari, resulting in further loss of lives.

“These are trying time for us, having to represent a province that is torn by natural and manmade disasters.

Isou, Wigmen to play trial match as fundraiser

The event will be held at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

CEO of the PNGRFL, Reatau Rau, said the trial match will be the curtain raiser to the Intrust Super Cup Round 1 match between SP Hunters and Ipswich Jets.

“The purpose of having this trial match as a curtain raiser is to raise funds for the earthquake hit areas in the Highlands.

“Buckets will be placed at the entry gates and we urge all spectators coming in to drop a kina or two in the buckets.”

Gurias beat Wigmen for grand final spot

The early part of the first half was played in the Wigmen's half. Consecutive penalties to the Gurias brought them within striking distance and they looked certain to score.

A charge down from Gurias halfback, Stanley Olo on the forty meter line saw him re-gather the ball and race away to score on the wing in the 13th minute.

Do or die for Gurias, Wigmen

The game will kick off at 3pm at the PNG Football Stadium, Port Moresby.

“We need to cut down on our errors because teams score off our mistakes.

“The Gurias have a different style of football. They have the speed and we have to contain that,” said Wigmen coach, Roderick Puname.

“We just have to go back to basics. We have to make sure to defend, hold on to the ball and keep attacking,” said Gurias coach, Steven Nightingale.

The winner of tomorrow’s game will go on to play the Lae Snax Tigers on September 9 in the grand final in Port Moresby.