Mendi Muruks

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.

Tigers welcome rest

The top two teams – Lae Snax Tigers and PRK Mendi Muruks – will be on bye for the final playoffs this weekend.

Coach Stanley Tepend said the week’s break gives them time to get their bodies rested, especially the players carrying injuries.

“At this stage we know we’re playing the Muruks so we will go as underdogs as they beat us two weeks ago,” he stated.

“They were unlucky against the Vipers on Sunday but I know they will want to bounce back against us.

“Muruks are a good side with strike players everywhere.”

Muruks failed to hold fort

This saw the favourites go down to the visitors, 6-0, in Lae during Digicel Cup’s round 11 clash.

Twelve minutes into the game and the Vipers registered their opening try.

Five-eighth Yunny Patrick successfully converted to ensure a 6-point lead.

The Muruks, who were caught by surprise, valiantly tried to return the favour but were held at bay by determined Vipers defenders.

Muruks to maintain strategy

The dominant Lae Snax Tigers were forced to relinquish the top spot on the Digicel Cup ladder to the PRK Mendi Muruks after suffering their second loss of the season.

During Sunday’s round 10 clash in Lae, the Tigers repeatedly hit hard at the Muruks’ defense but to no avail. Their only saving grace was Max Vali’s 90-metre dash after catching a loose ball.

Despite winning the match on penalties, Muruks coach, Roderick Puname, said defense saw them through an otherwise tough challenge.

Mendi Muruks Clear Leaders

The win sees the Muruks move to outright first on the competition ladder with just one round of competition left, putting the Southern Highlands team in key position for the approaching finals.

In a tight encounter at the Tiger’s home ground, halfback Josiah kicked four penalty goals across the match to setup the win. Max Vali scored the only try for the game.

Vipers, Muruks clash end in tie

Disregarding their standing on the ladder, the Muruks came out physically to nearly upset the Vipers.

But a Supa George Fabian grubber ensured the scores were locked five minutes from full time.

It was a physical match from the go with both teams muscling up in defense.

But it was some brilliant running and dummying from Vipers halfback, Ate Bina Wabo, who opened the scoring.

The Muruks would respond 10 minutes later through some inside running from captain Jack Manda from a Leonard Alphonse pass.

Round 16 of Digicel Cup completed

In the games yesterday (Sunday), the PRK Mendi Muruks caused an upset, beating the Kemele Hela Wigmen 14-11.

The other upset came from the game between Waghi Tumbe and EPG Enga Mioks, where Tumbe came out victors winning 20-0.

Up at Goroka, PRK Gulf Isapea beat the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at home 14-12.

To Lae, the home side Snax Lae Tigers were too strong for the TNA Simbu Lions, handing them a 22-8 scoreline.

In the game on Saturday at the National Football Stadium, the Agmark Rabaul Gurias came back to beat the SNS Port Moresby Vipers 14-12.

Mendi Muruks names final squad for Digicel Cup

The team will be mentored and headed by newly appointed coach Jack Kereme.

Kereme said the 27 men squad boasts youth and experience with an additional six players under junior development.

Regulars include Andrew Ipi, Kewa Kili, Ape Nande and Jackson Undi.  PNG Hunter Timothy Lomai is also named in the squad.

Kereme said with all teams aiming for the grand final spot, his plan is to take one game at a time as they look forward to their first game against Goroka Lahanis.

Mendi Muruks select 44 men train on squad

Selection was done after the Awasa Cup tournament at the weekend where 18 teams throughout the districts took part.

Muruks team official Jack Kereme said the squad boasts youth and experience with over ten raw talents selected from district teams.

Regulars who have maintained their spot include; David Lapua, Andrew Ipi, Kewa Kili, Ape Nande, Jackson Undi and David Loko.

The 44 players will be divided into two teams, Mendi Black and Mendi White, to play each other this weekend in Mendi.

Eight teams confirmed for Awasa Cup finals

They are, Mendi One, TNT Jets, Poroma, Imbongu, Mendi Two, Kutubu, Lower Mendi and Upper Mendi.

The eight teams were among 18 that came from districts throughout the province to challenge in the round robin games played last weekend. 

They played in four pools with the top two in each pool qualifying while the rest of the 12 teams were eliminated.

The final play offs kick off on today with Imbongu taking on Upper Mendi in the first game.