Thursday, August 12, 2010

Royals a step away from grand final

THE Allan Bird-sponsored Bangui Royals moved closer to a grand final berth when they edged out glamour team Ela Diwai 11-10 in the semi-finals of the  Globe Madang Rugby Football League last Sunday.
The game between the police team and Divine Word University students at the Ron Albert Oval was a strong arm-wrestle with both sides giving little away except their poor completion of sets.
Diwai front man, Graham Paulus said the DWU students gave the game away with poor options and would do their best when they take on the winners of the mid-week match between Raibus Panthers and Hawks.
Royals will now play minor premiers, LBC Warriors on Sunday to confirm who books the first grand final berth in the tussle for the inaugural Globe Cup sponsored by Globe Manufacturing Ltd (formerly James Barnes Ltd).
Warriors, who are on bye, welcomed the return of their three representative players, Ezekiel Roka, Roger Koyomu and Kembol Kaikipae from Northern Zone duties in Goroka and coach Chris Sibet said they were geared up for a good game.
Panthers and Hawks are playing the mid-week match after they were not able to complete their game on Sunday because it was getting dark with Panthers leading 16-8 and 15 minutes was left on the clock.
In the U19 division, Royals defeated Panthers 12-4 and will also play minor premiers Warriors on Sunday.
Diwai forfeited Norths and will advance to play Panthers.

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