Hawks fly into big game

By JOE GURINA

PORT Moresby Rugby League (PMRL) will host their grand final matches next Saturday that will see Hawks, a pioneer club, come on the fore.

Twenty-one years ago in 1996 Hawks entered the grand final against Defence but lost. However, no stone will be left unturned, as the new breed of players want to take some silver ware home.

Pioneer player in the team in the late 50s Sir Dadi Toka who partnered war veteran late Ben Moide says he is proud to have the team enter the grand final this year. He hopes to see better results at the end of the 80 minute football at the National Football Stadium (NFS) come Saturday.

The team will line up against Royals, one of the toughest clubs in the competition, on grand final day.

Under the helm of coach and former Kumul Daroa Ben Moide, he urging the Hawks to give it their best shot on the day.

Another former Kumul and Hanuabada Hawks product Philip Boge said in an recent interview that he is looking forward to the grand final to see the new breed take out some silver ware.

However, on the other side of the coin, we have Royals who are more precise in making the grand final unpredictable for their opponent.

Team manager Simon “Powerful” Maima is confident that the game will be a bruiser.

Royals have some flourishing history. They made it into the 1998 grand final against Brothers and won. After 16 years, the side successfully made it again into the 2014 grand final against Brothers again and won.

They lost two major semi finals in2015 and 2016 respectively to Hohola Flies and Paga Panthers.

“We have been very consistent playing in the finals and I’m sure we’ll capitalize on our experience,” Maima said.

“I know Hawks have very skillful players and they won’t be coming easy since making a comeback after 21 years,” Maima said.

“We’ve worked hard whole throughout the 2017 season to make up for a win and that’s the main focus of my boys.”

In the other grand final fixtures Tarangau will meet Kone Tigers in the Under 20 division while Paga Panthers and PRK Souths meet in the women’s premiership decider.

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