Original battle lines in place in corporate touch

CORPORATE Touch Port Moresby (CTPM) will have its annual industry-of-origin best of three games series kicking off in two weeks time.
And the Great Whites and Blues camps have begun their trial matches to select their respective final squads.
The 28 franchise clubs affiliated in the 2008 season and have been divided into two traditional camps depending on their core business activity. There is either an indoor white collar or an outdoor blue collar club. Blues were triumphant in the past two years and there is an air of revenge among the great White clubs.
“We want to lift ourselves up to another level and prevent the champion Blues from adding a third year to their glamorous record,” said junior vice-president John Bonot of BSP.
The first of the three games will be at the Sir John Guise Stadium during the day. All the franchise owners of corporate organisations are called on to pull their support behind their industry team.
The Blues team will be made up of Niuford Waterboard, Bishop Brother Engineering, Frangipani Hostel, InterOil, Plumbers and Builders Supplies, SP Brewery, PNG Ports Corporation, KK Kingston, Interior Delight, MGSS, Helifix and Digicel PNG.
The Great Whites are made up of champion club, BSP Smartbank, MVIL-Sunday Chronicle, Nambawan Super, Nasfund RMK Lawyers, Citi National, CTSL, Nationwide Catering Services, Courts PNG, PEIL, Oasis Apartments, Ela Motors, Boroko motors and Mineral Resources Authority.
The games will be used to select players, coaches and managers for the upcoming provincial championship in Lae in August.
From this a regional squad will be selected to represent Southern region in the national championships later in the year.
Meanwhile, the Lae Corporate touch kicked off its season with the annual pre-season knockout challenge, the Puma Supa Four, that was played during the Easter weekend.
In the men’s open division Wildcats won the final by defeating Younguns 5-4.
All weekend it was up and down, with close matches, draws and tough competition.
In the semi-final match up WildCats sprung an upset over last year’s premiers Gulf Poi 3-2 and Younguns outplayed Salamanda 5-3.
Royal Remixs claimed the 2008 Supa Four women’s title after beating Lombo Souths 1-0 in close encounter.
Player of the match Laura Andrew proved to be the difference scoring the try that broke the back of the young Souths team, giving Royal Remixs the title.

Source: The National (http://www.thenational.com.pg/032708/sport2.htm)


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