Champions Prevail in POM 2008 IOO Series
Mighty Blues on Mother’s Day, Sunday 11th of May 2008 claimed their third consecutive Industry of Origin title to stamp their mark as the champion industry in Corporate Touch Port Moresby. The champions cruised home to the title with 6 games to 1 victory leaving opponents Great White searching for answers. Until Sunday the both camps were separated by a single point after two rounds of the 2008 Industry of Origin Series.
In the decider on Sunday the champions stepped up to another gear to demonstrate their dominance. They won the Juniors U/19 Grils contest 3-2, Junior U/19 Boys 4-3, Senior Mix 15-13, Open Mix 7-6, Open Women 4-1 and Open Men 5-3. The Great White camp saved some face when they beat the pre-match favorites 6-3 in the Masters match after unsuccessful attempts in the both earlier rounds. The White Collar camp almost won both Junior U/19 Boys and Open Men contests forcing both matches into extra-time “drop-off”, however the champion Blue Color camp survived in the end.
Mighty Blues Open Men Team won the SENTHYVAL KUMARASINGHE MEMORIAL TROPHY sponsored by International Training Institute (ITI) together with all the trophies for the various awards.
Individual player awards were made for standout and consistency both on and off the field throughout the 6-week period of the 2008 series:
Junior U/19 Girls- Suzie Aiden (Mighty Blues)_
Junior U/19 Boys – Norman Kavona (Great Whites)
Open Mix – Terry Kavoi/Mary Maino
Senior Mix – Timothy Mombi (Great Whites)/Alice Kila (Mighty Blues)
Open Women – Vavine Yore (Mighty Blues)
Masters – Gill Robinson (Great Whites)
Open Men- Tipen Manu – (Mighty Blues)
Player of the Series – Elizabeth Ali (Great Whites)
Most Improved Player – Steven Haro Junior & Peter Aisi Jnr (Great Whites)
Outstanding Referees: Mike Imo & Roa Kila.
The main game in the ‘blue-ribbon’ Open Men was officially kicked off by Sir John Dawanincura, Secretary General of PNG Sports Federation.
And the annual curtain-raiser mismatch between CTPM executives Dream Team and Sports Resporters Team Media was won narrowly by the Dream Team 3-2 with EMTV’s Dorothy Bengo , Cecil Devani and Noreen Dada played strongly for the visitors.
Compiled by McKanzie Maino - CTPM Operations Manager