Bougainville and Madang Fox in final
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville will be proud of their open women division for making it into the grand final in the provincial touch football championship held in Port Moresby during the week.
It is their first time to take part in the championship where Lae, Madang, NCDC, East and West New Britain have been dominating for the last decade.
The Buka lasses have given a surprise to the nine provinces in the three day tournament.
Today will be no different as they prepare to take on NCDC in the open women’s division grand final to be played at the Lloyd Robson oval.
Yesterday Madang open women’s division was stopped on their way to victory when NCDC shot them 4-2 to book the grand final against newcomers, Bougainville.
Madang however fought back in the open men’s division led by the Mark brothers Eddie and Glen to beat NCDC 5-4 in a very close game.
The Mad Fox have been a very good side since inception in 1999 where they first stamped their mark in the national touch championship in Goroka during that year.
Late Oddie Mark’s services, a twin brother to Eddie, will be sadly missed after passing away early this year. In memory of him, the Mad Fox open men’s team have printed their yellow shirt with Mark’s face on it.
They have never looked back from the beginning of the tournament, finally outclassing NCDC to meet Morobe in the open men’s grand final.
The try scorers for Madang’s victory over NCDC were Eddie 2, Glen 2 and Roger Solala 1 and for NCDC Charlie Rupa 2, Elias Siong 1 and Danny Lahari 1.
A total of eight provinces took part in the three day event and they are Madang, NCDC, Milne Bay, Northern Province, Enga, Autonomous Bougainville, New Ireland, Lihir, East and West New Britain.
Meanwhile the grand final is slated for today at the Lloyd Robson oval in Port Moresby. In the other grand final today Oro takes on WNBP in the Under-19 division at 9 in the morning and New Ireland will lock horns with ENBP in the senior mixed division while in the open mixed, the Engans will battle it out with WNBP. Mad Fox is ready to go in with all guns blazing to meet the Morobeans in what should be an interesting game to watch at 2pm this afternoon.
Source: Post Courier (http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080829/frhome.htm)