of the semi-professional rugby league competition beating five-time champions,
the Agmark Gurias 34-8 in the grand final yesterday in Lae.
Construction-sponsored franchise dominated the Gurias in all areas, including
physically and mentally to satisfy an army of supporters most of whom drove into
the Morobe capital from Hela and Southern Highlands.
The Wigmen showed their
intent in opening minute with an aggressive gang hit on Gurias veteran prop
Rodney Pora, causing former Kumul to lose the ball.
Wigmen winger and
man-of-the-match, Dickson Paul, kicked a penalty for the first points of the
final, before the Gurias unleashed their potent backline, with winger William
Akuila scoring the opening try, which fullback Jason Misian failed to convert
for a 4-2 lead.
The Gurias showed more of that backline potency when their
other winger Chris Jerry scored an unconverted try for an 8-2 lead.
veteran and former Kumul prop George Moni barged over for a try Paul converted
and the Helas drew level with the East New Britons.
The Wigmen took
the lead again when Paul pounced on a loose ball to sprint 50-metres to score
his side’s second try.
Leading at 12-8, Hela winger Jeremy Ludwick proved too
strong for his opposite number Jerry to score extending his side’s lead to 16-8
The second half belonged to the Wigmen. Ludwick grabbed his
second try after taking as lob from five-eighth Samuel Kili, who temporarily
took over the kicking with a successful goal for a 20-8 lead.
fullback Felix Tangue’s break to set up hooker Weza Tenza all but ended the
Gurias hopes, with the New Guinea Islanders looking like they wanted to be
somewhere else then in front of a partisan Hela crowd at the Lae Rugby League
Another penalty after the Tenza try saw the Wigmen move to
Wigmen prop Benjamin Hetra charged onto a William Mone pass to end the
game at 34-8.