VIOLENCE reared its ugly head once again in rugby league this time in the popular National Capital District Governor’s Cup yesterday.
The incident happened when Erima Wanderers supporters frustrated over a decision by Port Moresby Rugby League referee Gerry Kaiuk assaulted, then chased him and the Six-Mile Tigers players.
The preliminary final match at Kone Tigers oval will now be re-played today at the same venue.
The incident stemmed from a shoulder charge by Six Mile Tigers player Stanley Ole on a Wanderers opponent.
Referee Kaiuk penalised Ole for the illegal tackle and awarded a penalty to Wanderers, which Ole continuously challenged.
That angered the Wanderers supporters who invaded the field and chased Ole and his Tigers team-mates.
Unfortunately for Kaiuk he was assaulted in the process and ended up with a swollen forehead.
There were three minutes remaining on the clock in the first extra time of 10 minutes when the score was locked at 12-12 after regulation time.
The invasion by the Wanderers supporters has received the ire of NCD Suburban Sports Association chairman Billy Aki said he had no choice but to organise police presence for today’s re-match and also for the grand final on Sunday.
Aki said the club will be penalised and its future participation in the competition and the Easter Cup next year has been jeopardised.
Aki has warned that police will not hesitate to arrest rowdy fans and trouble makers in this rematch and the grand finals.
On Christmas Day, Wednesday , Hohola Freeway Bumpers bundled out rival contenders NCD Suburban Ducks 12-10 in the semi-final and then knocked out Hohola Two 4-0 in the preliminary final.
They qualified for the grandfinal to await the winner of today’s re-match.
In the other Group one result Erima Wanderers edged out Dust Turf 4-0 in a rematch after they failed to score in extra time on Wednesday while Six-Mile Tigers beat Badili Warako 8-0.
On Sunday the grand final for the Bowl prize Ensisi Carpets meet Country Cowboys while in the Plate decider Dep Eels faces Hohola 6 Knights. The cash prize on offer for the Cup is K8,000, runners-up K5,000, Plate winner K3000, runners-up K2,000, Bowl winner K1,500 and runners-up K1,000.
Meanwhile, Morata Swans are holding a fund-raising dance at Sports Inn today. The national
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