A K25,000 prize money and shield is up for grabs as the Hela Wigmen host the Mendi Muruks this Sunday at the Joseph Keviame Oval.
The Heli Solutions sponsored “Brothers in Arms” shield and cash prize will be given to the winner of what is expected to be a big showdown for supporters to flock into Mendi for the fourth round of the Digicel Cup in the north-east pool.
Hela Wigmen board chairman, Andy Hetra said that they will face a Muruks side brimming with young talent that can be dangerous if given leeway.
“Muruks are a quality side with young talents and we have a lot of respect for them. They can cause havoc if they at their best and the Wigmen are wary of that.
“Wigmen are coming back from a bye last week. The bye was good for recuperation.
“Preparation has been excellant this week. It has been a good start to the season with two wins but all are in working progress,” Hetra said.
The Kemele construction sponsored side will be relying on evergreen Joseph Omai to lead the forward pack with former Kumul George Moni who has been impressive coming back from a long injury layoff.
Charlie Wabo will be steering the ruck with Kewa Kili and young William Mone calling the shots at half.
Muruks coach Ruben Ruing said the Wigmen have experience on their side but has faith in his young charges.
“Most of our players are made up of young men in their early teens. We will be going up against seasoned players in Wabo, Moni and Kili but I have faith in my boys.
“We will be sticking to our same game plan except for a few minor changes to the team,” Ruing said.
The PRK sponsored side will be looking to experienced players in forwards Isaac Mel and Werr Mark to steer the side. Muruks Team: 1. Joe Joshua, 2. Nathan Berry, 3. Samuel Samson, 4. Wesley Benny, 5. Joey Ambrose, 6. Danny Son, 7.Josuah Molsie (c), 8. Werr Mark (vc), Stanley Olo, 10. Nelson Rami, 11. Issac Mel, 12. Ape Made, 13. Oddias Kengi. Res: 14. Josiah Keviame, 15. Samson Otmar, 16. Allen Anton, 17. Cedrick Ero, 18. Vincent Kink. Coach: Ruben Ruing, Trainer: Seth Mulu.
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