BY BENNY GETENG
TK Kona Stones have claimed the Lae Rugby League Grand Final after beating Kendo Royals 18-10 in front of a bumper crowd at Lae Rugby League Grounds.
The match was a thrilling display of attack and defence from both sides however Kona Stones stood to test the patience of Kendo Royals and claimed victory in the men’s A-grade division.
TK Kona Stones coach Arthur Kasek said his team stuck to the basics that led them to overcome Royals who are the minor premiers for the 2018 season.
He said several players that stood out for the team include his two centres and the prop forward who helped the side gain metres that helped the side to score points.
Lae Rugby Football League deputy administrator David Atua said the league began in April with registration followed by the season kicking off in May.
The competition started with 10 teams competing in each division.
He said after two rounds of the season, four weeks of elimination process began before the grand final on Sunday.
“The teams that participated are the ones that have fully complied with the requirements set by Lae RFL,” Atua said.
He said a total of 18 games each were played by each team in the two rounds of the competition.
Lae RFL administrator Adrian Chow whilst thanking the efforts of the officials said that true sportsmanship is played to respect the rules and the outcome of the game.
He said the league has been recognized by its efforts and thus hosted the Intrust Super Cup Country round match earlier this year and looks forward for the Test match this weekend when the PNG Kumuls take on England Knights.
He stressed the importance of all the sponsors of Lae rugby league that have helped keep the competition alive in the 2018 season and is encouraging more women’s participation.
“Lae has a potential for local talent that can be harnessed and mentored for local and national representation.”
He stressed that Lae Rugby League grounds are on standard and that he looks forward to next year’s season with more enthusiasm from teams that can meet requirements and participate in the competition.