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Monday, September 04, 2006

To'abaita student grabs "Man of the Match" award in National Soccer League match in Lae, PNG

An upcoming To'abaita soccer talent and UPNG student has been awarded the "man of the match" prize during the opening of the National Soccer League, in front of a vocal crowd, in Lae yesterday.

The 19-year-old Barnabas Maesubua who hails from Darawarau Village in North Malaita was described by the PNG media as simply outstanding to the liking of the local crowd. Maesebua and Eric Komeng combined well with their midfielders Lawrence Diau and Ingia to ensure their striking duo of Jack Samani and Kema Jack were within reach of their opposition's territory. Mr Barnabas Maesubua received K100, a T-shirt and cap courtesy of Ela Motors as part of his prize.

Sports reports from Lae stated that the curtain raiser match of the National Soccer League was between PNG's President XI and Solomon Islands U20 side, which saw the Solomon Mamulas coming from behind to force a 2-2 draw in wet footy conditions.

The NSL launch, which featured the Lae-based Blue Kumuls and Port Moresby side PRK South was officially kicked off by Lae MP Bart Philemon. Other guests included Madang MP Alois Kingsley, Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Gari Baki, National Broadcasting Corporation managing director Joseph Ealedona, businessman and PNG Rugby Football League president Sir Bob Sinclair.

PRK Souths wasted no time into the first half as Solomon Islands import and midfielder Abraham Iniga found the back of the net from outside the 18-metre just five minutes into the game. Souths, who looked the better side on the day with six of their players recruited from the neigbouring Solomon Islands, were set to be in command with their backline led by Jacob Pekau, Leslie Puia, captain Brian Tuhiana and Tasola Niebo up to the task marring the policemen's onslaught. A second half PRK South goal was scored by Jack after a through ball from Solomon player Jack Samani. The Blue Kumuls scored their first goal just before half-time and scored the second equalising goal in the 89th minute of play. The match ended in a 2-all draw.

Therefore, TARD executives would like to congratulate young Barnabas Maesubua for his recent achievment in the history of Papua New Guinea's highest soccer league as this has contributed to the promotion of personal excellence amongst North Malaita people whilst restoring a good image to the North Malaita region.

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