The Central Touch Association took out the National Touch Championships with a gutsy win over defending champions, CPTA, yesterday.
Having been runners up for consecutive years, it was time for revenge for the Central Touch Association, CENTA, as they took on a star studded CTPA. With a vocal crowd behind them, it took a run-away intercept to seal victory for CENTA, after having their backs to the wall for much of the match.
After four years at the pinnacle of PNG Touch Rugby, their supremacy would be tested as four denied tries capped off the first half.
It wasn’t until the drop off, where individual players are removed after two minutes of extra time, did the four-man CENTA hit back, intercepting and scoring from full length, against the run of play.
In the Open Women’s division, PNG champions CPTA held off the advances of the PNG Maganis in a closely fought encounter. CPTA Captain, Vavine Yore said, the quality of the competition had improved.
For losing captain, Angela Watego, the experience of being back in Papua New Guinea was memorable. Previously, President of the PNG Touch Federation Dadi Toka jnr had said that with the Touch Rugby World Cup in 2019, that now was the time for PNG to step up and be noticed.
Teams from centres as far as Manus, Oro and the Momase Region all participated in the National Championships.