Image: Mabel Lalamo lining up her shot for Kiunga Team 1 in the women’s grand final on Sunday night at Gazebo Club, Tabubil. Kiunga beat Tabubil Women’s Team (2) 5-4.
Tabubil Men’s Team One (1) and Kiunga Women’s Team One (1) were both crowned champions of their respective divisions after successfully winning the first ever North Fly Dart tournament on Sunday October 29 at Gazebo Club, Tabubil.
In the men’s final, young gun Kingsley Laka orchestrated Tabubil Men’s Team (1) victory with good support from his captain, Louis Popal and vice-captain Kelly Kesawe.
Tabubil Team (1) destroyed Tabubil Team (2) in a cliff hanger, 5-4.
Earlier in the knockout stages Tabubil Team (2) defeated Kiunga Team (1), 5-2 to advance to the final, sending Kiunga Team 1 to face Tabubil Team (1).
Tabubil Team (1) managed to beat Kiunga before upsetting favourites Tabubil Team (2) who were led by their ever green captain, Victor Lapu and his deputy, Leonard Peruka.
Laka bagged the grandfinal’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) plus the award for the highest start in the men’s division, by scoring 140.
In women’s Kiunga Team (1) saved their best play for the last upsetting host Tabubil Team (2), 5-4 in another close match.
Kiunga’s Rita Tona put the icing on the cake checking out in her single match to deny Tabubil their first ever North Fly title.
Tona’s efforts were rewarded with her receiving the women’s grand final MVP award and also the award for the highest score of 140.
The other award winners include;
- Highest Start (Women’s): Wenica James-136 (Tabubil Team 2);
- Highest Score (Men’s): Bill Hiko-180 (Ningerum);
- Highest Score (Women’s): Mabel Lalamo-140 (Kiunga Team 1); Rita Tona- 140- (Kiunga Team 1) and Lucy Wairaf-140- (Kiunga Team 2);
- Highest Checkout (Men’s): Peter Jacob-101 (Ningerum);
- Highest Check Out (Women’s): Heau Peruka-115 (Tabubil Team 2);
- Player Of Tournament (Men’s) – Henrick Wairaf (Kiunga Team 1);
- Player of tournament (Women’s): Laura Nigs (Tabubil Team 2).
Executives for the North Fly Dart were also elected and they are Madaha Doriga- President (Tabubil); Jonathan Mesa-Vice President (Kiunga); Laura Nigs – Treasurer (Tabubil) and Joshua Mongot – Secretary (Ningerum).
Newly elected North Fly Dart president Madaha Doriga thanked teams from Kiunga and Ningerum as well as hosts Tabubil for making the first North Fly Dart tournament a success.
Doriga also thanked Gazebo Club president Akolo Kotange for their sponsorship towards the tournament as well as the club’s continuous support towards the sports of dart.