THE Goroka Kilituas are primed to blow all before them for the K20,000 winners pay cheque in this weekend’s Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) National Sevens. Last year Goroka clubs — Silverbacks (Cup winner) and Nokondi Yagunas (Cup runner-up) stole the lime-light to pocket a cool K25,000 from the K32,000 on offer. MRDC has again come good with the total prize-money of K32,000 from a total package of K60,000 from their subsidiary companies Petroleum Resources Kutubu and Kutubu Security Services. This time, the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) has changed the format for only provincial sides to participate.
Other centres taking part are Lae, Daru, Popondetta, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Kimbe, Manus, Madang, Alotau and hosts Port Moresby. The invited teams are Tabubil, Mendi, Kerema, Brisbane PNG Boys, Central and the only overseas side Sydney Joeys Old Boys. For Goroka, going on their win last year they are definite pre-post favourites. The crack squad is filtered with a wealth of experience from former and current PNG Sevens representatives to throw the challenge down at the Lloyd Robson Oval over the next two days.