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Accountant & Lawyers Touch Footy (14/11/03)

PRESS RELEASE - Thursday, 13 November 2003

Fifteen teams from 12 Legal & Accounting firms in Port Moresby will battle it out on Friday, 14 November at the Port Moresby Rugby League main oval to decide who is the champion firm in the half-day Annual Lawyers & Accountants Touch Footy (7-A-Side) competition.

The firms taking part are reigning champions Deloitte Blue, Deloitte White, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, KPMG Team 1, KPMG Team 2, Blake Dawson Waldron Team 1, Blake Dawson Waldron Team 2, Maladina/Pacific Legal Group, Kolta KPK, Auditor Generalís Office, Mirupasi Lawyers, White Young & William Lawyers, Gaden Lawyers, Posman Kua & Aisi Lawyers and Paraka Lawyers.

The mix competition involving men & women which starts at 12.00 noon has been boosted with the sponsorship support in kind from Coca Cola Amatil Ltd and SP Brewery Ltd who will be providing Tents, Eskies and Ice for the competition. In addition, Coca Cola Amatil Ltd have agreed to provide 20 cartons of Sports Plus which will be distributed evenly to the teams participating and the Officials while SP Brewery Ltd will provide SP Green Cans for the Officials.

The excitement of having the 2 largest softdrink and beer manufacturers joining hands to provide support for this important sporting festivities for these 2 biggest profession in the country has ignite the competition to a level were exciting rugby is on the draw cards.

Reigning champions Deloitte Blue are all geared up to defend the Touch Footy Shield they won last year when they beat White Young & William Lawyers 2-1 in extra time of the Grand Final to walk away with the Shield and the Cup. Mirupasi Lawyers beat Auditor Generalís Office 1-nil in extra time to win the Trophy in similar fashion.

Champions Deloitte Blue are all fired up with its class players in the likes of skipper Moah Sevua, John Wau, Ronald Kolalio, Jacob Kiak, Sam Pun and Little General Alphonse Steven who scored the winner after extra time last year. Current Port Moresby Soccer representative and University female player Juanita Kalip will add bite to the team with her speed and skills against her opponents. Player coach Brydon Davidson believes that his team is much prepared this time around than last year. Captain Moah Sevua added: ďOur teamís preparation leading up to this yearís competition has shown positive improvements in the basic areas of the game, mainly around the playersí fitness levels, defence and attack play. I believe the teams coming into this yearís competition will be a lot tougher than the previous years. However, we want to defend the title this year again and make it the fifth consecutive win for DeloitteĒ.

Deloitte has won the competition for 4 consecutive years starting in 1999. Since the inception of the competition 1994 the Shield had passed through various firms until Deloitte claim the honours.


Winners of the competition get the honour of organising the annual half-day competition with Deloitte organising the competition for the 5th year running. Deloitte Organising Committee Chairman Robert Tiki believes that this yearís competition will be the toughest with White Young William Lawyers, KPMG, Blake Dawson Waldron, Mirupasi Lawyers, Auditor Generalís Office and Deloitte as likely contenders for the Cup finals. However, other firms can not be written off lightly because they are just as prepared which makes the competition much more interesting and exciting to watch.

The Organisers would like to acknowledge and thank Mr. Colin McVea - National Marketing Manager for Coca Cola Amatil Ltd and SP Brewery for coming to their assistance in providing logistic support to ensure a very successful day of competition.

Partners and Principals of each firmís have been invited to watch and officiate at the finals and the presentation of prises to the Winners of the Cup and Trophy. Various prises will also be distributed to players and teams that stood out in the competition during the day.

The official referees for the Tournament are the Central Touch Association who will be assisted by teams providing official linesman to ensure smooth running of the competition.

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Winners are grinners ...Delloittes staff won the game last year. Will they win again tomorrow? We'll see tomorrow.
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