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Orchids clinch second title

Updated: Apr 27


The Black Orchids have snatched the 2024 Niu Power Sports Tok Sevens (7s) Tournament after thumping the Gerehu Natives with a 22-7 scoreline in the Cup decider on Sunday, March 31st, at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

 

The Orchids were the Niu Power Sports Tok 7s Champions in 2022. However, they failed to defend their title in 2023, bowing out in the quarterfinal. Having a case to prove in 2024, they did their homework and came with all guns blazing, taking the tourney by storm and eventually winning the championship.

 

It was a one-sided affair in the first half, as the Orchids ran havoc and scored three unanswered tries, taking a comfortable lead in the first seven minutes of the contest. The Orchids were merciless or ruthless against the Natives in the first half.

 

With a handy lead at the break, the eventual champions tightened their grip in the second spell, holding down the fort and defended their line courageously. The Natives scored a solo try in the second half and the Orchids responded with a try to put the game beyond doubt.

 

Besides Biala Suares, Rabaul Stallions, Kiimbe Pirates, PC Ravens, to name but a few; the Orchids were the crowd-favorites and real entertainers. They showcased an enterprising and brilliant style of seven-a-side footy, entertaining the fans and keeping everyone on the edge of their seats.  

 

Orchids coach, Tsidom Semoso, expressed his satisfaction and commended the players for their hard work, which eventually led to their championship glory.

 

“As a coach, I am really excited for my boys’ performance. When we came last year, we didn’t make it through the cup final. However, our aim for the 2024 Sports Tok 7s was to win the tournament. We prepared well and came and completed our mission. I’m very happy that we got the job done,” an elated coach Semoso stated.

 

The Black Orchids came with determination, displayed their black magic and accomplished their mission, bagging the seventh edition of Niu Power Sports Tok 7s and heading back to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville – dubbed ‘Sun Kamap’ with satisfaction.

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