We have grown so used to seeing the Agmark Gurias play in semi-finals and grand finals every year that to see them completely knocked out in the rounds is almost unthinkable.
But with just two more games to go and the Gurias sitting on six place and a hard match against an in-form Port Moresby Vipers coming up this weekend in Kokopo, the odds of them getting knocked out in straights sets is real.
Part of their problem probably lies in their player recruitment due to Coronavirus. Established big name players from other centres have always shored up the Gurias roster but it’s totally different case this year.
Scanning their weekend team sheet will give you an indication of this dip in talent. On the plus side this is a challenge for the largely home grown Gurias line up to shine and it starts this weekend against the Nation’s Capital flagship side.
The top five finals spots are secured by Snax Tigers, Mendi Muruks, Waghi Tumbes, Port Moresby Vipers and the Hela Wigmen and won’t be affected even if they lose. Gurias and Eagles sits sixth and seventh on the ladder with both 7 competition points, only points differential separating them.
The Gurias needs to win or the lowly Hagen Eagles who faces the Gulf Isou this weekend in Port Moresby will make a case for the finals themselves.