By WENDY KATUSELE
COMPETITION leaders 09ers aim to continue their unbeaten record when they take on a reformed Kabiu side in Madang softball today at the Yabong Park.
While the leaders had an upper hand over Kabiu in their last encounter, Kabiu are expected to put up fight against a more fancied and experienced pack.
Kabiu will be led by internationals pitcher Meli Taragau and shortstop custodian Briton Zale to grab another competition points.
Taragau will be guided by catcher Silas Darius who have a formidable combination to cause menace for the Kabiu batters led by experienced Warren Kakat, Chris Karl, Willie Upaupa, David Turnamur and Yama Upaupa.
Team manager Isimel Tamdodo said Kabiu will relying heavily on the expertise of hurler Taragau who has guided the team numerous premierships and no doubt his services will be depended on to continue his top form.
"We are confident of another easy win," Tamdodo said.
He said his players have been training well and again looking for another sucessful season.
The merge of Kabiu with defunct team Colts should bolster its mission for a premiership material this season despite a rather mixed start.
With all players aiming for a spot in the representative side to the national softball championships in Kokopo during the Easter weekend, the stage is for an exciting encounter.
O9ers infield department will be manned by Desmond Zale on first base, Kelly Upaupa on second, David Geladia on third and Briton Zale to make sure no balls go past while outfielders Russel Bola, regular representative player Taki Zale and Henry Guinness take charge of the outfield.
The main game should see Kabiu's hurler Willie Upaupa on top of things to restrict the 09ers batting prowess with the help of no nonsense catcher and international Chris Karl.
Upaupa formerly of Colts has taken over the responsibility after the departure of Kabiu's regular pitcher Esau Vinarang.
Upaupa together with David Wardspika, Yama Upaupa and Mark Waiki are former Colts players who have teamed up with Kabiu.
In the other match, second placed KBB Reds lock horns with third placed Newtown Tigers while in the womens tussle KBB Reds take on 09ers and Newtown Tigers battle it out with BSP.
Meanwhile, the Madang association is expected to name its teams for the coming national titles after today's matches.