The defending Tupi Cup champions Alamuhu, will begin their title defense against the newly established Northside Tongan Vikings team. The Queensland Tongan community heavy weights will be looking to go back to back, especially with the tournament heading to their current home base of Kookaburra Oval at the St Brendans club in Rocklea, following the release of the official 2016 Tupi Cup draw.
The Tupi Cup will preside over the weekends of September 3rd and September 10th.
On the men’s side of the draw, the first weekend of football will see both north side teams go into battle against both the south side teams, in a “North vs South Battle of the Bridge” week of games
This will guarantee great mouth watering spectacles for all four games in week one of the competition, the clash between Alamuhu and North Barbarians shaping up as the game of the round.
Week 2 of games for the men will determine just who is the big brother and little brother as the Barbarians go head to head with newly former north side outfit the Vikings and Alamuhu go up against Logan Inala, before each team is seeded into their respective finals game placings.
The absolute blockbuster between top two seeds Alamuhu and Logan Inala is sure to be an explosive one and will contain semi final like intensity, as Alamuhu look to hold off a Logan Inala outfit desperate to avenge their 2015 grand final loss and go one better this year. The game is sure to have massive implications for the final.
The structure of the draw should ensure grand final teams will not be determined right up until the final round robin game.
On the women’s side of the draw , Queensland Tonga will go head to head against Queensland Papua New Guinea vying for the honour of winning the first ever “Freedom for West Papua” Cup.
Both teams will be desperate to get a result in their sole game of week 1, to ease the pressure leading into week 2 of the competition, where both teams are scheduled to play their final two games in the best of three, 10-a-side series.
With the highly charged emotion of playing for such an important cause, all three games will no doubt be just as spirited as the men’s side of the draw.
Aside from the collective honour of winning the tournament, all players will be looking to put their best foot forward to earn selection into the official Kings and Queens of Pacific Rugby, Queensland Tonga squads which will be named the week after.