|Butibam team leader Danny Maliaki (second from left) receives the champions trophy from Ahi Festival ambassador John Wilshere|
Butibam and archrival Yanga were tied on four gold medals apiece after the grand finals last Thursday (Dec 16, 2010) and Friday, but when it came to a count back, Butibam won the most medals overall.
|Champion men's basketball team Yanga with festival ambassador John Wilshere (left) and Riback operations manager George Gware|
In the play-off for broze, Butibam edged out Wagang 38-32.
|Men's volleyball champions Butibam|
|Women's volleyball champions Butibam|
In touch football last Thursday evening, Butibam took out the men’s final with a 3-1 win over Kamkumung, while Hengali ousted Yanga for bronze 4-3.
In the women’s touch football grand final, Yanga beat Butibam 4-3 in extra time, while in the play-off for bronze, Wagang beat Yalu 4-3 in extra time.
The soccer finals were not played because of a dispute involving players and supporters from Yalu.
This marred what was otherwise a very enjoyable week of sports.
In netball, Butibam, with giant international Nettie Sao at the helm, rode roughshod over all and sundry.
The Ahi Festival involved teams from the six Ahi villages of Yalu, Kamkumung. Hengali, Butibam, Yanga and Wagang.