Digicel Cup 2017 season launched

The Cup plus the eight captains of the franchises were out on show for the public to see to help build up excitement for the semi-professional competition that is all set to kick off this weekend.

Chairman of the PNG National Rugby League Competition (PNG NRLC), Adrian Chow said this weekend’s games will be played in Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka and Wabag.

“Later rounds will see games in all our other centres in Kokopo, Minj and Mendi.

Chow pointed out that the new national competition offers opportunities as well as challenges.

Eight teams for this year’s Digicel Cup competition

The eight: NCDC Vipers, Kroton Hela Wigmen, Agmark Rabaul Gurias, Reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, Waghi Tumbe, PRK Mendi Muruks and EPG Enga Mioks.

Chairman of the newly revamped PNG National Rugby League Competition, Adrian Chow said nine applications to participate were received.

The application from the Mt Hagen Eagles was rejected.

 “The Executive Management Board considered all the applications thoroughly and did not accept the Eagles application because it is determined to manage a national competition free of violence.

Mixed and Men’s netball comp starts

So far, 20 teams have registered to play and this is expected to increase, according to Junior President, Micah Vaira.

“We had 12 teams last year so we’ve really picked up since then. It’s still a new concept but we’re expecting a lot more teams this season.

“We’ll have three weekends of trials before the season proper commences,” said Vaira.

The divisions in the competition are: Men’s, Premier Mixed, Social A, B and C.

“We’re going to use the trials to see the skill levels of the teams and then put them into the different divisions,” said Vaira.

Hunters mangle Bears in 42-6 win

The Hunters were in trouble three minutes into the round eight match for the Kokoda Cup when Kurtis Rowe crossed over to score.

Keanu Te Kiri then added the two points to bring the Bears out to a 6-0 lead.

But the combination of Ase Boas and Wera put the Hunters right back in the contest, with two tries to Wera in the space of five minutes.

The first came in the 11th minute from an inside ball to a charging Wera, and the second through a chip kick over the defence for a flying Wera to catch and score right before the dead ball line.

National Premier League completes round one

In the Southern Conference matches played at the Sir John Guise Stadium, Papaka FC def. PRK Erema Gulf FC 3-2, Hekari United FC def. PKA Rapatona FC 6-0 and Gigira Amoana FC def. Admiralty FC 11-0.

To the Northern Conference at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, Morobe United FC def. Bulolo FC 7-0, Nawae FC def. Markham FC 1-0 and Lahi United FC drew with Laiwaden FC 1-1.

Motu Koitabu rugby comp starts tomorrow

Chairman of the MKRLA, Pipi Dai Boe said 16 clubs have registered to play in two divisions- A Grade men’s and U-20 men’s.

Boe said NCD Governor, Powes Parkop will do the official kick off at 9:30am. He also wished all teams the best of luck this weekend.

“Most of all, let’s all conduct ourselves in the true spirit of the rugby league and sports in general.

“Let’s have respect for each other and denounce any unsociable and unruly behaviour,” said Boe.



Stats that matter: Round 7

No need to panic…yet

Dogs finish strongly to down Rabbitohs

Both teams struggled for ideas in attack but the spark from Reynolds was the difference, repeatedly causing the Rabbitohs' flimsy left-edge defence all manner of problems.

PNG Soccer Charity Cup underway in NCD

There are five divisions in the 7-a- side tournament: Men’s, Women’s, Junior Mixed, Senior Mixed and Master’s Mixed.

The finals will be played on Monday, April 17.

The Charity Cup was founded in 1998 by Kisakiu Posman. Over the years the event has grown in popularity and has expanded from a one‐day competition to a full four‐day charity sporting event.

The Charity Cup's organising committee comprises of volunteers mainly of Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers who have partnered up with other volunteers.

Tigers keen to put week behind them

New coach Ivan Cleary is looking forward to seeing his team take the field against the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night, and many expect him to make changes at the club in the coming weeks.  

"In a way it's been good to come up here and get out of Sydney," Cleary said.