Commanders Cup challengers gear up

​ From the big hits on the field to a well-dressed team photo was the order of the morning for the twelve participating teams in the Commanders Cup.

ATW Commanding Officer Lt Col Eddie Mirou was in great spirits as he welcomed all other COs and teams in their brand new uniforms.

The two women’s teams’ made up of female soldiers in NCD along with the 10 men’s teams displayed their brand new uniforms which just arrived from Sydney.

The turn out to this year’s Commanders Cup has been outstanding, with Tarangau sharks bracing the seas all the way from Lorengau, formerly known as the Lombroom naval base.

Basilisk formerly Lancron, put on their uniforms to show they are not only good under water, the Force Support Battalion from Murray Barracks displayed their confidence at this morning’s photo shoot as well.

The Air Transport Wing (ATW) is host of the 2017 Commanders Cup challenge, but due to the unavailability of a proper rugby field, the games are being played at the Murray Barracks Oval.

Meantime, the Commanding Officer of ATW, Lt Col Eddie Mirou has gone all out to secure sponsors in the likes of Kina, TISA, Comrade Trustees and the Commercial Support Program of the PNGDF, who have made these brand new uniforms possible.

Taurama’s 1RPIR are former champs, but sister company 2RPIR from Wewak’s Moeam Barracks are anticipated to give them a good run.

Meanwhile, the Engineering battalion from Lae’s Igam Barraks have a strong team but not without opposition from the PNGDF HQ team. ATW Eagles is going out to put up a challenge while Goldie has two teams, GRTD and LRRU participating in the bi-annual challenge.

Sophie Yaruso