Speaking at the official announcement, Digicel PNG’s Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson, said: “We are extremely delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Lamana Dockers AFL Club this year.
“Digicel is a company that is highly passionate about helping local talents and teams develop in their respective sporting codes and this year, we are excited to extend our support to the Lamana Dockers.
“As major sponsors of this champion club, we are committing K40,000 cash plus voice and data plans worth over K20,000 to help make this year another successful year for the club.”
The partnership with Digicel brings much needed funding to the club, allowing them to expand their training programs for players, coaching staff and trainers and to purchase new equipment.
Speaking on behalf of the Lamana’s Dockers, Club Patron Governor Loi Bakani said: “We have a very energetic patron and executive team who are constantly communicating and meeting to develop the teams and the support we receive from the private sector helps us in a long way.
“We will always be grateful to Digicel for providing this support to the Lamana Dockers.
“The game has grown and we are now introducing the game into the rural communities where we will be including rural kids and help them develop in the sport and to channel their passions and energy in a positive constructive manner.
“We support the rural competition with balls uniforms and training gear. We also send our senior players in to run clinics, and this is a big step forward for us and we are really appreciative of Digicel as a partner in this venture.”
Also speaking at the presentation was the Club President, Dominic Kaumu, who said: “We are looking at bringing all the three divisions to finals again this year. All three of our divisions successfully made the finals last year, with Digicel on board as a corporate partner it will really give us the boost to go that extra mile.”
The Lamana Dockers are a champion club in the Port Moresby AFL competition with four premiership wins in 2005, 2013, 2017 and in 2018. The club has had a very successful year in 2018, which saw all three grades, including the Senior Women's team, the Reserve Grade and the Senior Men’s team, compete in the finals.
Digicel wishes the Lamana Dockers a successful 2019 season and best of luck to all teams and players in this year’s competition.
(From left: Club President Dominic Kaumu, Club Patron Governor Loi Bakani and Digicel PNG’s Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson)