Additionally, SP Brewery has made another commitment to remain and maintain its rights as the platinum sponsor for the Digicel Cup 2018 competition.
During the presentation of a K400,000 sponsorship cheque, SP Brewery managing director, Stan Joyce, said it was an important platform for rugby league from the domestic competition to the international competition, like the Queensland Intrust Super Cup in which the SP Hunters participate.
“It’s a true domestic competition played across seven different centres in Papua New Guinea,” Joyce said.
“It brings rugby league alive to a high standard of competition in those centres which make it a truly national competition.”
Chairman of PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka, said last year was a trial year which saw the competition undertake the restructure of the PNGRFL competition in partnership with NRL.
“But it was a great year,” Tsaka stated.
“We undertook the reform basically to improve the competition from some of the challenges we felt it was facing.”
Digicel Cup competition manager, Stanley Hondina, confirms that it takes about K3.2 million to run the entire competition.
“Our main line of revenue is Digicel as the naming right sponsor along with SP Brewery as the platinum sponsor.”
Hondina stated it includes registration from participating teams as well.
22 weeks of gut-wrenching competition is anticipated; 18 weeks of normal rounds of competition and another 4 weeks of finals for the teams participating in the Digicel Cup Competition.
The competition is expected to kick off the season on March 25th with the grand finale expected on the 26th of August.