Three Digicel Cup games in the Highlands

In Goroka, the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis play host to the Kroton Hela Wigmen at 3pm while across in Minj, Waghi Tumbe will clash with the Agmark Rabaul Gurias. This game will get underway at 2pm.

The other game in the Highlands will be between PRK Mendi Muruks and EPG Enga Mioks in Mendi starting at 2pm.

Down to Lae, reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers will go head to head with NCDC Port Moresby Vipers. This fixture is set for 3pm.

The current standings after round two:

Digicel Cup launch deferred to next week

PNG National Rugby League Competition (PNG-NRLC) Administrator, Stanley Hondina said the deferment was unavoidable as some franchises who expressed interest to participate had sponsorship issues to sort out as well as the other minimum requirements to meet as set out by the PNG-NRLC.

“These issues need to be sorted out therefore the launch has been moved to next Wednesday April 26 with the kick off scheduled for the weekend of April 30th, 2017,” said Hondina.

He said details on which teams will be participating plus the draws and so on will be released soon.


Marum keeps starting side unchanged for Kokoda Cup clash

Marum said changes may be made before the team flies out on Saturday to Brisbane for the ANZAC round.

“I have retained the starting side that beat Redcliffe Dolphins and made some changes to the extended bench but will confirm on Friday after a couple of players undergo further medical tests.

“Burleigh Bears are the reigning premiers and we want to prepare as well as we can this week. The other added motivation is to regain the Kokoda Cup,” said Marum.

Ipswich place trust in Wigmen

This follows the announcement on Tuesday of a partnership between the Hela Wigmen Club and Ipswich Jets which will see four players from Hela, train and play with the Intrust Super Cup Club.

Ipswich Jets CEO, Jason Cubit, told Loop PNG that under the current arrangement, the Hela Wigmen management will identify and provide them with the right players.

Cubit also said they will provide them with other opportunities off the field.

Hela Wigmen get K1.8 m sponsor


The sponsorship package includes K1.2 million from Kroton Limited, a subsidiary of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL), includes naming rights to the team who will now be known as the Kroton Limited Hela Wigmen Rugby League Team.

This will cover affiliation fees for the 2017 Digicel Cup Competition (K500,000), the development of a club training infrastructure (K500,000) and an Ambassadorial program with the Ipswich Jets club in the Queensland, Australia (K200,000).

The Hela Provincial Government also has provided K600,000 to the Club for this year.

Students with disability enjoy day with NRL stars

The PNGNRL through the League Bilong Laif program visited the school and conducted games with persons with disabilities.

The inclusive event saw a few disabled students participating in rugby-related activities led by PNGNRL staff.

With the key message to students on the importance of education and having respect for self and others around them including disable children.

The students enjoyed the day outside the classroom for an hour before going back to classes for the day.

PNGNRL say 2016 Digicel Cup a success

Speaking at a press conference this week, PNGNRL administrator, Stanley Hondina said the change in the draw format to a round robin system brought the game to all different parts of the country.

“The huge challenge was changing the draw format. I think the rugby loving people of this nation have enjoyed this change as they got the chance to see all teams partaking in the competition in their respective towns,” said Hondina.

Hondina added that the referees were another reason for a successful season.

Hagen Eagles team suspended for three years

This was the decision handed down today by the PNGNRL in a press conference held at the Sir John Guise stadium.

PNGNRL administrator, Stanley Hondina explained that after carefully reviewing the footage from the preliminary final, the board had come up with the following:

Wamp Nga Mt. Hagen Eagles:

PNGRNRL condemns Digicel Cup challenge violence

“We sincerely apologise and were saddened to hear of the loss of a young life.

“The person did not even go to watch the game but became a victim of the senseless and irresponsible behaviour of a few individuals,” said PNGNRL Chairman, Sudhir Guru.

Guru said Digicel has been sponsoring the Digicel Cup since 2011 which has seen over 600 rugby league games played nationwide.

“The overall experience over the years has been positive, though there have been some ugly incidences

Referees want sufficient security provided for games

Before the brawl last Saturday at the Sir John Guise stadium during the game between the Mt Hagen Eagles and the Agmark Rabaul Gurias, the referees expressed their disappointment on the incident and urged the Digicel Cup Board to take responsibility in providing strong security on grounds during games.

Referees director in PNG Joe Peregua said, this is not the first incident that our men had faced with such violent behaviour from the supporters and the players and team officials.