Governor Benjamin, when announcing the host province, urged all NGI provinces to participate, regardless of distance.
"Manus has been participating in all the tournaments even as far as coming here in Kimbe and Rabaul," Governor Benjamin said.
“The next tournament in Bougainville will definitely be miles away from Manus but we are prepared to send in four teams to the tournament.
"I also want to challenge Bougainville to represent NGI in the National Championship with pride that if Manus can be the National Regional Champions for two consecutive years, since 2014, I believe NGI has set a record and our Bougainville brothers from AROB can do it too.”
Moreover, he challenged the women champions, Kokopo team 1, to also prepare well for the National Championships to be held later next year.