Softball club Championships officially opened

The 2016 PNG Power National Softball Club Fast Pitch tournament was officially opened today at Rebiamul Oval, Western Highlands Province.

It was a display of a sea of colours as 15 of the country's top softball clubs marched around the oval flying high their provincial flags and the national flag to open the championships as well as celebrate 41 years of PNG's independence.

Present to officially open the championships was State Enterprises Minister, William Duma.

Duma, who is also the Member for Hagen welcomed the teams to the province.

"I've always been a strong supporter of sports in Western Highlands sponsoring sports like soccer, basketball and netball.

"I believe more people playing sports means a healthy country," said Duma.

Duma showed his support for the code of softball giving K10,000 to add on to the prize money for the  championships and an  additional K10, 000 to the 15 teams to help with their expenses during their stay in the province.

Deputy President of the Hagen Softball Association, John Horaki added that the people of Hagen appreciated the championships being brought to the Highlands after a long time.

"We appreciate your presence here. It's unfortunate that not all clubs around the country could make it.

"Your safety is guaranteed here. Enjoy the championships and play your best," said Horaki.

Day two of the championships resumed after the opening ceremony.

Troy Taule