During the launching Tkatchenko urge the players and supporters to make this grand final a trouble free one after a lot of brawls had occurred this year in the local competition finals.
Most local rugby league grand final matches held this year had faced the same issue of violence against referees and supporters, the Digicel Cup, the Koiari Rugby League finals and the recent brawl in Central Province during the Kila Haoda Cup final.
“I ask you all to make it a trouble free one and alcohol free as the cause of all these brawls in the local league was through alcohol,” Tkatchenko said.
Adding that with the a good number of soldiers and police officers that will be providing security during the game on Sunday, “I urged that any one person or supporters that drinks and wants to misbehave on the field should be thrown out of the field.”
“We want to enjoy the game and not cause violence like what happened in the other local leagues. We are affiliated to the PNG Rugby Football League and therefore should show a professional standard of game since we have produced few Kumuls players off this league and we want to set a standard,” he added.
With that the Minister launched the finals ahead of the games on Sunday and congratulated the finalists for this year’s Kaugere Rugby League competition.