PNG Residents comp different: NRLC

The PNG Residents competition is different from the Hunters and the Kumuls in that it is an event that truly represents PNG.

NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, said this whilst giving an update on ticket sales today.

The NRL Competition manager said PNG Residents consists entirely of local-bred players.

“This is the pinnacle program or event for the Digicel Cup,” he stated.

“We’ve had the 22 weeks of competition, finishing grand final on the 2nd of September which was a magnificent event that we successfully delivered in front of 15,000 people.

“This is pure Papua New Guinea boys.”

A team of talented and promising players were picked from the grand final and will be facing the New South Wales Under 23 Country on October 14th in Port Moresby.

Club lounge tickets are selling for K300, grand stand is K50, Western stands are going for K30, the Eastern stand is worth K20 while the Northern/Southern stand is K10.

Ticket Mastas outlets can be found at Vision City, Boroko, Gordon’s, Waterfront and Erima.

Gates at the Oil Search National Football Stadium open at 11am on Sunday.

The 1st curtain raiser at 12 noon will see National Women’s champions Southern Confederate take on an Australian Defence Force women’s side.

At 1pm, the Australian Defence Force Men’s team will play the Southern Confederate side.

The main game between PNG U23 Residents and NSW Country 23 kicks off at 3pm.

Meantime, Enga Mioks back rower Eddie Dafa will captain the PNG U23 Residents side.

The team is:

1. Jah HOGAN

2. Eliakim LUKARA

3. Brandon NIMA

4. Stanford TALITA

5. Norman BROWN

6. Edwin IPAPE - Vice Captain

7. Mark TONY

8. Kingston PAUL

9. Woods KAWAGE

10. Joejoe WALLAMES

11. Emmanual WAINE

12. Eddie DAFA - Captain

13. Missach WELEN


14. Nicky HASU


16. Casey DICKSON

17. Levai ANDREW

18. Kenedy BEN

Coach: Stanley TEPEND

Carmella Gware