Digicel Cup

Eight teams for this year’s Digicel Cup competition

The eight: NCDC Vipers, Kroton Hela Wigmen, Agmark Rabaul Gurias, Reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, Waghi Tumbe, PRK Mendi Muruks and EPG Enga Mioks.

Chairman of the newly revamped PNG National Rugby League Competition, Adrian Chow said nine applications to participate were received.

The application from the Mt Hagen Eagles was rejected.

 “The Executive Management Board considered all the applications thoroughly and did not accept the Eagles application because it is determined to manage a national competition free of violence.

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.


Hela Governor Potape announces new stadium for Hela Wigmen

The Hela Governor announced this on Thursday during a media conference after sealing a tourism development partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority.

During this occasion Tourism and Culture Minister Tobias Kulang presented K100,000 on behalf of TPA to kickstart the Hela Tourism Development Program.

Governor Potape said it was time for the Hela Wigmen to have a venue of their own to play from.

“We should not continue to play out of Mendi. We now have a province of our own…Hela, so our Hela Wigmen must play from Tari,” Governor Potape highlighted.

Marum confirms Korave being dropped from Hunters

“Adam has been dropped. I’ve actually spoken to him; he’s had a few problems throughout this year with his family especially.

“As a leader that we saw fit to lead the boys around the park all of this year, I think he didn’t lead well.

“The football side is ok, but it’s just the off field stuff. I’ve spoken to him, he’s going to go back and work his way back from the Digicel Cup,” said Marum.

The Hunters will go into pre-season training straight after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on December 4.

NFS to host POMRFL grand final for first time

The women’s grand final will be played as curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XIII between Australia and PNG on Saturday, Sept 24 and the men’s grand finals will be played on Sunday, Sept 25.

The last time a grand final for POMRFL was played at PRL Oval was back in 2013 before the venue was transformed into the new stadium.

The K170 million world class stadium was opened in February, 2016 and sits about 10,000 people.

It has so far hosted matches for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and the Digicel Cup competition.

NGCB PM’s XIII squad named

The team is mixed with experienced and local players and involves players identified from the National competitions the Digicel Cup level, two players from the National Rugby League championships held in Lae and five are Australian based players.

Australian based players include three Townsville Blackhawks players, Rhyse Martin, Willie Minoga and Ray Thompson and the other two are from Cold Coast Titans, Nene McDonald and David Mead.

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

Tkatchenko commends Gurias and Tigers

Yesterday’s grand final at the Sir John Guise stadium was highly entertaining and also trouble free which Tkatchenko was pleased with.

“We must all continue to work together to promote rugby league in the country which will benefit everyone.

“We must always remember that the game of rugby league is bigger than any one individual,” said Tkatchenko.

He concluded by thanking all the clubs for all their efforts this season and said he was looking forward to a bigger and better season next year.

Tigers crowned as 2016 Digicel Cup champions

Gurias only try by Wiliam Aquila in the first half put them in front to lead 4-0 but couldn’t last when the Tigers snatched back with a converted try in the 20th minute to lead 6-4.

With Gurias play maker Stanly Olo went off field due to knee injury, it creates more oportunity for the Tigers.

After forcing several attacks on Gurias defence, the Tigers set in again when Noel Joel picked a dummy ball and ran through Gurias defence grounding the ball to extend their lead to 12-4 at break.

Long weekend family entertainment

Bring the family together or even the community to watch the Digicel Cup, the Intrust Super Cup, the NRL or the different genre of movies highlighted for you this week.

Check out our movie line up for the week we have horror movies like The Apparition and kids’ movies like Hotel Transylvania. We also have our weekly Hunters feature recapping their previous match.

Enjoy a long weekend of family entertainment only on Digicel Play.

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