Digicel Cup urges supporters to observe protocols
Rugby League BY BENJAMIN KOITAKA PNG National Rugby League competition (PNGNRLC) is calling on spectators watching the Digicel Cup matches to observe health and games protocols put in place. PNG NRLC manager Stanley Hondina said this yesterday when giving a round-up of match and ground reviews of the opening matches played in Port Moresby and Lae last weekend. “We held our first games last Saturday and Sunday in both venues – Lae and Port Moresby successfully,” he said. “We will maintain it and expect everyone to continue doing that and conduct ourselves well and in compliance with the rules. Without you, there is no fun and excitement in our games,” Hondina said. He said supporters are the key stakeholders in the rugby league and are urged to follow the guidelines so the country’s semi-professional competition can proceed. “If the controller takes this game away, then we have no game and nothing to do on the weekend. We all are party to this. Rugby league is bigger than one individual. It just demands everyone to put in their bit of contribution.” He outlined that the daily game-day basics are to sit apart from each other and avoid sitting on the seats that are being folded by the events management team. “We are doing what we can by putting tapes on the seats, to guide you where to sit and not (to sit). We can’t come and hold you and say sit here or sit there. You are our good stakeholders and what we are asking is to continue to be good partners,” Hondina said. He thanked the event managers Leading Edge Limited and everyone for the success in the first week of the competition. “Game one was delivered last week, on behalf of the PNG NRLC and board chairman, we would like to thank everyone that played a part one way or another to see the games coming on again,” he said. “It’s always challenging to get the first ball rolling but we managed to get that through. We are the second rugby league on the ground and it surely happened so we take our hats off and stand proud that it was delivered and done. Leading Edge managing director Lee Pokarop also expressed his gratitude to the people for coming in numbers to watch without creating any issues during match-day. Pokarop said the event and venue management will open the Southern stand this weekend to add another 1000 seats. He also said Lae Rugby Legue ground will add 300 new tickets from last week of 1,300.