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Discussion in 'International' started by mikail-eagle, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. mikail-eagle

    mikail-eagle Juniors

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    So its finally happening.
    Digicel Cup 2021 Kicks off this weekend.


    PNGNRL announces draw for 2021 season

    THE draw for the upcoming Digicel Cup season has been released with the Rabaul Gurias and Waghi Tumbe opening the campaign at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.
    The 12-team competition consists of 16 rounds with the finals to be held in September.
    Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League chief executive and acting PNG National Rugby League competition manager Stanley Hondina said the first four rounds of the competition would be played at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium and the Lae Rugby League Ground only.
    He said one of National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning’s conditions was to see matches played without crowds at both venues in the first four rounds.
    “The controller gave the official clearance this morning (Friday) for the competition to start,” he said.
    “We are happy that the 2021 season will finally kick off, but our biggest challenge now is to strictly follow the Covid-19 measures so that we complete the season successfully.”
    Hondina said the current Covid-19 situation in the country was different from last year.
    He urged all franchises to take heed of the measures and uphold the trust given by the relevant authorities.
    “We were given approval because the authorities had confidence that we will meet the conditions and we will adhere to the safety measures,” Hondina said.
    “Last year, there were less Covid-19 cases.
    “This year, there are more than 10,000 cases. “So all franchises must not be complacent and they must take the safety measures seriously.
    “We must work together so that our game is played and we can finish the season well.”

    Round 1 Fixtures:
    Sat, May 8 — Gurias v Tumbe (Port Moresby), Port Moresby Vipers v Kimbe Cutters (Port Moresby);

    Sunday May 9 —Hela Wigmen v Goroka Lahanis (Port Moresby), Gulf Isou v Central Dabaris (Port Moresby), Lae Tigers v Mt Hagen Eagles (Lae), Enga Mioks v Mendi Muruks (Lae).
  2. mikail-eagle

    mikail-eagle Juniors

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    Reigning champions launch 2021 Digicel Cup campaign
    May 4, 2021The NationalSports

    REIGING champions Hela Wigmen launched their Digicel Cup campaign on Friday as they look to look to kick off their title defence on a winning note.
    Club chairman Andy Hetra said they had a gruelling preseason with more than 60 players before trimming the squad to 35 men.
    “The selection of the final squad was not easy because we knew they could be picked by the SP Hunters for the next level of rugby league,” he said.
    Hetra said although seven of their Hunters recruits had left a gap in the team, it was also a positive sign that the club was heading in the right direction.
    “We are happy because the seven players (with the Hunters) have not disappointed with their performances,” he said.
    “Samuel Yegip has done well for himself, Norman Brown has also performed well with two very good games.
    “Judah Rimbu has also stepped up well and the others within the playing group will join the team.”
    Meanwhile, Hetra said he was confident that their rookies from the Hela leagues had the potential to further their rugby league careers if provided the right support and environment.
    “Our job now as a club is to provide that conducive environment,” he said.
    “But as players they need to work hard to produce results.
    “With the new crop of players and our experienced players from previous the season, we have a good mixture of players who can take us to the grand final again.”
    The Wigmen kick off their season against 2018 champions Goroka Lahanis at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday.
  3. mikail-eagle

    mikail-eagle Juniors

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    Another 3 week delay


    PNG's Digicel Cup delayed amid player Covid-19 cases

    It was then scheduled for kick-off this weekend but has been delayed a further three weeks despite officials having urged participants to adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols.

    PNG's National Rugby League Competition Chair Adrian Chow says the new delay was due to members of one team being confirmed positive for Covid-19 during routine tests.

    Chow said in a statement the two members have been isolated but would not name them or their team for privacy reasons.

    "The rest of the members were cleared as 'negative' for the Covid-19 virus," said Chow.

    "The two affected members were immediately isolated pending further investigations and testings whilst the rest of the team has been put into 'bubble-isolation' for the required 14 days."

    The competition is now set to get under way the weekend of May 29th.

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