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Discussion in 'International' started by mikail-eagle, Dec 4, 2018.
I see this comp as the equal of the Qld Cup and NZ Cup
Do we ever get crowd figures from this comp? Or estimates?
In terms of standard?
It's not something that is published and honestly I don't think theydt be anything to write home about.
The games at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby are sparsely attended, and it seems most of the city's fans save their money for Hunters matches.
Outside of the capital there are plenty of capacity matches, but some of those other venues only have official capacities of 3K-5K.
The crowd numbers in Port Moresby depend very much on which teams are coming into play.
Even-though the Vipers represent the City and the Port Moresby Rugby Football League, most city residents will first and foremost support the Team that is flying in from their home Provinces.
Teams like the Rabaul Gurias, Goroka Lahanis and the Mt Hagen Eagles attract more fans when they come to play in Port Moresby. Last weekend there was a double header in Port Moresby involving the Gurias and the Mioks who had flown in to play against the City based Vipers and Isou respectively. I can't remember the crowd now but it was just below 4000.
Back in the Provinces the numbers will vary. The Gurias get between 5K-7K every home game in Kokopo and the same for Lae Tigers at their home ground in Lae.
The Highlands Provinces probably 3K-5K and this depends on capacity and also the visiting Team.
There is no NZ Cup anywhere near NSW or QLD quality, and probably not even French or PNG quality.
I think the NSW and QLD Cup are probably just a bit higher in standard but the Digicel Cup is slowly catching up. There is now a lot more coaching work being done by the NRL directly towards the local Digicel Cup coaches, match referees and other administrators.
The competition here though is not for the faint-hearted. Some games are still so brutal with alot of niggle and rough play. You have to be very physically fit to play and be ready to cop it from time to time but it is slowly getting cleaned up now that they video match reviews.
Highlights of the 2 games played in Port Moresby over the weekend are here.
Gulf Isou vs Enga Mioks -
Pom Vipers vs Rabaul Gurias -
There's some real quality in those highlights
I think we're really not far off PNG sticking it to the big 3.
Numbers, passion, talent, and growing professional opportunities. The gap is closing
NZRL is struggling outside of Auckland, Wellington rugby league only has 8 teams in the prem grade and and only 3 of the 8 clubs can field a second. My old club Randwick couldn't even field enough players for last weeks games and that was for the prem grade.
how much more professional is PNG now compared to high points in the past? in what ways?
Maybe the winner of the PNG league should play the winner of the NZ league as a preliminary to the NRL GF as sort of a Pacific champions thing.
I don't know if this happens annually, but in the past they have held a PNG v Fiji Champions playoff
Matbe a silly question...How would the hunters go if they played in the Digicell?
I see from those highlights that the PNG players have this awful habit of playing the ball properly with their foot. It’ll never catch on.
Its a nice little stadium, would be good to see the Cowboys take a game there.
Man of Match from last Sundays Vipers vs Gurias match.
MOM is K1000 probably about AUD$300
I see there are a large number of followers and comments on the team Facebook pages. How come so little of those fans come talk league wtih us on here like @mikail-eagle ?
Tbh we could say that about a lot of places. This forum seems to attract Aussies and Kiwis almost exclusively. Handful of poms.
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