The 2021 Digicel Cup Season scheduled for kick-off this weekend has been delayed by three (3) weeks to the weekend of May 29th, 2021. The decision was made at a special PNGNRLC Board meeting today.
PNGNRLC Chairman Adrian Chow in a statement issued today said the delay was due to members of one of the Digicel Cup teams testing positive for Covid-19 following routine tests undertaken on players and officials of the participating franchises teams.
Chairman Chow said the team underwent RTD Antigen tests this morning prior to their departure to Port Moresby in line with travel requirements put in place for all teams.
“The results of the tests received indicated that two (2) of the members tests results returned as “positive” whilst the rest of the members were cleared as “negative” for the covid-19 virus, Chow said. “The two (2) 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”.
These are teh Digicel Cup Team Captains for year 2021
1. Central Dabaris - Adam Korave
2. Goroko Lahanis - Charlie Buka
3. Mendi Muruks - Wesa Tenza
4. Hagen Eagles. - Yambra Jul
5. Gulf Isou - Reiko Jimmy
6. Kimbe Cutters - Jah Hogan
7. Waghi Tumbes - Joe Frank
8. Enga Mioks. - Sani Lipu
9. Port Moresby Vipers - Thompson Teteh
10. Agmark Gurias - Ade Rami
11. Lae Snax Tigers - Butler Morris
12. Hela Wigmen - Valentine Culligan
LAE Tigers coach and three-time premiership winner Stanley Tepend has given an insight on his team’s training ahead of the new Digicel Cup season.
The Papua New Guinea Kumuls assistant coach made a presentation to other Digicel coaches on some technical parts of his training with the aim to improve standards in the inter-city competition.
“Short burst and power is always the focus of our training,” he said.
“During the pre-season, we always do three sessions a week.
“The first phase is to build strength.
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.
FORMER Papua New Guinea international and Hela Wigmen coach Charlie Wabo says he is optimistic about their title defence in the upcoming Digicel Cup season.
Despite losing a number of his premiership winners from last season, he said with the inclusion of a few rookies alongside their 10 existing players, the Wigmen were eager to retain the title.
“From our preparation and training, I’ve seen that the players look sharp and they are ready to defend the title,” Wabo said.
The 2020 Digicel Cup Premiers launched their 2021 title defense at the Koitaki Country Club on Friday 30th April 2021. The event coincided with the official announcement of the 35 men playing roster. “Having 7 of the 17 players in last year’s Digicel Cup grand final team in SP Hunters is one of the greatest highlights. It is a loss for the club but also good as we can keep the production line going” said Chairman Andy Hetra.
Hetra said, ‘’the team has done well this year with good local talents from Hela being drafted into pre-season that makes up a third of the team. We have signed up few talents from other centers to have the balance and depth to be competitive and we are happy with the playing stock we have’’.
MINJ in Jiwaka and Goroka in Eastern Highlands will host this weekend’s Digicel Cup round-eight matches, says Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition manager Stanley Hondina.
And if both venues comply with the PNG Rugby Football League’s Banis Protocols, Kimbe in West New Britain will get the chance see their Cutters at home before the regular season ends.
Hondina said in a statement yesterday that the challenge was now on Minj and Goroka to deliver good quality rugby league games without compromising the protocols.
By Michael Philip
It was without any notice but the young gun Five-Eight from Tavui in East New Britain Province, Wesley Batari slightly join the Southern Highlands Franchise Team, The Mendi Muruks two weeks ago for the start of the 2020 Digicel Cup campaign.
The decision by the young five-eight was the only option for him to venture into his Rugby League Career as a young rising star Five-Eight. Batari who played for the Gurias last year wearing the number 6 Jersy alongside his half-back Who is also now leading the rampaging Hela Wigmen, Solomon Pokare. Last year Batari was spotted by the PNGNRL and was put on a spotlight for his chance to join the Hunters and The PNG Kumuls due to its own style of playing rugby.
HELA Wigmen coach Charlie Wabo says the inclusion of former SP Hunters centre Noel Zeming as the Digicel Cup team’s trainer has helped get the best out of his players.
Last year’s runners-up Wigmen and defending champions Lae Tigers are the only unbeaten sides this season.
Former Kumuls rake Wabo told The National yesterday that Zeming, who played two tests for Papua New Guinea, had fit in well and pushed the players at training every week.
TIGERS owner Ian Chow says Lae can host more Digicel Cup matches if the Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) wants to move games from Port Moresby over the lockdown.
“Digicel Cup matches draw big crowds to the Lae Rugby League Ground,” he said.
“But due to the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League’s Covid-19 protocols, we’ve been restricting attendance so far this season.
“Having said that, Lae is free from the Covid-19.
“We still have more fans who are eager to attend matches but sometimes don’t gain entry.
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