Motu koitabu Cup boosted
By WANPIS AKO
REDEVELOPED, world-class Sir Hubert Murray Stadium will become the venue for the Motu Koita Rugby League championships starting next year, with a funding increase in sponsorship from K50, 000 to K100, 000.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop made the announcement in front of the league’s management, representatives of the Southern Confederate of PNG RFL and Moresby South RFL, team managers and supporters on Sunday, October 13, 2019 after the MKRLF grand final match at PNG Football Stadium. Mr Parkop urged the management to boost the tournament with an inclusion of women teams as well.
He said the stadium would be opened for use before the end of this year. On the match, a wonderful try by Tatana Island (TI) Dolphins’ captain and half-back Beika Boe helped his team to end raiding and piracy crusade of fellow TI Vikings this year, claiming the prestigious NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s cup with a cash prize of K8000. Dolphins won 12-8. Vikings walked away with K4000 cash prize.
“Vikings and Dolphins, what a great game. Dolphins, you are first time on the scene but you have done yourself proud. Vikings, you did not win but I think everybody won.
Dolphins can go home with the cup but Vikings you can hold your heads high. You played very well and tough. It was anybody’s game until the end so everybody needs to be congratulated,” he told them. Speaking before the prize presentation, he said the atmosphere during the match was great when the supporters stood on their toes cheering with full of energy from the beginning to the end.
“It is not only a great game on the field but outside as well. This is what the game is about. It is about community members coming together as one embracing the game and use it to lift ourselves for the future. That is why, as your governor and patron, I am proud to support it. It is a win for all of us.
The game was a win for both teams, our association, for me and win for Tatana and other Motu Koitabu villages,” he said. He commended the league management and the teams for a successful year, saying he is looking forward to a bigger and better competition with the inclusion of female teams. Acting chairman for MKRFL Arthur Patrick thanked Governor Parkop and the commission for the sponsorship boost.