SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 MEDIA RELEASE

The John Ambane Oval in Minj, Jiwaka will host its 3rd Digicel Cup fixture for this season when Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles take on Gas Resources Ltd Central Dabaris in Round 11 of the regular season proper competition this Saturday September 19, 2020 at 2.00pm. PNG National Rugby League Competitions (NRLC) Manager Stanley Hondina said the venue staff and the Minj people had shown great support and co-operation in complying with the Banis Protocols in the past two games held there.“Taking this final season proper round game to Minj shows our appreciation for the fantastic work and commitment the people in Minj have shown towards our premier rugby league competition during this difficult season,” Hondina said. He said a Triple header will be played at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby this Sunday September 20, 2020 to end the shortened 2020 Digicel Cup season. “At 12.00 noon will see Kroton Hela Wigmen take on PRK Gulf Isou, at 2.00pm, JPG Waghi Tumbe play Agmark Rabaul Gurias and at 4.00pm will be the clash between Moni Plus NCDC Pom Vipers and Lae Snax Tigers,” Hondina said. He added a submission for spectators to return and watch games is with the Controller of National Pandemic Office. “We hope to have a favourable response back from the Controller’s Office in the next few days for fans to attend and watch games in Port Moresby as we head into the finals series after this weekend,” Hondina said. He said the Double Header in Lae this Sunday September 20, 2020 will see KImbe Cutters take on PRK Mendi Muruks at 1.00pm followed by EPG Enga Mioks versus Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at 3.15pm. Hondina said the top six will qualify for the finals series starting the following weekend and some big games are on the cards in this final season proper round. “Let’s continue to uphold and adhere to the Banis Protocols and I wish every team all the best” he said. “For those franchises that will be bowing out after this weekend, we can all hold our heads high for seeing this season through during this very difficult and unprecedented times.” “Finally, on behalf of the PNGRFL and PNGNRLC Boards, the management and staff, I wish to extend to all our Franchises, players and officials, our valued sponsors / partners and every citizen – young and old – throughout PNG a Happy 45th Independence Anniversary.

God bless PNG,” Hondina said.

The 2020 Digicel Cup Round 11 Draws are:

Saturday September 19, 2020 – John Ambane Oval, Minj

2.00pm Wamp Nga Mt Hagen Eagles vs GRL Central Dabaris

Sunday September 20, 2020 – Lae Rugby League Ground (Double Header)

1.00pm PRK Mendi Muruks vs Kimbe Cutters

3.15pm EPG Enga Mioks vs Bintangor Goroka Lahanis

Sunday September 20, 2020 – Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby (Triple Header)

12.00 noon Kroton Hela Wigmen vs PRK Gulf Isou

2.00pm Agmark Rabaul Gurias vs JPG Waghi Tumbe

4.00pm Moni Plus NCDC Pom Vipers vs Lae Snax Tigers