By JACK AMI
GULF Governor Havila Kavo has tasked the Gulf Isapea board to partner with leagues in Central to recruit players for next year’s Digicel Cup.
This relationship should also see Central Governor Kila Haoda, Rigo MP Ano Pala, Abau MP Sir Puka Temu, Kairuku Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo and Goilala MP Willim Samb join forces to support the Gulf franchise which represents the Southern region in the PNG National Rugby League competition.
Kavo made the announcement to Gulf Isapea chairman Jacob Ivaroa, Kerema Rugby League president Emmanuel Morehari and Kerema town mayor Jack Nari in Kerema last Saturday.
He said if Central could not get a team into the semi-professional competition next year, the Isapea board would be willing to take on the province’s talent.
“There are a lot of great talents in the Papuan region.
“If Central can’t get a team into the competition next year, then the logical side for players to go to is the Isapea,” Kavo said.
“We have been giving our Gulf players opportunities in the Digicel Cup and we extend that to Central players as well.”
Ivaroa backed the governor’s stance while Southern Confederate director Gwaibo Mairi, Central Premier League president Jack Kedea and Hiri league’ Micky Kone welcomed the gesture.
Ivaroa said in keeping with Kavo’s wishes, the Isapea board and selectors would include Central players in their initial train-on squad for trials to start in January.
Hiri’s Micky Kone thanked Kavo and Ivaroa for their support and said the province’s abundance in rugby league talent was about to be given a platform next year.
By JACK AMI