State entity powers up softball club championships

Sports

By HENRY MORABANG
PNG Power has renewed its partnership with softball by giving K40,000 to the PNG Softball Federation to stage its National Club Softball championship this weekend.
In a presentation held recently in Port Moresby, PNG Power customer services general manager Upa Minga announced the sponsorship, saying the state-owned enterprise was part of the community and had a social obligation to help the community in technical as well as social areas.
Minga said the relationships between PNG Power and the PNG Softball Federation went back five years and they were pleased to be asociated with the code.
In the absence of acting PNG Power chief executive officer Chris Bais, who is also the PNG Softball Federation president, Minga wished the federation the best in running the club titles.
PNGSF vice-president Ralph Tarasomo, when accepting the sponsorship, thanked PNG Power for their continued sponsorship.
He said the softball federation was proud of its achievement for the last 42 years.
With the theme “Strike out against illegal connections” of the four-day tournament, Tarasomo said the federation would ensure the message got across.
“We’re pitching against illegal connections, hitting homes run against illegal connections and slidding home against illegal connections,” Tarasomo said of the theme.
Softball is returning to the Western Highlands after 19 years, with the federation urging Western Highlanders to come and support the game.
“I call on people of Western Highlands to respect the service providers and not to do illegal connection as it is very risky,” Tarasomo said.
He said the money from PNG Power would be used for prizes.
The winners for both men and women’s competitions would get K5000 each, while the runners-up gets K3000, third-place getters receive K2000 and fourth-place K1000.

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