SUNDAY’S bemobile Cup grand final between Agmark NGIP Guria and Toyota Mioks in Port Moresby will coincide with the unveiling of a new-look trophy, bemobile chairman Anthony Smare announced yesterday.
“It was designed by a very talented 13-year-old student, Florence Metta, from St Francis School in Koki, whose future education and immediate school needs will be catered for with the K35,000 prize money she won,” Smare said.
“The new design ably represents bemobile and PNG and will be a fitting prize that the best rugby league players in PNG will play for this year and the future in the bemobile Cup competition,” Smare said.
“I am delighted with the outstanding success of the bemobile Cup, and we are amazed at how well the people of PNG have thrown their support behind this new-look competition. He said this season saw record numbers of spectators, a more competitive competition where there was very little difference in terms of quality and performance between the top of the ladder and the mid-ladder teams.
“I congratulate the two teams that have reached the finals.
“Both represent two different parts of our diverse country and they have walked different paths to get here.
“Guria have been the form team all year, demonstrating that they deserved to be there on the basis of their consistent performances all year.
“Their arrival at the grand final is testament to the fantastic team organization, team culture and the great support that they receive.
“The Mioks have scrapped through from mid-table, but have come good when it mattered most – putting on a series of outstanding results late in the season reminiscent of Australian NRL’s Paramatta Eels’ charge into the finals.
“Their arrival at the grand final is testament to the fierce Engan determination of their team, the fantastic support of their franchise owners and the team officals as well as the fanatical support of the Miok supporters.”
The bemobile chief said both teams deserve to be in the finals.
“They represent the diversity of our country, both in their players and in their origins, and in their passion for the game, their determination to succeed and win, and their love for their country – they represent the same things that bemobile wants to embody as the Papua New Guinean mobile phone company.
“And for the game this Sunday – may the best team win,” Smare said.