By LARRY ANDREW
THE Lae Cricket Association, without backers for a number of seasons, has received a boost with Pacific Cargo Services (PCS) securing the naming rights as part of a three-year sponsorship.
The sponsorship was made possible through an arrangement between Cricket Papua New Guinea (CPNG) and NKW Group.
“With CPNG coming onboard to give us this support, it means a lot to me and my executives who have worked tirelessly over the last couple of seasons,” association president Kenneth Ila told The National on Thursday.
“With Covid-19 affecting sports last year, we didn’t finish our season.
“But heading into the new season, the sponsorship is a huge blessing for us.
“We can go a long way with the sponsorship, especially with our focus on junior development and creating a pathway for young people in Lae.
“We have Damien Ravu (PNG Barramundis) and Vicky Ara’a (Lewas).
“Ravu has made us proud by helping the Barramundis qualify for this year’s Cricket World Cup.”
On behalf of PCS, Pacific Commercial Vehicles’ Richard Pomare said as a company of the NKW Group, they were happy to support Morobe cricketers in their efforts to progress to the next level of the sport.
“As a landowner company, PCS is keen to promote Morobe people and that’s our chief executive’s vision,” he said.
“We know that there are a lot of Port Moresby players, but Morobe is coming to get our fair share.
“PCS is one of the premier companies in the NKW stable and it has taken cricket onboard while other arms of the group are sponsoring different sports.
“We’d like to invest some of the company’s revenue in our communities.”
By LARRY ANDREW