The National, Thursday 02nd August, 2012
THE Papua New Guinea National Rugby League will no longer tolerate the no-care attitude of teams playing in the Digicel Cup.
PNGNRL general manager overseeing the premier competition in the country’s most popular sport Hubert Warupi yesterday clarified that the deduction of points penalties imposed on the Enga Mioks and Wantok Gaming System Eagles was because officials of those teams failed to adhere to instructions.
The Western Highlanders still owe K25,000 to the PNGNRL Bid, while the Enga provincial government sponsored Mioks failed to meet the deadline of May 18.
Warupi said all other franchises had paid their K80,000.
“The PNGNRL board has been too lenient on teams but the teams failed to adhere to instructions,” he said.
“The board needs the money to run the competition and for other expenditures.”
The Mioks paid their gate guarantee levy in full after the deadline, while WGS-sponsored team only paid K55,000.
“Unless the Eagles pay their fee, all their competition points will be forfeited to their opponent.”
Warupi said the PNGNRL board expected K10,000 from all franchises when they hosted a game.
All the franchise teams were allocated eight home games and have been levied K10,000 per game.
After docking the competition points, the Agmark Rabaul Gurias becomes the new leaders of the Digicel Cup competition with 26 points, the Mioks slid to second spot, SNS Port Moresby Vipers third with 22 points with Mendi Muruks.
The reigning champions, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis moved into fourth spot, 18 points ahead of Mt Hagen, who lost six competition points to fall to 14, Simbu Lions 11, Tigers 9 and Gulf Isapeas on 6 points.