By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE Milne Bay community flocked to the Bisini Soccer Park, Sir John Guise Stadium and the University grounds as the Eastern Papua Cup moved into its second round of competition over the weekend.
With a total of 40 men’s and 14 women’s teams competing in the tournament, teams will be looking to qualify for the finals.
Eastern Papua Cup president Bede Tomokita said there were less teams participating compared to last year.
He attributed the fall in the number of teams to the efficient management of the tournament and to lift the standard of the game.
Tomokita said this year’s competition would look more into good governance to ensure proper financial accountability and clamping down on sports violence.
He said under his leadership and invaluable support of clubs, he was optimistic the tournament would end on a high note.
The tournament finals playoffs are expected to be held on Dec 12.
Tomokita also revealed a new competition – the champion of champions – would kick off in January.
The concept will see the champion clubs of Port Moresby, Tabubil, Tufi Cup, Central, Koupa and Milne Bay to meet in a series of soccer extravaganza in the National Capital District.
The outgoing president Aggrey Watson said he was confident with the new executives, who would bring in new blood and ideas to take EPC to greater heights, especially with Tomokita’s vast experience in soccer administration with the NCD Public Servants Soccer Association and the Port Moresby Soccer Association.