Facelift for Dickson Oval

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DICKSON Rugby League Oval in Kundiawa, the home ground for  Kundiawa Warriors, is currently undergoing major upgrade and could be the best in PNG once completed.
Project manager Peter Aglua said in an interview last week that the facility would be somewhere near to the National Rugby League (NRL) standards.
“There will be tunnels for players to run through before getting in the field of play, proper change rooms, shower and toilets, VIP car parks and a larger car park.”
The Dickson Rugby League ground is the only field in Kundiawa which has been left unattended for over 30 years.  He said the overall ground would be in better shape with major landscaping and fencing nearing completion.
Aglua added that the new design would  include proper lighting systems for night games and other activities for teams and  public with a permanent grandstand to be built.
Aglua, a former sports director at the National Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka  and coach of Paralympic gold medallist Francis Kompaon, is now the director of Kair Engineering.
He said the major upgrade needed about K300,000 to complete however, they only had over half the amount required and need further assistance.
The initial amount came from Kundiawa-Gembogl MP Joe Mek Teine (K150,000), Simbu Governor Fr John Garia (K50,000) and National Gaming Control Board (K50,000).
“I appeal to all generous Simbus, including business houses in the province to help as the facility will lift the image of Simbu and Kundiawa,” Aglua said.
He can be contacted on 71111317 for any information and queries.
PNGNRL board chairman Don Fox was given a tour of the field early this month and urged the Warriors board to put more efforts into meeting bemobile standards.