The National, Tuesday October 15th, 2013
Kavieng mp Ben Micah has thrown his weight behind the successful Malangan Barbarians invitational sevens with a five-year commitment to ensure it gets bigger and better.
The Minister for State Enterprises said if he had it his way, the Lugagun Beach Oval would become the home of sevens rugby in the country.
Micah made the comments following the three-day Micah Sports Limited-sponsored tournament in the Tikana local level government in New Ireland.
The tournament brought together 28 teams, including teams from six rugby playing centres throughout the country.
Sevens circuit champions Mad Gauns of Madang won the cup and the K30,000 prize money after beating Black Orchids of Bougainville 26-19 at on Sunday.
“It was truly a national event and we must ensure it gets bigger and better,” Micah said.
He said the Kavieng joint district planning committee would take this positive concept forward for his people to take ownership of.
Micah said for the long term there were plans to build a mini stadium.
“I congratulate the Malangan Barbarians management headed by Ronnie Meli Jr for a fantastic effort. We go forward with this concept for the people of Kavieng to take ownership of,” he said.
Backing him was Lihir Landowners Association chairman Peter Suar, who pledged his commitment for the tournament.