PREPARATIONS for the possible inclusion of the new Hela Wigmen team from Southern Highlands province in next year’s bemobile Cup competition got a boost with a K15,000 sponsorship.
The money was donated by Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape following a request to his office by Wigmen coach and former Queensland and Brisbane Bronco Julian O’Neill.
O’Neill, who now works for international contractor Curtain Brothers (PNG) Ltd in Tari, was appointed coach of the intending franchise.
The member presented the cheque to Tari league president, Heni Gendari, at the Homa rugby league field in Tari last month.
Potape said though Tari league was not in his electorate, some of the youths from Hulia, Komo and Margarima areas played with local clubs and took part in the Tari competition.
Therefore, he was pleased to support Tari league as he saw sports as a tool for social development among the Hela youth.
He said that as long as he was the MP for one of the electorates in Hela, he would support the league and the Wigmen team for the common good of Hela.
Potape said Hela Wigmen were the pride and unifying symbol of all Hela people and it was important that early preparations including securing sponsorship, player recruitment and administration be in place before the team could qualify to participate in the country’s semi-professional competition.
A very elated Gendari thanked Potape for the money and said it would boost the morale and preparations of the Wigmen team.
Gendari urged other Hela MPs to follow Potape’s example and support Tari league.