The National – Wednesday, February 9, 2011
GULF Isapea chairman Sarea Soi and his board have congratulated the Huli Wigmen for their acceptance into this year’s inter-city competition.
But Soi said the Isapea board, which had the full support of Gulf Governor Havila Kavo, would continue to work hard with the hope that a decision to be part of this year’s competition favours them in a week’s time (Feb 18).
“We will stay focused with the hope that a decision favours us soon,” Soi said in a media release.
“We have basically met the necessary requirements and will continue to work hard so that by the time we get the green light, we would be in the advanced stages with our planning,” Soi said.
For instance, a fundraising dance, which will involve some of Gulf’s best musicians like Basil Greg, Robert Oeka and Wamsi Ilau at Sports Inn on Friday, would go ahead as planned, he said.
It would be an anxious wait for the Isapeas while PNG National Rugby League board decides whether Masta Mak Rangers will be allowed to participate this year.
But the Isapea’s board is hoping that if the Rangers get the nod that some adjustments be made to have an 11-team competition.
“We were aware of the fact a couple of teams will use the Lloyd Robson oval as their home ground so we submitted that we play our games on Saturday,” Soi said.
He said there were plenty of young Gulf players out there who were anxiously waiting for the Isapeas to get into the competition and the supporters were all geared up to make Saturday a Gulf Isapea day when “our home games are played”.