The National, Friday August 2nd, 2013
TEAM Kumul executives are impressed with the Kalabond field in Kokopo that will host the Prime Minister’s XIII match on Sept 13.
Team Kumuls general manager, Matthew Natusch and high performance manager, Neil Dunckley were in Kokopo early this week to inspect facilities at the Kalabond for the upcoming event.
Kalabond Oval, otherwise known as the “Graveyard” will be hosting a PM’s XIII match for the first time.
After inspections, Natusch said Kalabond was in great condition and was a really well suited venue for such a game.
“Everyone will get a good view and they are relatively close to the action. It’s also nice to be able to bring such a match to the New Guinea Islands,” Natusch said.
“The surface itself is the best that I have seen in PNG for a while and the venue is top notch,” he said.
“From what I was shown and had explained to me the new grandstand and seating will add significantly to the spectators comfort and viewing experience.”
When asked about the future of rugby league in East New Britain, his personal thought was that it was particularly bright.
“You have a well-supported and well-run team representing the region and you have a great coach and mentor in Michael Marum who is committed not only to the Gurias but also to the development of the local game.
“He is also using the Guria players and staff to help grow the game which is very positive,” the Cairns-based Kumul official said.