THE Southern Regional Nines rugby league weeklong tournament kicked off at the Lloyd Robson Oval on Sunday with 74 teams participating.
The challenge attracted teams from Western, Gulf, Milne Bay and Oro provinces with Port Moresby (NCD) and Central province providing the bulk of the numbers.
The event continues the sporting fest for residents in the city after the 4th PNG Games and complements more sporting action leading into the festive season.
And with the backing of business house Stran Travel Agency, the Lakwaharu (Tubusereia) rugby league association are now geared up for the regional tournament giving selected players the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Most players have been involved with the local Battle of Origin tournament at home, which had ended recently and has given them the upper-hand over their rivals.
Stran Travel Agency managing director Charles Tipi, who is sponsoring the side, urged the players to go out there and perform to their best.
Tipi, who is also a rugby league administrator, said, although he came from Enga province, his heart was with rugby league and such tournaments were the avenues for the promotion of hidden rugby league talents.
“That is where Stran Travel Agency comes in with their support,” Tipi said.
The week-long tournament was also an opportunity for talent scouts to recruit potential players or upcoming talents.
Lakwaharu Storms were fortunate to have the deputy chairman of the Enga Mioks, Eddie Muller witness the presentation of their new uniforms.
Last year, the team finished in the top 10 and played in the quarter finals. They are keen to go one better this time, finishing in the top five spots.