Mendi Muruks present lawn mowers, brush cutters to army

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By BRADLEY MARIORI
DIGICEL Cup franchise Mendi Muruks last weekend presented two lawn mowers and as many brush cutters to Lae’s Igam Barracks to help the military keep it clean.
Franchise manager Eric Alom presented the K6,000 worth of equipment to Lae area commanding officer Lt Col Michael Marai for using the facilities to train from 2005 to 2013 and from 2019 to this year.
“The attitude of the players is different when they were mentored and trained here,” Alom said.
“So we’d like to show our appreciation for the support.
“The discipline and support we received from the military helped us win three titles from five grand final appearances since 2005.
“In 2013, the team went back to Mendi, but we didn’t do well.
“So in 2019, we decided to come back to Lae where we were received with open arms at Igam Barracks.
“This is where we re-built the team from 2019 to this year.”
Alom said the equipment was to show their appreciation for the military’s hospitality and support.
Thanking the Muruks for the donation, Lt Col Marai said the partnership went back to when the Muruks were trained by Australian army and then the Papua New Guinea Defence Force. “We will continue this relationship,” he said. Marai said the barracks were a big area and the equipment would be used by all four units for clean-up.

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