The National – Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By ELIAS LARI
THE Mt Hagen Kuris have struck it lucky for the second year in a row with Wantok Gaming System (WGS) renewed its support of the inter-city cup side with a K200,000 sponsorship package to compete in the new season.
Chief executive officer of the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Simon Sanagke revealed this on Sunday in Mt Hagen.
However, he said currently Mt Hagen had two teams, the Eagles and Kuris, but added that these two teams were working towards a possible merger so that they could form a stronger side.
The Kuris were the wooden spooners in the bemobile Cup last season and would welcome the proposed merger which would not only bolster its playing ranks but possibly bring in many loyal Eagles fans.
He said if both teams Kuri and Eagles sit in a round table discussion then they could form a better team selecting from the cream of the province’s best players.
He said Western Highlands produced quality players and that was why WGS was proud to become the major sponsor of the Kuris.
Eagles president Peter Bepi has not indicated any interest in combining with the Kuris but may have no choice if they do not re-enter.
Sanagke said rugby league was a national sport and such sponsorship would boost the morale of the players.
He said the sponsorship package was not a waste but it was part promoting development in the country.