The National, Wednesday July 1st, 2012
THE PNGNRL Board has docked six competition points from Mt Hagen Eagles and two points from Digicel Cup joint leaders Enga Mioks for the non-payment of gate their guarantee levy.
Mioks initially on 26 points have been relegated to second spot with 24 points, allowing the Rabaul Gurias (26) to be sole leaders while the Eagles, who were on 20 points, fell from fourth spot to sixth with 14.
PNGNRL general manager Hubert Warupi said the board approved the sanctions after both teams failed to comply with the payments deadline for gate guarantees due for this Digicel Cup season.
He said both teams had been forewarned to settle the outstanding amounts or risk losing points.
As a result of the deductions from the Eagles and Mioks, the Digicel Cup leaderboard after round 16 is: Agmark Rabaul Gurias 26, Enga Mioks 24, SNS Port Moresby Vipers 22, SBSL Mendi Muruks 22, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 18, WGS Mt Hagen Eagles 14, TNA Simbu Lions 11, Snax Lae Tigers 9, Prima Smallgoods Gulf Isapeas 6.
Meanwhile, Warupi said the PNGNRL board wanted to correct media reports with regards to the Lae Tigers team.
“The media circulation on July 4-5 by Digicel on behalf of the PNGNRL did not state the term ‘assault’, which has been widely reported,” Warupi said.
“Unfortunately, this has resulted in adverse publicity for the Tigers.
“The PNGNRL, which is the governing body of the Digicel Cup through the judicial arm, applied to both George Moni’s and Jerry Kutz’s misconduct offences for ‘abusive and offensive language against match officials’ thus bringing the game into disrepute and not for assault as it has been reported by the media.”