The National, Friday 14th September 2012
By KEITH PUARIA
AN Australian Legends side will play a Papua New Guinea Legends in the Ela Motors Legends of League challenge on Nov 18.
This was confirmed at the 2012 Ela Motors Legends of League Challenge launching yesterday.
Ela Motors and the Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Bid yesterday launched the event at the Ela Motors showroom in the presence of Sports Vice-Minister Labi Amaiu, Bid Committee member Graham Osbourne, Legends of League organiser Troy Byers, and former Australian rugby league star Scott Hill.
“The value of this event to the community is huge for us.
“It is the satisfaction of being able to assist this kind of events, give the local community the opportunity to see players, stars that they only see on TV that is value for us,” Ela Motors national sales and marketing manager Rob McKeon said at the launch.
“We are very proud to be able to present this international event to the people of PNG.”
“The event confirmed itself as an annual event after a successful debut last year, and is set to be even bigger and better,” Bid chief executive officer Brad Tassell said.
After the success of last year’s ‘Origin Legends’ event, the bid has taken the concept even further with the Aussie Legends taking on the PNG legends.
“It will be a wonderful three days and will celebrate and recognize not only the former Australian greats, but also the former PNG greats of the game,” Tassell said in the release.
Tassell also confirmed that the match would be televised LIVE across the nation by EMTV, and appealed to the PNG business corporate sector to support the event through sponsorship packages.
PNG Legends Marcus Bai, Adrian Lam, Arnold Krewanty, Stanley Gene, North Bougainville MP Louta Atoi, Raymond Karl, Ben Bire, Stanley Haru, Kera Ngaffin, Joe Gispe and Bal Numapo are some of the former Kumuls set to take the field in November, while Australia have confirmed Hill, Robbie O’Davis, David PeachyNathan Blacklock, Wayne Bartrim, Julian O’Neill.
Australian legends that have noted interest but have yet to confirm are Brad Fitler, Preston Campbell and Brett Kimmorley.