Nine-Mile league calls for fair go

Normal, Sports

The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014


NINE-Mile Rugby League executives have called on NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby North East MP Labi Amaiu to assist them financially to complete their season.

President Felix Atusa and treasurer George Kepa called on their public representatives to assist after earlier appeals had fallen on deaf ears.

Atusa said there was no funding from Parkop through the Port Moresby Suburban Rugby League.

He said Amaiu disbursed K20,000 for the competition last year and pledged another K20,000.

Atusa queried last year’s allocation saying that they have not received the money in full.

The Nine-Mile competition covers a large playing population from Bomana (CS) down to Erima Junction. 

Atua said they were an affiliate  of the Port Moresby Suburban Sports Association and had a team, K-Faris in the Suburban league competition.

He said it was a sad case for his league as many promises had been made but little had been given.

Atusa thanked Amaiu for last year’s support but added that they were hoping that he would fulfil the pledge he made for 2014.

“We started our finals last week and it will be over in a couple of weeks. We have not received any help to run our competition,” he said.

According to Atusa, Nine-Mile is one of the biggest off-season rugby league competitions in the NAtional capital District with 34 teams.

“We desperately need some financial assistance to complete the finals. We need help to end our finals on a good note.”

Atusa said anyone wishing to assist them could contact him on 73465418 or his treasurer George Kepa on 70757176.

In other off-season league news, Amaiu gave K25,000 to the Baaz Cup NCD EHD off-season league.

Amaiu presented the cheque to the executives in a brief presentation yesterday.

This is the same amount from last year but in 2010-2012 was less than that so Amaiu has supported the league for four years now.

Baaz president Benny Kene thanked Amaiu saying the money would used to purchase awards and for cash prizes for the finalists including the top 16 teams in the A and B grade. The grand final will be played next month.