By MALUM NALU
LAE rugby union side Pirates are continuing their relationship with shipping company, Bismark Maritime.
The company has supported Pirates for the last seven years with two sets of jumpers and this year will be the eighth year running.
Bismarck Maritime marketing manager David Black was at the SCRUM Oval at the Lae showground last Friday, to deliver the two sets of jumpers to the buccaneers.
“This year, we’ve gone for a new design with new materials, in traditional red, white and black Bismark Maritime colours, which are also the colours of Pirates,” he said.
Pirates’ secretary Jackson Varcilli said without the support of corporate sponsors, the club would not be able to survive and players would not be able to play rugby week-in week-out.
“It is my privilege and honour to accept these brand new quality jerseys on behalf of the club and its supporters. I would like to thank Jamie and Julian Sharp and Bismark Maritime shipping company for its ongoing support in ensuring we are fully kitted for another season,” he said.
“These jerseys are much lighter than our previous set and will boost our team’s image and our efforts towards winning the competition this year.”
Minor sponsors are Designscope Architects, who are sleeve sponsors.
Pirates have made some strategic improvements to the management this year, including appointing John Posanei as president, backed by Varcilli as secretary, Maurice Owen as fundraising chairman and Sonny Songake as club treasurer.
On top of that, the Pirates have former representative player Ephraim Tavua, who is also a qualified and very-experienced coach.