The National, Thursday 12th July 2012
LOYALTY is hard to find these days but businessman Firman Joseph has stuck with the club he helped start, the Nova Rugby Union Club, in Port Moresby.
Joseph’s business, Paradise Realty Ltd, handed the club four new sets of uniforms and a cheque for K10,000 in a sponsorship deal worth K50,000 for the season.
"This means a lot to Nova but you were a part of this from the beginning too so you know how much this means," club president Tracey Tiran said when accepting the cheque and uniforms.
"Once again your sponsorship and support will continue to drive the players.
"We came close at the end last season and hopefully we can reward your support with some silverware this season."
Paradise manager Joe Kambian made the presentation on behalf of the company.
"This sponsorship doesn’t come close to how excited the company is at being a part of something new from the start and watching it grow over the past season and a half," he said.
The four sets of uniforms were for the club’s four divisions, women’s, Under-19s, A grade and premiers.
Joseph’s sponsorship started last year with a set of jerseys for the premiers only under the umbrella of Paradise Tailoring, and as promised, after all grades made the finals last season, he delivered.
Nova made its entry into the Port Moresby Rugby Union scene in 2011, taking both A and premier grades to the final against champion club, Harlequins. The U19s lost in the semi-finals.
Only into its second season, the club has grown to be one of the main contenders for premierships in all divisions and contributing to national sides.
Emmanuel Guise, Billy Torea, Kapua Kapua and Douglas Guise represented the country in last year’s Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) Cup.