LOCAL printing company Tokiwa Limited has been given the thumbs up for supporting a newly-established rugby union club based in the Ensisi Valley in Port Moresby.
After only two seasons, the Valley Hunters Club progressed well this season in the tough Port Moresby Rugby Football Union (POMRFU) competition.
Their success can be attributed to the support from the printing company based at Gordon.
This year, Tokiwa Limited paid the K750 club affiliation fee, all medical supplies and a new set of jumpers ordered from Kooga, Australia.
Club president Geoffrey Puipui said it was hard to secure sponsorship in these tough economical times.
“However, Tokiwa Limited showed their genuineness in supporting our little community in doing its part to promote the youths participating in sports,” he said.
Puipui took the opportunity to thank Tokiwa Limited manager Thadeus Neyorhman for their invaluable contribution towards the club.
Puipui, a former PNG Pukpuk prop in his hey days during the 90s, agreed that it was not easy running a club.
As a player, the rugged prop, enjoyed his time with the University Piggies and then the flamboyant Telikom under Scotsman Bill Burgess.
He also travelled the world.
He never had any worries, he enjoyed his rugby and his beer after the game, comraderie and maybe a punt in-between at the local TAB.
Now as an administrator and a leader in the community, he sees the importance of sponsors and the important role they play in supporting the club meet their goals.
Puipui said the change of roles has been tough, but with the support of his family, Ensisi Valley community and fellow club executives and coaches, they are beginning to see the fruits of their labour after only two seasons.
“It’s a blessing to have Tokiwa Limited come onboard. They basically allowed us to concentrate on coaching and, importantly maintaining the interest of the youths throughout the season,” he said.