Tigers not worried about Hela fans, says Chow


THE Lae Tigers are not concerned about Hela Wigmen’s home advantage in Port Moresby, says franchise owner Ian Chow.
Chow told The National ahead of Sunday’s Digicel Cup grand final between the two sides that the Tigers were used to playing away and that the Wigmen’s supporters would not worry them.
“They (Tigers) usually play in hostile territory many times and it’s nothing new,” said Chow, who is also the owner of Lae Biscuit Company.
“Even at our Lae Rugby League Ground, we get a lot of Highlands teams who come down to play and they have more supporters than ours.
“But usually, it doesn’t affect how our players and the result of the games.
“We know the Wigmen have a big following in Port Moresby and their supporters will be cheering them.
“I know we also have good support here as well. But we are not concerned about that, I think Tigers will perform well on Sunday.” Chow appealed to the fans of both teams to support responsibly.
Meanwhile, the Wigmen say they are more focused on the grand final than their fans.
Wigmen centre Gilmo Paul told The National on Tuesday that a game was only won on the field of play.
“We have been based in Port Moresby for a while now and crowd support has always been like that,” he said.
“But our aim is to go out there play hard to get the result we want.”


  • Chow is absolutely right. When players focus on supporters they lose control and concentration. Tigers are known for never say die attitude and if they maintain this attitude Wigman need to improve on sloppy early ball give a ways. Players positive attitudes will win the finals.

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