The 2020 Digicel Cup Round 6 draws for this Sunday August 19, 2020 will see Kokopo host a Digicel Cup game and a Triple Header in Port Moresby. PNG National Rugby League Competition (PNG NRLC) Manager Stanley Hondina revealed this today when issuing the draws for this weekend.
He said the management at Kalabond oval in Kokopo have the capacity to comply and implement the strict Banis Protocols in place to run the premier competition.
“Following my visit to Kokopo two weeks ago and a recommendation to the Board which was subsequently approved, we are satisfied that staff at Kalabond have the capacity to strictly manage these protocols set by the Office of National Pandemic,” Hondina said. “I am also happy that the condition of the playing surface is suitable for this competition.”
He said Ticket prices and sales points will be made known later in the week. Hondina said other venues including Kimbe, Goroka, Minj and Wabag are being looked at with the possibility of hosting a game. “With five rounds remaining in the season proper round robin, we are hoping to have a game at these venues,” Hondina said.
“The competition continues to adapt quickly to the challenges and changing circumstances presented by COVID-19 and shows how activities may continue with appropriate protocols that minimize the risks.”
He said no spectators were allowed at last Sunday’s round 5 split round double header in Port Moresby. “It was a different atmosphere and feeling but we all got by,” he said. "We should know in the next few days if the NO spectators restrictions will be lifted or otherwise when the 14 day lockdown in Port Moresby is reviewed.” Hondina said that due to the fluidity of circumstances during this time, draws will be released weekly for now. He expressed the Board’s gratitude to all stakeholders, Franchise owners, sponsors, partners and players and officials for their support and understanding over the past five rounds. “They have been very co-operative and understanding and we value and appreciate them all,” Hondina said.
“We are half way in the round robin therefore I urge all of us to continue following and adhering to these protocols and to take care and stay safe,” he said. “We encourage you all to be strong and keep the spirit of team work together so we can get through this difficult time.”
The Digicel Cup Round 6 Draws on Sunday August 16, 2020 is:
SIR JOHN GUISE STADIUM – PORT MORESBY
12.00 noon - MONI PLUS NCDC VIPERS VS JPG WAGHI TUMBE
2.00pm - CENTRAL DABARIS VS PRK MURUKS
4.00PM - KROTON HELA WIGMEN VS WAMP NGA MT HAGEN EAGLES
LAE RUGBY LEAGUE GROUND
1.15PM - LAE SNAX TIGERS VS KIMBE CUTTERS
3.30PM - EPG ENGA MIOKS VS PRK GULF ISOU
KALABOND OVAL – KOKOPO
2.00PM - RABAUL AGMARK GUIRIAS VS BINTANGOR GOROKA LAHANIS
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