The PNG national rugby league competition, the Digicel Cup, kicks off this weekend. With changes to the competition format, aimed at being innovative and sparking greater interest of prospective clubs; the Waghi Tumbe is the latest team to join this season after a 15-year absence from the rugby league scene.
Jiwaka Governor, Dr William Tongamp, says their expectations are simple: to finish in the top six this season.
Competition favourites, Agmark Rabaul Gurias, are entering this year’s competition with much optimism, despite their loss to Hela Wigmen, in the finals. The team has been revamped, with a combination of promising youngsters, and experienced league players in the line-up.
Defending cup champion’s Hela Wigmen are adamant they will retain the cup this year. The men from Hela will take on the Enga Mioks, in Wabag.
In Pool B: Agmark Gurias will face the Gulf Isapeas in Kokopo; the Goroka Lahanis will go head-to-head with Tigers, in Goroka.
New kids on the block Waghi Tumbe hope to please the home crowd when they take on the Simbu Lions in Minj.
Gary Lo is sure to redeem himself after his shocking departure from a stint in English rugby last year when he runs on this weekend with the Hagen Eagles. This weekend they face the Muruks in Mendi.