Image Source: ID24 Sports Club Facebook page.
Last year’s NCD Governor’s cup winners, ID24, are the first team to pay their registration fee into the Ipatas Cup NCD competition. Club patron, Derrick Mara, says it’s all about early preparation and giving the youths the opportunity to play rugby league. The team is set to take part in the competition come December, and will take the fields full on with their brand new jerseys for the 2019 Coca Cola Ipatas Cup and the NCD Governor’s Cup Competitions.
“We’ve got our uniform shirts, with the uniforms we’ve got special consideration to West Papuans, where at the bottom of the jersey will be ‘Free West Papua’, so that’s the awareness that we want to give,” the club patron stated.
ID24 is the first team to register their interest, paying their K1,000 registration fee in the NCD leg of the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup. The team already has a player-base-selection from players around the city of Port Moresby, and they are preparing to defend the NCD Governor’s Cup while aiming to remain as a strong opponent in the Ipatas Cup.
Club owner, Derrick Mara, further clarified the club name stating that ‘ID24’ is not associated with the ‘caller ID’ by Digicel, but it is part of his own life story.
The ID24 team is a way for the company to give back to the community, where the players picked to be part of the team, are given the opportunity to play in a well-established club.
“The main objective of the team is to create a pathway, not just to play for the club or play for the reward that is there.”
By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV Sports, Port Moresby