By Shane Saroya – EMTV Sport, Port Moresby
The annual Intercity Cup dates back to the late 90s, when back it was known as SP Intercity Cup. The one thing that has plagued the game ever since, however, has been spectator violence.
One person who has been around the competition since its inception, was none other than the league’s major sponsor, South Pacific Brewery Limited Managing Director, Stan Joyce.
Joyce was vocal about spectator violence, saying it disrupts the morals of the game, and cannot be tolerated.
He further stated the there is no room for violence in this competition, and people who perpetrate this type of behaviour will be dealt with accordingly.
It’s a game that unit’s people, and he appealed to supporters around the country to take pride and ownership in their Inter City Cup teams.
Joyce made the statement earlier this week before presenting a K400,000 sponsorship package to the Intercity Cup.
Kick-starting round one this Sunday will see Isapea taking on Vipers in Port Moresby.
Eagles will play Wagi Tumbe at Rambiamul Oval in Mt Hagen, and Lahanis will take on Madi Muruks at the National Sport Institute in Goroka.
Lions will battle with Wigman in Mendi, Gurias will play Mioks at Kalabond Oval in East New Britain, while Tigers have the bye.