Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ipatas Cup big League for all season

Source: Sports, Post Courier, December 21, 2011
By FRANK RAI
THE Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup rugby league carnival has announced a massive K500,000 allocation for the 2012 competition which will kick off next February.
K200,000 from that money will go in prizes and the remaining K300,000 for food, accommodation and transport for the participants. The budget has dramatically increased since the interest has reached the Southern and New Guinea Islands regions who will be staging separate competitions to select their best teams for the finals. The competition has set a benchmark as being one of the most lucrative off-season competitions in the country, sanctioned by the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League. At the official launching last Friday, CCIC chairman Walis Pigin, chief executive officer Timothy Lepa and PNGRFL Highlands presidents spokesman Sandis Tsaka made the announcement in front of a packed crowd at the Aviat Social Club in Lae.
Pigin said it has set a benchmark since its interception in 1999 when it started off with two teams, basically to select the Toyota Enga Mioks team for the Inter-city Cup competition.
Walis said the competition has come this far to spread throughout the country, basically to unearth hidden talents and potential rugby league players in the rural areas.
He said the 2012 competition will set a record for the country in its prize money and at the same time the overall running of the competition.
CEO Lepa also said the competition has produced representative players at both the local and international levels.
He commended sponsors, including major sponsor Coca-Cola Amatil (PNG) saying without their continued assistance, the competition would not have come thus far.
Meanwhile, PNGRFL Highlands Region spokesman Tsaka who stood in for CCIC patron and Enga Governor Peter Ipatas to launch the program said the competition was not only for Enga but for the country.
Tsaka said the Enga Provincial Government would continue to support the competition since it was embarking on bring out hidden talents in the rural areas.
He said the Enga government will ensure that the competition reach heights.

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