OUT EVERY FRIDAY: PNG Sports Talk with NHookz
Here we are, the Digicel Cup Grand Final. The Everest of PNG Rugby league’s national competition. The competition that gives rise and platform to players within the domestic competitions.
Grand final day will feature the contenders, come back kings of the 2019 season, the Kroton Hela Wigmen.
Their opponent and minor premiers, the Lae Snax Tigers, solid and solitary.
The run of the Wigmen has been synced with social and political uncertainty of their home province, pulling together to show remarkable unity to get a grand final berth in what is proving to be uniting. Combinations and cohesion midway through the season has turned them around, seeing success and in-turn building confidence to physically intimidate and strategically dispose of more fancied opponents.
Awaiting them are the Lae Snax Tigers. The solitary consistent franchise of the past 5 years. Great management and franchise that continues to support the code in many development modes and promotion of their academy and raw finds seeing their stocks continuously raided by the PNG Hunters for their playing roster.
Experience and youth managed by tact and guile in coach Stan Tepend mentoring his men with a hardness that has proven records.
National Football Stadium will be a pre-independence celebration of culture. Sure to be dominated by Hela in their Huli attire with the might of ethnic Lae City representing the length and breadth of Morobe Province.
A great Sunday of Rugby League in store. I’m tipping the Wigmen to continue their piercing form and sneak home against the Tigers.
Whatever sport or activity you’re on to this weekend, play fair and play safe.