David Munro in action against the PNG last year. Photo Alix Sweeney
STORY ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE PNG POST COURIER
SP PNG Hunters take on Townsville Blackhawks in Round 12 of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby this Sunday.
Air Niugini cup launched
And to commemorate the recently launched direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville, Air Niugini has put up the perpetual Air Niugini Cup to be played for between the SP Hunters and Townsville Blackhawks.
“The inaugural Air Niugini Cup will be played for by the two teams in Port Moresby this weekend,” Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo said.
“The Cup will be played for on an annual basis and will encourage our fellow country folk living in and around Townsville, supporters of the Blackhawks as well as the business and corporate community to travel to Port Moresby.
“Not only will the focus be for this annual tournament, but the opportunity will be provided to travel on our direct flight on Friday, visit friends and families or do business on Saturday, watch the game on Sunday and return direct on Monday,” he said.
Foo said this year’s Air Niugini Cup will pay tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Kokoda.
“Next year’s game and ensuing games will pay tribute to notable observances and causes so the Air Niugini Cup played for between these two teams will be special.”
PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau was grateful for Air Niugini’s support to the SP Hunters as well as rugby league throughout the country.
“The curtain raiser on Sunday will see Digicel Cup teams Hela Wigmen and Rabaul Agmark Gurias go head to head and we thank Air Niugini for the special discount fares for supporters of these two teams to travel to Port Moresby.
“This is in addition to the support given for the Port Moresby–Townsville return fares and we are really appreciative and grateful for the support Air Niugini is giving,” Rau said.
He also expressed gratitude to the Chairman and CEO of the QRL for giving their blessing of the Air Niugini Cup.
The SP Hunters versus Townsville Blackhawks game is expected to be kicked off by Air Niugini Board chairman Sir Fredrick Reiher or CEO Simon Foo at 3pm on Sunday at the NFS in Port Moresby.