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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Mt Hagen softball hosts Easter Cup Challenge

Mt Hagen Softball Association will be staging its own Easter Cup challenge, thanks to a cool K10,000 sponsorship from the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB).

The naming rights will also continue through to the remaining of the season at the end of this month.

The association could not take part in this year's national softball championships in Kokopo because they started their season late and there was no diamonds to play their matches on which would give them enough time to select a strong team.

Funds sponsored by NGCB will be used for running the competition and also for prizes which will be given out during the Easter challenge with K3000 up for grabs.

"Our association has a lot of untapped young talent who did not get the chance to play in the last three national championships as well as our own season," said Organising Committee Chairman Sebastian Tirupia.

"But with this sponsor and the availability of playing field, all players and officials are delighted and our competition will be in for a tough 2010-2011 season," said Tirupia

Teams that will be taking part in the PNG Gaming Board Easter Cup Challenge will be NGI, Unicats, Brown Eagles, and Water Board in the men's division and NGI Unicats, Jets and NGI 2 in the women's division.
The matches will be played at the Holy Trinity Teachers College.

Tirupia thanked NGCB CEO Simon Sanagke for the sponsorship, saying the funds will go a long way in reviving the softball competition in Western Highlands province and developing young talented soft ballers as well.

Tirupia commended senior players in Warkuwo Maradi, Vince Tirupia, Simon Poipoi, Max Robert, George Tadap, Ian Noki, John Igal, Narra Kakat and technical officers Patonga Makis, Mika Rek and all teams taking part for their tireless efforts in continuing to push for the competition to played in the province.

"Special mention to Danny Wyatt and Basil Kalang for their efforts and securing the sponsor from NGCB and also thanks to the principal of Holy Trinity Teachers College for allowing softball to be played on the campus," said Tirupia.

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