Excitement is brewing in the rugby community of Morobe Province as the Morobe Rugby Union President, Lionel Kamiak, announces preparations for this year’s highly anticipated Morobe Union Transhighway 7s tournament.
Set to kick off on the 24th and 25th of this month, the tournament promises to showcase top-tier talent at the renowned Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.
Speaking with enthusiasm, Kamiak highlighted the significance of this annual event, emphasizing its role in nurturing local rugby talent while also extending invitations to provincial unions, thereby fostering regional camaraderie on the field.
He credited the success of last year’s tournament to the unwavering support of the local Member of Parliament, John Rosso.
This year, the Morobe Rugby Union takes the helm in organizing the event, with teams from Port Moresby, Madang, and East New Britain provinces already confirming their participation.
A total of 16 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams are expected to compete for glory, with registrations still open as the deadline approaches.
Despite facing delays in securing sponsorship funding, preparations for the tournament are proceeding according to plan, Kamiak assured.
Echoing the sentiments of anticipation, he expressed confidence in delivering an event surpassing the successes of previous years.
The defending champions, PC Ravens hailing from Lae’s Papuan Compound, are gearing up to defend their title amidst stiff competition.
Notable contenders include the formidable City Lights team, boasting a lineup of current PNG Pukpuk players, ensuring a spectacle of skill and athleticism on the field.
With registration fees set at K1, 000 for men’s teams and K500 for women’s teams, coupled with a handsome cash prize pool of K30, 000, the stakes are high for participants vying for victory. As spaces are still available for both men’s and women’s teams, the competition is expected to intensify as the registration deadline looms.
In addition to the on-field action, Kamiak emphasized the importance of club involvement in shaping the future leadership of the association.
Ahead of the upcoming annual general meeting, clubs are urged to nominate candidates for key positions, including president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, ensuring effective governance and representation within the union.
During the AGM, Kamiak will also provide accountability for the association’s financial allocations, reaffirming the commitment to transparency and integrity in managing resources.
As anticipation builds and teams gear up for fierce competition, the Morobe Union Transhighway 7s tournament promises to captivate rugby enthusiasts and showcase the vibrant spirit of the sport in Morobe Province and beyond.