The pride of the Amazing Port Moresby and flag carrier of the nation’s capital the Moni Plus Port Moresby Vipers, launched their 2023 campaign at their new home ground at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium yesterday.
Patron Governor Powes Parkop and City Manager Ravu Frank, major sponsor Heduru Moni Plus represented by Managing Director Mr Aho Baliki, and other sponsors were in attendance to launch Viper’s 2023 season.
Chairman of the Vipers, Dr Newton Albert, thanked all sponsors in attendance, 15 in total, a record number of sponsors for any Digicel Cup team.
The message was loud and clear from all the sponsors. Break the 10-year premiership drought!
NCDC committed K1.5 million to the Vipers for the year 2023, and Governor Parkop challenged the team to not only win the competition but stay true to the values that have made the Vipers a benchmark team in the PNGRFL.
“Play strong, play hard but play fair and always conduct yourselves as ambassadors of the game and nation.”
“We carry the pride of our country because we represent the capital city.”
Governor Parkop continues to support the Vipers in his 16th year because he believes it is a tool for development.
“Rugby League is more than a game. It is also business, entertainment, recreation and a powerful tool for development. The game is also the pulse and passion of our people.”
Governor Parkop also handed an official request on behalf of the Vipers Management to PNGRFL CEO Stanley Hondina to support their bid to join NSWRL in what he described as another journey for the Vipers.
“We have to push the boundaries and market our players. Set new horizons.”
City Manager Ravu Frank also thanked the sponsors who have come on board to support the Vipers in their 2023 rugby league season.
“NCDC has been and will remain committed to supporting our city team, and this year is our year to lift the Digicel Cup trophy.”
“Sir Hubert Murray Stadium is the home of Port Moresby Vipers, which has been built to a high standard with world-class facilities, so there is no reason or room for excuses that we will be victorious in this season.” Said Mr Frank.