THE STAGE IS SET FOR INDUSTRY-OF-ORIGIN GAME # ONE
Corporate Touch Port Moresby (CTPM) has confirmed the dates & venues for its upcoming Industry-of-Origin challenge. The first clash is set for Monday night (16.04.07) at PRL. And the stage is about set for a feast of fiery touch footy encounters in six (6) divisions, Juniors U/19 Men and Women, Open Men and Women, Senior Mix, and Masters 35 years and over. The management had to defer their Round 6 games to allocate a whole week to the both camps, the blue-collar industry clubs and the white-collar industry clubs to prepare for game # 1. The PRL grounds is set to come alive from 6.00pm with NAUFM's `Black Thunder' crew with their disc jockey (DJ) music system and other pre-games entertainments. These will include an appearance and live traditional dance performance by one of PNG's music sensation, Willie Tropu formerly of Old Dogs & Offbeats band of Madang, a curtain raiser clash between two u/14 school boys sides, and that return match between CTPM's management's `Dream Team' and `Team Media' - the best in touch footy representing all the Media organisations based in Port Moresby. `Team Media' captain, and EMTV sports reporter Dorothy Bengo has been rumoured to be working tirelessly around the clock to marshal her troops in preparation to ward off the challenge from the `Dream Team' and defend the cup they wrestled away last year. `Dream Team' captain & association president Joe Yore thinks his troops are more prepared now than last year when they were surprised in an ambush by an unknown and unsuspecting opponent.
Meanwhile both warring camps in the origin challenge, thirteen (13) clubs in each have been hard at work holding selection trials and intensive training camps since the Easter weekend. The Mighty Blues, made up of thirteen (13) clubs whose owning companies' core business being the traditional workshop-blue-collar, overall and outdoor activities were hard at work last Monday selecting their best players. They are confident they can defend their champions tag from last year. Their 13 clubs are: Niuford Waterboard, Airlines PNG, Amanab 56 Investments Ltd, Bishop Brothers Engineering, Prosec Security, PRL, Eltech Engineering, Leahys Water Deliveries, Civil Aviation Authority, InterOil Ltd, Plumbers & Builders Supplies, and Citi Nationals Ltd. Meanwhile, over the borderline the Great White side is made up also of 13 clubs whose owning companies' core business are from the traditional white-collar office industry. They are represented by Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd (MVIL), Bank South Pacific, POSF Ltd, NASFUND/AON, SP Brewery, Rageau Manua Kikira Lawyers, ANZ Bank, Westpac Bank PNG, Pricewaterhousecoopers, National Aids Council, Nationwide Catering Services, Comrade Trustees Services Ltd, and NAUFM.
Sources close to the both camps have revealed that the `best-of-three' series are sure to be fierce, judging by the preparations and the commitment shown by their respective managements and players. Players from both sides will also be playing to secure places in the CTPM representative sides for the upcoming 2007 National Championships in Port Moresby later in September. The respective coaches and mangers from both camps will also be trying their best to secure these positions. Game # 2 will be held on Monday night (23/04/07) also at PRL. The third and final game is set for Sunday, 06th May at Sir John Guise Stadium during the day.
Preview compiled & supplied by Meke Maino (CTPM Publicity Manager)