The newly established Hela Province now has a Team, the Hela Wigman in the 2013 Digicel Cup.
Hela Provincial Representative and followers of Rugby league in Hela Province met with their Governor and Patron of the Team Anderson Agiru for the announcement of the Hela Wigman into this year’s Digicel Cup competition.
Chairman for the PNG National Rugby league committee Sudir Guru had doubts about the team’s return but was impressed with their time and effort into winning the bid.
A businessman from Southern Highlands, Firman Joseph of the Kemele Constructions had come on board to support the Hela Wigman.
The forty men team is now in Mendi and will go into its trials over the weekend for the top twenty five men squad to participate in the forthcoming Digicel Cup competition.
HELA Wigmen registered an upsetting win over home ground rivals PRK Mendi Muruks 30-24 at the Joe Keviame Oval yesterday.
Muruks and Wigmen share the same venue.
Just minutes after the kick off by the Muruks, Wigmen prop Jerry Tapara made a deep run into the Muruks territory gaining 20 meters.
Five-eight Kewa Kili jolted through the Muruks defence to set up a try which was not converted by half-back Chirs Lai.
The Muruks struck back in the 16th minute when dummy-half Joshua Molsie ran amok the Hela territory which resulted in a try. Muruks missed the conversion kick and score stood 4-4.
The Wigmen retaliated and executed a well planned ball work that reulted in a successful converted try by half-back Chris Lai which brought the score to 10-4.
A fair game was played in the first half, where both took turns in scoring points leading to the halftime where the score stood at 14-14.
Former Muruks power house Joseph Omae scored a point after six minutes into the second half making the Wigmen to lead the race to 20-14.
The Kemele Wigmen proved to Southern Highlanders that Mendi was their home ground and fought fiercely to score two more tries. The National