Mioks coach Timothy Lepa (pictured) said the early release of the calendar would greatly help in the team’s preparation for the competition this season.
“Most of the time this calendar clashes with our team’s preparation, especially with the Ipatas Cup competition, which is a major selection channel for our players,” Lepa said.
The Mioks franchise selects its team from the Ipatas Cup competition.
Lepa said Mioks patron and Enga Governor Peter Ipatas was urging the management of the Digicel Cup competition to release the competition calendar for its 2014 season.
“While other franchises have already got their players into training camps for the past five to six months, the Mioks probably get together as a team within a month of the Digicel Cup,” Lepa said.
“Since I have been the coach for the past six seasons the late release of the calendar has always affected our build up,” Lepa said.
“We are focused on the finals this year and an early release of the calendar will enable us to complete our competition along with the selection and training of players within the time-frame,” Lepa said.
He said the Ipatas Cup competition produced some of the best rural players in the country, including skipper Roger Laka, David Loko, Esau Siune and Tiger Emere, who are contracted to the Hunters team this year.
Lepa said the Mioks were hoping to put in a younger side this season, with the aim to develop new talent.
PNG National Rugby League general manager Hubert Warupi has said previously that there are no plans to expand the competition in 2014 despite interest shown from intending new franchises from Jiwaka (Waghi Tumbe) and Port Moresby (NCD Lagatois). The competition is slated to start in April.