remaining Digicel Cup home games for the Goroka Lahanis.
The agreement was
reached after a reconciliation meeting between the franchise owner Simon Sia and
NSI director Edris Kumbruwah.
PNGNRL judiciary board had earlier banned
Lahanis from hosting matches at the NSI because of spectator violence after
Kumbruwah, pictured, raised concerns.
PNGNRL general manager, Hubert Warupi
said that the decision by the PNGNRL to place the suspension on the Lahanis was
due to the franchise owner Simon Sia who took it upon himself and made the
recommendation to the PNGNRL to consider stopping games at the NSI due to the
rowdy crowd behaviour in round five.
“The franchise owner said he felt that
the crowd’s behaviour unacceptable to sponsors and stakeholders,” Warupi
However, with the recent meet between Sia and Kumbruwah, Lahanis will
now host its remaining home games at the NSI oval starting with the Mt Hagen
Eagles in Sunday’s crossover match.
Lahanis are second last on the ladder
with nine points behind Eagles on 10. This should be an interesting test for the
Lahanis as they try to sneak into the top eight with just three more games
remaining after this weekend.
The other games this weekend will be a
double-header in Lae between competition leader, Lae Tigers and Port Moresby
Vipers while the Enga Mioks face the Mendi Muruks.
In Kokopo, the Hela
Wigmen face take on the Agmark Gurias while the Simbu Lions host the Gulf Isapea
at the Dickson Oval in Kundiawa this Sunday.
Standings: Tigers 23, Wigmen 18,
Gurias 16, Vipers 14, Muruks 14, Mioks 14, Lions 12, Eagles 10, Lahanis 9,