This is due to the major renovation being done to the iconic Lloyd Robson Oval to prepare it for the 2015 Pacific Games. The famous ‘PRL’ is currently being pulled down by a local contractor.
POMRFL acting board chairman Samson Unage this week confirmed that the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) had given their verbal assurance for the use of Murray Barracks and are working on a formal letter to officially confirm the arrangement.
“We have been in close talks with the PNGDF since last November and are about to seal the arrangement to ensure there is no issue with the start of our usual pre-season next month,” Unage said.
Unage said the POMRFL board is on top of things and does not envisage a hitch to get the season underway, despite the glaring issue of finding an alternate venue that would be suitable.
In regards to the venue being used as the home ground to the Vipers franchise and for use during the Digicel Cup, Unage said that issue needs to be addressed quickly with the PNGNRL chairman and general manager meeting with their POMRFL board.
“Confirming where the POMRFL will play their competition this year was one issue, but preparing for the Digicel Cup is another issue which we need to all sit down and plan for.”
Unage said that the PRL board of trustees also agreed to build a temporary stand and office for the POMRFL administration at the venue.
It is understood that there were indications to inquire for use of the venues at the Sir William Skate Oval at Kaugere and Kone Tigers Oval at Waigani as well.
Kone Tigers Oval caretaker Billy Aki said the venue is there to be developed.
“Port Moresby Rugby League just needs to come and talk to us,” Aki said.
Aki said the Kone Tigers club management are non-existent.