The concept, headed by Mendi Muruks board chairman, Pastor Isaac Joseph, is built alongsimilar lines to the Australian New South Wales “Country versus City” to pick the Blues state of origin team.
After four days of selection trials, CIVPAC Cup coordinator Peter Alkend said six teams from the 14 which participated will be involved in the trial. The teams are Magarima, Gobe Flames, Kutubu, Mendi 1, Mendi 2 and Erave who will start the preliminary games on Sunday to test out this concept.
Mendi one and Erave will be on bye while the rest will play off this Friday.
The losers will bow out with the winners to advance to play Mendi one and Erave. The winners from this match will then qualify for the grandfinal and the other two will play off for the third and fourth places.
On Monday, the Mendi Blacks and Mendi Whites teams will be announced to go into a one-week camp in preparation for the final selections into the 25-man Mendi Muruks team for 2014 Digicel Cup.
Pastor Joseph heaped praises on CIVPAC for being “socially obligated” through its various sponsorships of teams like the Mendi Menjals, the Southern Highlands provincial basketball team, the National Soccer League team, Petro Souths and in the past the Port Moresby Vipers.
He thanked CIVPAC for its K100,00 sponsorship for the trials.
“ It is truly a Southern Highlands company.
“I also want to thank, Minister for Works and Member for Imbonggu, Honorable Francis Awesa for funding the players and officials clinics with an amount of K50,000.”
The player of the tournament, sponsored by Kemele Construction, will receive the Mathias Kombra Award plus a K1,000 cash prize.
Kombra was the first Mendi Muruks player to play for the PNG Kumuls. The National