THIRTY-TWO teams have nominated to challenge for the National Capital District Governor’s Christmas Cup on December 19-25.
NCD Suburban Sports Association chairman Billy Aki said 24 teams have paid the K400 affiliation fee with the rest yet to meet the full requirements of participation.
Governor Powes Parkop has indicated his usual support but has yet to commit a figure which will be announced when it becomes available.
Teams: Havara Brothers, HG Knights, 9-Mile Giants, Erima Wanderers, GSK Eagles, Kaugere Pythons, Badili Warako, Junction Dogs, Country Cowboys, Mile Greens, 8 Mile Reds, Toks Mix Dogs, Boera Buria Reds, Lau Rangers, 5-Mile Konas, Dust Turf, Toks Eagles, Mul Sua United, 6-Mile Tigers, NCD Suburban Ducks and Asu Amitti, Freeway Bumpers.
He said defending champions Morata Swans, Bullets, NCD Eastern Highlands 1/2, Hohola 1/2, 9-Mile 1/2 and Boroko have until next Tuesday’s meeting at the Kone Tigers oval at 9.30am to fulfill the requirements.
The 32 teams will be divided into eight pools of four teams each.
The top 16 teams will qualify for the Cup while the bottom 16 for the bowl contest.
Aki said more teams had indicated interest but were rejected due to the unavailability of facilities at Kone Tigers and Hohola.
The Tuesday meeting is to update the teams on the by-laws and the rules of the tournament, Aki said. He said the Governors Cup will also be used to select the Morata, NCD Suburban, Hohola and 8-Mile teams to participate in the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup in the Southern region tournament in Port Moresby.
A 30-man training squad will also be selected for the NCD franchise in anticipation for the 2014 Digicel Cup if their bid is successful.
The competition is sponsored by the governor’s office to the tune of K50,000.
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