Central Premier Rugby League chairman Jack Kedea said the competition’s goal is to help identify and develop the province’s next crop of stars.
Kedea said the Kila Haoda Cup was in its maiden season but had already seen teams from all over the province exposing their best talent, while ensuring that rural leagues were used as the feeder competitions for the Premier League.
Kedea, who is manager of the Port Moresby Vipers, said yesterday his board was impressed with the talent on display on a weekly basis.
He said the great thing about the Central League was that it now provided players from the rural communities a great platform to get the attention of Port Moresby Rugby League and Digicel Cup scouts.
Kedea said the support by Central Governor Kila Haoda was crucial in getting the competition up and running, with plans to start a Digicel Cup franchise — the Central Chiefs — in the pipeline. He said a 30-man squad team would be named at the end of the competition to make up the franchise for the 2015 season.
Kedea said apart from giving players the opportunity to play at a high level, the prize money (K42,000) was an incentive that would encourage teams to lift their standards.
The competition will have its semi-finals this weekend at Iarowari High School.
The grand final is scheduled for December 10 at the new Wagula Park Oval in Sogeri.
Fixtures: Marshall Lagoon v Mekeo Hawks, Hiri West v Aroma Coast, Goilala Karukas v Koiari Nagavas.
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