The TNA Holdings Simbu Lions must lift their performance to save face after an embarrassing start to the Digicel Cup competition this year.
The Lions have acquired a huge 114 points scored against them in just three games while only registering 28 points so far, a performance that has never been seen before in Simbu’s rugby league history.
The TNA sponsored team must step up to show cause of their participation in the Digicel Cup this year after its late inclusion.
Petroleum Resource Kutubu Mendi Muruks is on the same side with 106 points scored against them while registering only 22 points after three games this year.
Lions face Prima Small Goods Gulf Isapeas in Port Moresby while the Muruks host another home game this weekend against the Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers who will prove to be a challenge to the players and head coach Julian O’Neill.
Something interesting is the Isapeas coaching staff led by head coach Nigel Hukula’s resisting to comment on the player’s preparations as well as the games played on the weekend.
Whether it be a secret plan that they do not want to reveal it can’t be certain. But Hukula is a good coach and so the players will and fans alike will have to trust his judgement. Even if it means they are kept in the dark.
Meanwhile it is believed Muruks will announce its final 25 men.
This weekend’s game will be a crowd pleasing bone breaker and should appeal to fans and critics alike.
There will be no bars held when the Lions’ take on the Muruks this weekend for sure.
Runners up of the 2012 Digicel Cup competition Mendi Muruks will not participate in the semiprofessional rugby league challenge this season.
The Muruks and the Simbu Warriors failed to register their expression of interest as the competition for 2013 kicks off next month.
Eight teams have registered their participation for the 2013 Digicel Cup challenge. And making a comeback is Hela Wigmen who will be playing their home matches in Mendi at the Tem Tei Oval.
For supporters of long time franchise SBSL Mendi Muruks, this season may come as a disappointment as the team has not registered its participation for 2013. Key players Charlie Wabo and Jackson Undi will be knocking on doors to keep their ball game going.
There will be seven venues that will be used this season and with a considerable increase with more spectators and family oriented venues, Interim Chairman of PNGNRL says the support from Digicel is invaluable.
The PNGNRL is committed to Digicel as a major partner in the development of the game and to deliver an experience that exceeds expectations.
Digicel PNG today announced its continuous support for PNG’s premiere rugby league competition for the next three years with up nine hundred thousand Kina each year.
I WRITE to express my heartfelt disgrace as a Simbu being attached to the field of PNG Rugby league. I was following the Lions since the team started after couple of years being left out in the competition.
From my observation after watching several games and reading scores from media, Lions discredit Simbus’ name in the field.
Generally, Simbu Lions are the least performing team in the Digical Cup competition since last year when TNA stepped in to rescue the Simbus to send a team replacing the fearless Warriors.
Previously I was a die heart follower of former Simbu Warriors but after following the Lions for some Sundays I tend to lose interest which is not my intention, I believe some of you Simbus are the same boat.
Traditionally, Rugby League was the first game introduced into Simbu apart from other games, and if you are from Simbu you would recall a common phrase from our seniors in the field, "First Rugby Ball ol whiteman kikim long Hyde Park ground (Australia) kam pundau lo Dickson Oval" First rugby ball kicked from first field in Australia (Hyde Park ground) landed at Dickson Oval.
Former players build their belief on this phrase and become most of them become famous in the game. Now that rugby leagueL is becoming more technical Lions needs to improve both physically and mentally to become a competitive team in the Digical cup competition and maintain its repartition as former Simbu Warriors.
When looking at all the teams in the competition you would see a Simbu or two that puts their respective team more competitive. And for the home team, where are we now?
I would recommend the technical teams to pull their socks up in ensuring the teams perform to current standard in the National Rugby league.
I believe we got the necessary resources available but it reflects how we manage. And also the individual player to play with their heart for Simbu and not for themselves.
Please don’t let Simbu flag down.