By JOE GURINA
THE Port Moresby Rugby Football League (PMRFL) will hold their 68th grand final next Saturday at the National Football Stadium (NFS).
Preparations are well under way for the day with the theme PRL –One Family –Unite the Past and the Present.
It is the longest serving premier league competition that had produced some finest players in the history of the sport in the country. The enrichment of the league has played a significant role in the growth of rugby league throughout.
Junior Vice President of PRL and in charge of the grand final preparations, Manu Lofena said the theme to be used on the grand final day will make a blow in showcasing the importance of PMRL and its rich contribution towards the sport in the country.
“It used to be one of the significant leagues in the country,” Lofena said. “It (PMRFL) had produced best players in those years.
“However, the league got pushed to the back. Everyone has forgotten PMRL and we are now trying to bring it back to prominence in real rugby league terms.”
Prize monies have been set aside with the winners of the senior with K20,000 and runners-up with K10,000. Under 20 winners – K10,000, runners-up – K5000. And in the women’s challenge, lucky ladies walk away with K10,000 and the runners-up purse is K5000.
Three days leading into the grand final Thursday would see a roadshow to all communities each grand final teams hail from. The road show will be used as an awareness to attract the attention of the public to attend the grand final to support their team but most importantly be part of the 68th PRL grand final.
Entertainment will be provided reminiscing the old PRL days including pursuits from the golden oldies, live band and the Correctional Service Pipes and Drums band.
Traditional or cultural exposure through dances from each grand finalist will be the order of the day to promote the culture in the PMRFL which the leagues takes heritage of.
The day will also be graced with 15 children from the Cheshire Homes to watch the game. There will be promotion of social issue advocators like Cancer Heart Foundation and others like Violence against Women to promote their responsibilities during the day.
Grand final tickets are set and ready to be rolled out starting tomorrow (Monday).
Lalokau FM will help promote the sales of tickets through its commercial advertisements during the week leading up to the grand final day.
Gate fees will be K10 for adults, K5 for children and K10 for car park allocations. Stalls will be available for K500.