PNG league legend Paul Aiton to discuss PNG Queensland Cup bid for 2013 in live Facebook chat
20th June 2012 (PNC Media) – One of Papua New Guinea’s most famous sporting sons and the man who led the national team in the 2010 Four Nations Rugby League tournament, Paul Aiton has thrown his full support behind a move intended to see a Papua New Guinea team compete in the prestigious Queensland Cup in 2013.
Kumul's captain Paul will be available for a live chat on the People's National Congress (PNC) Party facebook page (www.facebook.com/pncpng ) this Friday at 6.00 pm PNG time to chat about the bid and its benefits to the development of the game in his home country.
Born and bred in Mount Hagen and now based in northern England where he plays for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Paul has roundly applauded the efforts by both the Papua New Guinea government and the Port Moresby-based PNG NRL Bid for their combined efforts in attempting to open the door for a Papua New Guinea team to play in the Queensland Cup competition.
The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has pledged K1.5 million funding in support of the activity instigated by PNG Queensland Cup Bid CEO, Brad Tassel.
Mr Tassell himself has been tireless in his efforts to convince the QRL of the benefits a Papua New Guinea team entering the competition would bring.
If successful, the result will see a Papua New Guinea squad take part in the Queensland Cup for the first time since the Port Moresby Vipers competed in 1997.
The Queensland Cup is regarded as the second best competition in Australia, sitting just under the NRL with most clubs acting as feeder clubs to the national competition.
In any given week there are several NRL players who play in the competition if not selected in first-grade teams.
Paul said the ramifications for the country and rugby league in Papua New Guineawent well beyond a team simply appearing in the Queensland Cup.
“Obviously this would be huge for the local game;” but more to the point it is the impact it would have for both the youth of Papua New Guinea and the country’s national junior rugby league schools development program." he said.
He said he’s the value would be immeasurable and he’s happy to help in any way I can to promote the game and its development at home.”
The Queensland Rugby league announcement is expected at any moment.