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First ever KBSA CUP tournament underway

Photo Credit: Ankol Media(George Loihim)

On Saturday May 13, the Kimbe Bay Shipping Agency (KBSA) Cup Rugby Touch Tournament kicked off, marking the first KBSA Rugby Touch tournament for West New Britain Province. The tournament brought together teams from Talasea and Kimbe Urban LLGs for an intense touch footy battle. This was all for the chance to win K1000 and the cup. In addition, K700 for first prize in Open Mix and K600 for first prize in Junior Men's.

The tournament has gained momentum as it enters round three (3) yesterday and is sure to be full of exciting games and thrilling moments. The champions will be crowned at the end of the tournament.

The KBSA CUP 2023 was launched this year. Though KBSA has sponsored other sporting codes, this year will be its first sponsorship of Rugby Touch of the province.

"This code (Rugby Touch) will be the first time it will be implemented. However, KBSA sponsors and supports other sporting codes in the province for a long time,” stated Tournament Coordinator and Hardware and Home Centre Floor Manager Kinjin Simi.

This will be an ongoing tournament. Although it’s just starting and it’s not easy to run such a contest, according to Tournament Coordinator Simi, they need to deliver this competition first and see how it progresses from there.

“We are very thankful this year, for Mr. Ian O’Hanlon, Managing Director of Kimbe Bay Shipping Agencies Limited (KBSA Ltd) for his support to run this event," added Simi.

Simi stated that this tournament was inspired by the rising law-and-order-issue in the province and the preparation for the upcoming PNG Games in September.

'We were inspired to run this Touch Competition by two main goals,' Kinjin Simi said.

“We want to involve our youth in sports and at the same time, spread awareness of law-and-order issues and social disorders in our communities. We believe that through sports we can minimize law and order problems in our province” stated Simi.

“WNB will participate in the PNG Games in September this year in Port Moresby. Therefore, we are running this competition to keep our players fit and select the probable and possible representative for our Team WNB. We are not strangers to this code. WNB Touch has consistently produced a lot of Touch players representing Team PNG playing in the South Pacific Games and others,” said Simi.

“We have 16 clubs participating in this competition with three divisions; Open Mens, Open Mix and Junior Mens,”

All participating clubs are from Talasea LLG and Kimber Urban LLG. We have clubs from Hela, Kulungi, Laleki, Gigo, Section 10, Section 15, Section 42, Section 27, Section 21, Kimbe General Hospital (Hausik) Compound, Ruango and Aling. We have two pools. Pool A and B. Our finals are expected to be in July," he said.

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