EMK Sepik Pride Aims for Success and Sustainability in Digicel-Exxon Mobil Cup Competition 2023

EMK Sepik Pride, a new Rugby League club, has entered the PNG Rugby League domestic competition, the Digicel-Exxon Mobil Cup, with the aim to be competitive and sustainable at the pinnacle of the country’s National Rugby League competition. The club believes that local leagues and junior rugby league pathways are key to their success and the real essence of their journey.

At the EMK Sepik Pride season launch on Friday, April 14, Head of Events and Project Manager, Jason Hendikiang, presented an overview of the club’s plans and how they will be rolled out throughout the city. Hendikiang, stated that the acquisition of four key players, Wartovo Puara Junior, Watson Boas, and Joe Frank, was part of their vision and journey to drive the club’s development pathway in the civic.

“We didn’t just bring our team into the Digicel Cup just to win the game, no. We want to develop rugby league back at home, that’s why these four key players are very important to us,” said Hendikiang. Despite criticisms from the media and other sources, Hendikiang emphasized that the club knows their goal, vision, and journey, and are committed to achieving them.

The Provincial Administrator, Stephen Tarovi, spoke proudly about the new journey of EMK Sepik Pride and acknowledged everyone who worked diligently behind the scenes to make it happen.

“The Sepik Pride is a national team. When you look at Sepik Pride, you look at Papua New Guinea, and we are Papua today, tomorrow, or on Sunday when the team runs onto the field,” said Tarovi.

The EMK Sepik Pride aims to play a significant role in developing the rugby league in Papua New Guinea and reclaiming its status as the number one sport in the country. With a strong focus on local leagues, junior rugby league pathways, and a vision for sustainability, the club’s journey has just begun.

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