Port Moresby, 21stMarch 2017 – Hela Wigmen Rugby Franchise Team was the lucky recipient of a K1.2 million Naming Rights Sponsorship package from Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) subsidiary Kroton Limited today.
The Hela based Semi-professional team participating in the Digicel Cup Competition in 2017 will be called Kroton Limited Hela Wigman Rugby League Team.
The one-year sponsorship will enable the Kroton Hela Wigman Rugby to participate in this season’s (2017) Digicel Cup through payment of affiliation fees and administration costs of the club.
Representing Kroton Limited, KPHL Managing Director Wapu Sonk and Hela Wigman Franchise Chairman Andy Hetra signed the Sponsorship agreement in Port Moresby witnessed by Hela Governor Francis Potape and Tari-Pori MP, Minister for Finance, James Marape and Ipswich Jets CEO, Jason Cubit.
During the signing ceremony, a jubilant Hetra said it is a great pleasure having Kroton on board as a Naming Rights Sponsor of Hela Wigaman. “my board and management of Hela Wigaman Franchise are delighted to have Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Kroton on-board with Hela Wigaman. Kroton is synonym with Hela in as far as PNG LNG Project benefits are concerned. Coming on board to Sponsor Hela’s elite rugby team is truly appreciated,” the Chairman stated.
Mr Hetra added that some of the sponsorship funding will go towards the development of rugby league infrastructure in Hela Province as well as an Ambassadorial Program and development of players.
“The Ambassadorial Program will include attachment of four (4) Hela Wigmen players with Intrust Super Cup team and Brisbane Broncos feeder team, Ipswich Jets, in Queensland.
‘Ipswich Jets had offered a unique opportunity for the players from Hela Wigmen to join their club for the 2017/2018 season under their program called “Project Marcus Bai.”
“Through this project, players will gain valuable knowledge and experience of the competitions played in Queensland as well as transition them into top league players.” Mr Hetra said.
Meanwhile, Mr Sonk said the Sponsorship gesture to Hela Wigman is one part of KPHL’s platform to create opportunities for Papua New Guineans to excel in any aspects of development. “And supporting Hela Wigman in rugby fits into one of KPHL visions to create opportunity for Hela youths to excel in sports.
“Most importantly, KPHL as a National Oil and Gas Company feels very much obligated to return something back to the People of Hela for collective benefits, hence agreed to Sponsor Hela’s elite rugby team.”
While commenting on the development programme Mr Sonk added; a” development program for players such as this makes the partnership between KPHL and Hela Wigmen all the more attractive and hopefully this is a start of making our Digicel Cup more professional.”