RUGBY LEAGUE By Frankiy Kapin [email protected] The Rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lae Rugby League grounds have started costing in excess of K150,000 ahead of the proposed PNG Hunters versus North Devils one off match in July. Work is also ahead of the PNG side versus Great Britain match in October in Lae. Since Lae Rugby League came under the administrative overseeing of Adrian Chow in December 2017, who is also the chairman of the PNG National Rugby League Competition hosting the semi-pro Digicel Cup, paramount is the revival of venue and competition. Chow said yesterday that the Lae Rugby League has started work and is confident of hosting two upcoming national events with work already underway initially targeting two main areas, the exterior fencing and the playing surface. “One of my main tasks is to revive Lae rugby league venue and the competition. So far, we have started with the exterior fencing costing quite a lot of money,” Chow said. “We have spent in access of K150,000 already including support from companies like Lae Biscuit Company and Prima Small Goods. Digicel and SP Brewery will also assist with further improvements. “All that will continue to show the improvements in Lae Rugby League since the commencement of my administration.” Chow said since his appointment they have looked at their revenue source mainly the billboards advertising at the precinct. “For that we rely heavily on companies that put up their billboards. We thank companies coming on board and renewing their sponsorship. With that revenue we are able to invest and spend on the exterior fencing and now working on the playing surface,” he said. “We are very happy of the confidence of the Hunters coach Michael Marum and the Queensland Rugby League proposing the country round of the Intrust Cup round 19 to Lae.” Chow is confident to produce a very good playing surface in the next few weeks. He also anticipates building on the proposed Hunters game if needed further improvements for the end of October international match in Lae. “Once its confirmed, we want to host the game (Hunters versus Devils) in Lae as well as coinciding with the match of the season between defending champions Lae Snax Tigers and current top of the ladder leaders, Enga Mioks. “To the pubic coming to the Lae Ruby league, we want you to respect the game, the officials and all the players on both sides, not just your team so all players and officials are confident when they step on that field, they will not be harassed or intimidated by spectators who are doing the wrong thing. “We don’t want these spectators to spoil it for all the other spectators and public that come to enjoy the game,” Chow said.