Old foes Freelancers cross cues with Poi-Nangu as Media Pool opens

first_imgTo kick start the day and the season, old foes Freelancers and Poi-Nangu will kick off on Table 1. On Table 2 Papuan Blacks and Dataco Pebbles should have an even tussle at 12pm. On Table 3 the match between defending premiers Cool Grafix and Auditor General should be the match of the round.The MPC will see each team play two and a half games every weekend. This  means 12 teams play 3 matches a weekend while the other 12 play only two matches with the reverse the following Saturday.     While there has been a lot of horse trading in the off-season, many of the big name teams are set to once again feature prominently in season 2016.Last season’s minor premiers North East Mirror and premiers Cool Grafix having maintained the core of their team from 2015 will again look to dominate from the start. But word is that Heli-Solutions sponsored Spin Doctors have revived their premiership winning side from 2014 and are set to rock the boat this season to reclaim the crown.That is however without saying that many of the teams in the competition have grown from strength to strength and have improved their game to the stage where there are no easy beats anymore.“Our competition has grown over the past 12 years to a stage where the level of competition has improved so much so that no one team can clearly dominate,” said tournament director Ephraim Kara.Kara said teams such as Poi-Nangu, Keleone, Next of Kin, City Hall, Pebbles, Patrons, Lamana, Telinet, Auditor General and Education Media are always a threat of making the finals come November.He said other new teams admitted to this year’s competition also come as surprise packages so there should be a lot of fun and excitement going into the first few rounds of competition.Chairman Tony Sipa said a team captains meeting on Tuesday endorsed the inclusion of several new teams including Niugini Guinea Islands Insurance Limited Famagusta, National Teachers Insurance Limited, CRE and Peoples Notice Board.Sipa said in order to maintain the image and profile of the competition, dress standards and professionalism will be maintained at all times during the competitions.“The team captains have been reminded in no uncertain terms that they are responsible for each of their teams, standards have to be maintained and we will not entertain anything less,” he said.last_img

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