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Wapenamanda rugby league get boost

Wapenamanda rugby league association received a major boost from a government department to continue reviving the community sports and competitions in the province.

A total of K100,000 dished out by the National Fisheries Authority right in front of league’s committees in secretary Julie Reto and league ambassador Simon Tonge while PNG Hunters coach Stanley Tepend witnessed the sponsorship.

NFA managing director Justin Ilakini is adamant that the support will go a long way, and remain focus to extend his hand over in the future to support the rural competitions.

The league has been inactive until the affiliations were done with PNG Rugby Football League to mark its comeback this year.


Ilakini said NFA was proud to support the local competition in its inaugural season and supporting them in the years to come relies on the year-to-year assessments.

“The league has been inactive for the last 35 years and as the league’s executive hopes that it might go on for the next 35 year,” Ilakini said.

“I wish that we can support them in the future but I won’t make a commitment today but we want to support them this year alone.

“The NFA and boards are privilege to support the league this year.”

Reto added that community leaders and former rugby league players of the electorate are


also working to restore the long-gone glories.

“This sponsorship will not only benefit the players and league but it also having positive outcome in the community and district.

“This support can contribute to wider positive impacts and outcome to the district, despite the negative reports of the province.

“The league is set to complete its first season and this year will be the first,” she said.

Reto added that the league has three normal rounds to be completed before the finals.

Tepend also lauded the support and urged the committees to use the funds wisely to build the local talents.