Goroka in a frenzy

Goroka town was in a frenzy as former Australian Rugby League representative, Sam Thaiday, made his presence known.

The retired Brisbane Broncos veteran arrived in the country on Tuesday for the inaugural Super 8’s competition, which will see youths from Eastern Highlands’ rural districts get the opportunity to showcase their footy skills.

He is attending the Eastern Highlands Super 8 Rugby League Tournament, which was launched on Wednesday, by the Australian and Queensland forward, alongside Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai.

The tournament is an initiative of Kainantu MP and Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke.

Obura-Wonenara MP, and Chairman of the tournament, Mehrra Kipefa, said the tournament was also aimed at uniting all district development authorities in the development of youths and sports programs.

The Super 8’s competition is a program between the eight districts of Eastern Highlands with three invitation teams from Chuave, Markham and Usino-Bundi. It will involve a 13-a-side competition for men and 9s for females.

The tournament starts on Friday at the National Sports Institute and will run for a week, with finals to be played on January 24.   

Sally Pokiton