Sandis Tsaka

WR Carpenters backs PNGRFL

A memorandum of understanding was signed today at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the MoU will be followed by the signing of a sponsorship contract early next year.

“Their support has gone from a silver level support to gold sponsorship for PNGRFL across all its brands,” stated Tsaka.

PNGRFL, Coca-Cola sign deal

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, applauded the partnership, saying the signing was significant as it invests in the future of PNG boys and girls.

The memorandum of understanding that was signed with Coca-Cola in September was formalised today at the National Football Stadium.

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the National Schools Rugby League competition provides a pathway for both male and female students, between the ages of 14 and 18, opportunities to aspire to becoming a Kumul or an Orchid and represent PNG at the international stage.

PNGRFL not aware of NRL bid

He said this after reports were put out in the Australian media about Cairns and PNG considering launching an unprecedented joint bid for a NRL expansion licence.

“The PNGRFL is not aware of and has not discussed any joint NRL bid with any other city to the NRL.

“A NRL Bid is a massive venture that would require substantial investment in resources and infrastructure capacity in terms of elite and junior development pathways and football infrastructure, which PNG currently lacks and is still developing.

PNGRFL AGM this month

Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said the agenda will include the 2017 PNGRFL Annual Reports and Audited Financials.

He said a general meeting will be held after the AGM to discuss other rugby league matters.

Tsaka reminded eligible delegates that travel to and from the AGM plus accommodation costs will be met by the PNGRFL and subsistence and other costs are the responsibility of the delegates and their respective leagues.

Another former PNG Kumul passes on

Daroa, aged 67 from Hanuabada in the nation’s capital, died in Port Moresby on Sunday after a short illness.

“Lohia was PNG Kumul No. 3,” said chairman Sandis Tsaka.

“He wore the first PNG Kumuls No.3 jersey as a centre in PNG’s first ever Test Match against England in Port Moresby in July, 1975.”

Daroa played two Tests. He was a member of the flamboyant Hanuabada Hawks side in the 70s and Southern Zone.

Trust fund to fulfil Ottio’s dream

Before officially handing over the body to Ottio’s family at the funeral service held today, Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka, said the Kato Ottio Trust Fund was opened yesterday.

He said Ottio had always dreamt of building a house for his mother, Joyce, and the PNGRFL wanted to make this dream come true in honour of the late SP Hunters and PNG LNG Kumuls star.

Tsaka welcomed contributions from the general public who wish to assist by depositing money into the Trust Fund.

He said the account will be closed next Thursday, January 18, at 12pm.

Newspaper article concerns PNGRFL chairman

Chairman Sandis Tsaka said no official statement was released by the PNGRFL with regards to any SP PNG Hunters pre-season trial matches against any clubs whatsoever.

However, a newspaper reporter, who was aware of a private discussion by the PNGRFL and Hunters Coach Michael Marum on arrangements for trial matches, went on to publish unconfirmed and an unauthorised article on Wednesday, 22nd November.

The Chairman expressed concern that such unauthorised announcements have the potential to derail discussions between PNGRFL and outside clubs.

​NGCB PNG PM’s XIII named

The team was announced by chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League, Sandis Tsaka, in front of naming rights sponsor, National Gaming Control Board and other stakeholders.

The NGCB PNG Prime Minister’s XIII will take on the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII at the National Football Stadium on September 23.

“This is a very strong team that was put together by the selection panel chaired by PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum.

“It has the full blessing of all key stakeholders,” said Tsaka.

PNGRFL: Digicel Cup final fitting end to season

Rau extended his appreciation to every Papua New Guinean and in particular, the franchises that supported the eight teams this season.

“The PNG National Rugby League Competition which runs the Digicel Cup became part of the PNGRFL structure this season.

“We had strict guidelines and proper competition manuals to follow. The eight teams that participated followed these rules and guidelines which made the competition a big success.

​PNGRFL congratulates Hunters

“It is a historic moment for the PNGRFL, our partners and everyone in the country for the Hunters to be the first team in the ISC grand-final,” said PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka.

“On behalf of everyone in the country, I congratulate Michael Marum and the team for delivering this result.

“The time, effort and sacrifices you, your coaching staff and players put in has resulted in this historic result and we congratulate you all for this,” Tsaka said.