Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL)

22 Leagues call deferral hijacking of AGM

The Presidents claim the Board has hijacked the process to avoid the election of a new chairman and Director of the Southern Confederate.

The PNGRFL AGM scheduled for today was deferred to the 28th of March.

The main agenda of the AGM included was the election of the PNGRFL Chairman and Director of the Southern Confederate.

In a media conference, 22 Presidents from the Southern and Northern confederates aired their disappointment over the call to defer the AGM at the eleventh hour.

K10m contract for PNG Kumuls

Specialist advisor to PHA, Raj Juta, announced this at a media conference in Port Moresby.

“PHA is delighted to announce this landmark five year sponsorship with the PNGRFL as platinum sponsors of the PNG LNG Kumuls this year,” Juta said. “PHA will become naming rights sponsors of the PNG Kumuls starting next year 2020 when they will be known as PHA Kumuls until 2023.”

Juta also announced PHA’s partnership with PNGRFL for personal accident protection cover to all registered players and officials, including referees and employees.

PNGRFL sets AGM date

PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said among the agenda items will be the 2018 PNGRFL annual reports, audited financials and Constitutional amendments.

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 and accommodation costs will be met by the PNGRFL.

“Those affiliated leagues that complied with the PNGRFL requirements, registrations and completed their season with grand finals are eligible to attend,” Tsaka said.

Insurance firm backs PNG LNG Kumuls

PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said this was the first time an insurance company has come on board as a partner to the PNG LNG Kumuls.

“The signing of this MOU with PHA as major sponsors of the PNG LNG Kumuls is a milestone as we prepare our best team for the RLWC in 2021 in England,” Tsaka said.

He said an official contract which will contain the details of this major sponsorship to the PNG LNG Kumuls and a partnership with the PNGRFL will be signed next month.

PNGRFL to request police investigation on alleged assault

In a short statement issued today (November 4th), PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the PNGRFL will request the Police Minister and his department to carry out a thorough investigation into this incident.

“If what has happened to the player is true, we totally condemn this incident and deplore the unacceptable behaviour of the person/persons involved,” Rau said.

“PNGRFL will issue a statement as soon as the facts have been established.”

PNGRFL passes sympathies to former Kumul’s family

Yip passed away in Kavieng on Monday.

PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said Yip was PNG Kumul No. 62 and made his debut against France on August 23, 1981, in Port Moresby.

“John debuted in this game as a centre alongside the likes of Darius Haili, Andrew Limi, Philip Ralda and Bernard Waketsi,” Tsaka said.

The Chairman added John Yip is the 4th PNG Kumul centre to pass on this year.

“Earlier this year we lost great Kumul centres Kato Ottio (Kumul No, 269) and David Tinemau (Kumul No. 43) within a week of each other.