The newly-formed Jiwaka province believes in sports as a means for development.
Jiwaka Governor, William Tongamp, adopted the idea as he pumped money into the clubs competing in the Governor’s Cup Rugby League Competition.
Jiwaka Province has tapped into rugby league as a vehicle to bring change and develop healthy living.
Locals took rugby league to heart, making sure the game moves every inch from generation to generation.
It was a game that brings all tribesmen together, putting aside setbacks as they rub shoulders on the field.
A rugby league fanatic, Governor Tongamp has been true to his words by supporting the 10 existing leagues in the province with K50, 000 each.
The Jiwaka leagues have made connections with the Australia National Rugby League team, the Gold Coast Titans, to support young men to fulfill their dreams and visions.
Dr. Tongamp announced K100, 000 for the Governor’s cup competition, which was launched on the 18th of January, 2014 at the Minj Rugby Field.
Dr. Tongamp urged all leagues to use the funds to construct their fields, grandstands, and run competitions for the benefit of the communities.
He said the leagues’ competitions will help reduce the rate of drug, alcohol abuse and other social problems that affect the communities.
In the meantime, the Southern Leg of the Ipatas Cup competition will kick off tomorrow at Sir William Stake and Kone Tigers Ovals in Port Moresby.
KPM Butterflies will lock horns with Parisco Brothers in the opener, while Six Mile Storms will be ready to blow Hela Kaugere Pythons away at the Kone Tigers Oval.
All matches are expected to be ‘real pressure cookers’ for a gold pass.
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