by Tere Alex – EM TV, Port Moresby
Keleone Rugby Football League has been operating on an ad hoc basis but this will be a thing of the past after thorough guidance and support from PNGRFL Southern Confederate Director Gwaibo Mairi and a close working partnership with PNGRFL.
It will now be known as a model league to other leagues affiliated under the Southern Confederation to the PNG Rugby Football League.
The league held its annual general meeting and appointed new executives. The Keleone RFL is ambitious in setting new heights to rugby league in rural settings by facilitating and upskilling players and officials to higher levels.
PNGRFL applauded the initiative put forward by the League, as it brings the development programs, starting with the School Boys Development program, to a representative level.
PNGRFL Development Manager Toksy Nema says the league remains a focal point to exposing talent, right down to where the talent can be identified.
The Keleone Rugby Football League is set to open new field, Wagula Park, on Wednesday, which will be the home of Keleone. The park was freely donated by rugby league fanatics, Evele and Agnes Kala.
Twelve clubs are set to kick off the season next year.