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September 17, 2021
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Nation’s school boy rugby league youths gets a lifetime opportunity tour

A lifetime opportunity was given to forty-three of the Nation’s schoolboy rugby league youth to take part in a tour to Australia to play games against Australian junior Rugby League teams.

This was made possible last week Thursday (21/06/12) by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and the NGCB’s Community Benefit Fund Board.

The Prime Minister has presented a cheque for K200, 000 to PNG NRL BID CEO – Brad Tassell to fund the tour.

Also traveling are selected PNG coaches and officials to assist in their development.

The squads depart on Monday June 25th (today) & Tuesday June 26th and it is all thanks to the PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the generosity and foresight of the NGCB’s Community Benefit Fund Board.

O’Neill said the PNG NRL BID has done a fantastic job in developing our rugby league youth and that he is committed to supporting the schoolboys program.

He said it is not only about developing good players but also future leaders of our country and linking that with the importance of education shows the impact rugby league can have on our nation and its youth.  

“Education is vital to our nation and using rugby league through the Bids National School boys program we can bring about social change in PNG through our youth, said O’Neill.  

He said the opportunity to compete overseas is a great pathway for these young rugby league players, adding that his is exactly the type of program we as a nation should be supporting.

BID CEO Brad Tassell thanked the PNG Prime Minister and the NGCB Community Benefit Fund.

Mr Tassell also commented on the change in attitude of the development squad members.

The Brisbane Broncos players and coaches will play a big part in the tour with visits to the week-long camp in Brisbane to provide coaching tips to the tour coaches and assist in the training of the development squads.

 

TEAM LINE-UPS

U16 SQUAD

Lucas GEDISA

Tony Gui WEMIN

Jeff Malai GIEGERE

Wemin Mockley BANI

Elijah TAU

Newman WAIKILIN

Mathias Tasi KAWAGE

Napolean ILOFA

Jehuda SIPA

Joseph NEGIO

Lavax KETAUWO

Simon Kresil PENAKI

Michael KAVIE

Clifford Paul WANOKO

Wesley Yala HONDO

Robert MANASSEH

Ereman Elias KEN

Bill PAUL

Kenneth Adrian Drilieu SANDERY

Sibona Seri HEGAME

 

Coach:                         Dennis MIALL

Team Manager:            Arnold KREWANTY

Tour Manager:              Shane MORRIS

 …………………………………………………

U18 SQUAD

Heagi IKOSI

Konie BERNARD

John LUANA

Jamieson JOHN

Jeremy PALIBUTU

Eliakim LUKARA

Patrick INAPERO

Ferah HOMATE

Nogo ORE

Ben WEMIN

Paul Andalu DICKSON

Steven DORIGA

Pales ANDAIN

Gahuna SILAS

Maxwell DORIGA

Mafus Kito KALAS

Eddie MOTORO

Alsana KAULO

Dale Henao Noel Allan MATAPERE

Emmanuel Livingstone TAMANABAE

Samuel KUIT

Kapomanda TAYLOR

Noel JOEL

 

Coach:                         Peter DANGA

Team Manager:            Ben KAUPA

Tour Manager:              Jason TASSELL

…………………………………………………

TOUR MATCHES:

Wednesday 27th June     vs. Wynumm Manly (Division 3) – U16 & U18

Friday 29th June             vs. PNG Brisbane Based Rep Team – U16 & U18

Sunday 1st July              vs. Redcliffe (Premier League division) – U16 & U18

 

For further information please contact PNG NRL BID CEO Brad Tassell.

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