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Referee And Coaching Training Programs Roll Out

Three women are among 36 participants in the New Ireland Referees and Coaching clinics in Kavieng, conducted under PNG Rugby Football League’s Team Kumuls program.

The two-day clinics, which kicked off on Tuesday, have attracted Sallyanne Tiplas and Lyle Alickson, who are involved in the coaching sessions supervised by National Development Manager Toksy Nema, a highly credentialed coach himself.


Pinni Seth from Rawal Warriors Women’s Rugby League has been involved in the course conducted by Referees Director Joe Peregua with the program to extend to Kokopo for East New Britain on Thursday and Friday.


New Ireland has produced its fair share of Kumuls in the past with players like Allan Rero, John Yip, Yanga Pilakos, Ngala Lapan, Aquila Emil and Kungus Kuveu, who have since passed away. 


Next week, the program will cover West New Britain Province with new dates to be set for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville after the courses were postponed when PNGRFL officials could not make it to Buka due to flight difficulties.


PNGRFL Director for NGI, Horta Boskey, said initial stages of the roll-out will have follow-up courses crucial in keeping the development program process in motion.


Boskey also used the opportunity to explain the structure of PNGRFL and the roles and responsibilities of NGI region covering affiliations and registrations of leagues. 


Nema said his program covered the basics of coaching, covering areas in both attack and defence, which includes drills to reinforce the basic skills.


Peregua explained that the referee course covered basic laws of the game in both theory and practical sessions.


The same program was used in Daru last week for Western Province when the Southern Region kicked off its roll-out with other Papuan provinces such as Milne Bay, Oro and Gulf.


Similar courses in line with the Team Kumuls roll-out program will extend to the Highlands and Northern regions during the year.

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