Western Highlands tarnished by a few


THE president of Nebliyer Rugby League says the violent actions of a few team officials and fans of the Mt Hagen Eagles had brought shame to Western Highlands and its people.
Michael Lakati said the actions of the Eagles club, officials and fans during the Digicel Cup preliminary final in Port Moresby between the Eagles and Agmark Gurias, warranted the sanctions imposed on them by the Papua New Guinea Rugby League board.
However, Lakati said that the criticisms levelled against the Western Highlands team went too far.
“The word ‘primitives’, used in referring to the attitude of just one official and the fans, have brought shame to many good people in the province,” he said.
Lakati said the attitude shown by the trainer Stanley Akinu and the did not reflect what rugby league development officials and players in Western Highlands were capable of.
“This incidence attracted condemnation and criticism against the Western Highlands franchise discourages the young rugby league players that we are developing in our local leagues,” Lakati said.
He appealed to sponsors not to feel discouraged by what happened to the provincial team but continue to support the local leagues.

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