The National, Tuesday 28th May 2013
By PHILIP KEPSON
ENGA became the third Highlands province to affiliate with the schoolboys rugby league competition in the country.
This follows a payment of K100,000 by the Enga Provincial Government to the PNG National Rugby League Foundation which is coordinating the competition.
Eastern Highlands was the first Highlands province to register with the foundation in 2005 before Chimbu and Enga.
Other provinces in the region including Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, Hela and Jiwaka are yet to register their interest to have their students take part in the competition.
Port Moresby and East New Britain were among the first centres to adopt the programme that is jointly funded by PNG and Australian governments.
Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, when presenting the cheque to acting PNGRLF CEO Brad Tassel, said he believed in the idea of investing through schools to see the country reaching the pinnacle of being competitive in world rugby league.
“If we are to be competitive in rugby league, investing in the schools is a way forward,” he said.
Enga schoolboys coordinator Toksy Nema said the focus of the competition was to teach the students skills as part of the organisation’s aim to improve standard in the country.