Former Kumuls put hand up to be volunteer


FORMER Kumuls five-eighth Darius Haili is one of the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time to host the 2017 PNG Games in West new Britain.
Haili, from Kasia village near Hoskins Station, is one of seven supervisors who oversees the management of the satellite venues during the Games.
Though he was a rugby league star during his years as Kumul, the down-to-earth Haili has put his hands up to take up the challenge to deliver the Games.
“I was asked by Maha Waname to support the work of the volunteers and did not regret in giving my time to bring the PNG Games here to Kimbe,” Haili said.
The Hoskins local was best remembered in rugby league circles for being carried off by his opposite Australian Kangaroos No.6 Wally Lewis after he was tackled by Lewis during a match between Australia and PNG at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby in the 1980s.
Haili recalled that as a highlight of his career but it also brought about an early retirement from top level rugby league.
“I am now involved with Hoskins Muruks in the local Kimbe rugby league competition and also support Team West during their preparation leading up to the PNG Games,” he said.