Leagues have until Friday to affiliate

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The National,Wednesday18 January 2012

WITH three more days to go rugby league associations throughout PNG intending to be part of the PNG Rugby Football League should furnish all requirements and forward them to the national body.
It is one of the requirements to be eligible to attend the annual general meeting at the Melanesian Hotel in Lae next Saturday.
PNGRFL highlands regional development officer Joe Tokam urged development offices in the Southern, Northern and New Guinea Islands to forward the number of leagues in their regions intending to join the PNGRFL.
He said four leagues from the Highlands region had confirmed their membership with the PNGRFL.
The deadline for all requirements is set for Friday.
Northern regional development officer Steve Malum said there were several leagues that had shown interest but would confirm before close of business on Friday.
“I cannot confirm the number of leagues right now. Unless they know the planned AGM is on they will not come forward with information,” Malum said.  
However, he said Wau-Bulolo were expected to pay their affiliation this week to confirm their membership with the PNGRFL. 
Other leagues are Ramu, Madang, Kainantu, Tumerizah also from Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands should affiliate this week.
He said Lae were the only league to have confirmed their membership.
In Southern region, PNGRFL development officer Ripa Kalamo said four leagues had expressed their interest.
“(However) nothing concrete has been sent to my office. It includes players’ registration forms, technical officials and K500 affiliation fees,” he said.
Kalamo said yesterday that four leagues – Rigo, Port Moresby, Port Moresby Suburban and Poreporena rugby leagues had shown interest.
However, he said they had yet to formalise their particulars to be part of the PNGRFL.
Tokam, who has been tasked to coordinate and prepare the leagues for the AGM, said yesterday it was the last attempt for the meeting to get things rolling within the PNGRFL and the leagues.
“I am urging leagues intending to be part of the PNGRFL this season to comply with the necessary requirements. Forms have already be sent out to the development offices to distribute to the leagues.
“Others were expected to receive them this week before the closing date on Friday,” Tokam said.