Madang RL elects new president

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The National, Thursday, April 28, 2011

JACK Taraika is the newly-elected president of Madang rugby league. 
The former vice-president was elevated to the highest office at a recent annual general meeting convened last Monday. 
Former league president Snr Insp Philip Welia travelled from Bulolo to chair the meeting. 
Welia did not contest a second term due to his recent posting outside the province. 
He affirmed his confidence in Taraika as his successor. 
Other newly-elected league executives include vice-president, Paul Male, treasurer Murry Koimo and secretary David Teine.
Last year’s AGM was scrapped after it was deemed improper by the members. 
The former president did not convene or chair that meeting and only three eligible clubs attended.  
Six of the eight clubs attended the recent AGM confirming beyond doubt Taraika’s legitimate election to the top post.
The executives will hold their first meeting  tomorrow to finalise the season calendar. 
A general meeting will be held on May 5 to confirm club affiliation. 
Clubs are asked to pay  their K500 affiliation fees  before they will be included in the draw for this season.
Rugby league in the sleepy tourist town of Madang is showing signs of real development. 
A school boys competition was introduced last year. 
Two newly-established clubs East United and Bomai Panthers have also confirmed to affiliate to Madang rugby league this year bringing the total clubs to 10 and strengthening the competition.