By KEITH PUARIA
MADANG Rugby Football Union will hold its annual general meeting tomorrow.
All old clubs will be present with Madang rugby chief, Paul Joseph, also extending an invitation to all new and interested clubs to attend.
The AGM will be hosted at the presidents’ residence at Kina Beach at 4.30pm and will give all an opportunity to bring forward issues regarding the union, and its direction.
Most importantly, top on the agenda is the election of new office bearers, with Joseph already expressing his intention to step aside, after almost five years at the helm.
“I have been at it since moving here in 2005. It has been challenging for a sport that is still finding its feet in this soccer-mad province, and doing it all too. I think its time someone else put their hand up to take this code and union into the future,” Joseph said.
Meanwhile, the provinces rugby sevens side, the Madgauns, have been quietly preparing for the Bougainville Black Orchid set for Feb 20-21 in Buka, and the NGI Sevens scheduled for next month.
Despite the windfall last months JKT Lim Trans-Highway Sevens in Lae, fundraising events have also gone ahead in the teams efforts to raise funds to get to Buka and Kimbe for both events.
Sponsorship has been hard coming through, even after the success in Lae, and have driven the teams efforts even further.
“Training’s been very positive, with the final travelling team set to be confirmed by the weekend. The core of the Lae winning side will be retained for continuity,” Joseph said.