The National, Thursday July 26th, 2012
THE PNG NRL Bid is supporting the Women’s Rugby League team’s World Cup tour next year.
At the recent Lockyer State of Origin Luncheon, the BID auctioned a signed Queensland and New South Wales jersey.
The winning bid of K4,000 was donated to the national Women’s Rugby League. The BID has committed funding of K25,000 towards playing and travel uniforms for the squad once their World Cup spot is confirmed.
The World Cup will be held in England in June 2013 and the Papua New Guinea Women’s Rugby League are stepping up their fundraising activities so the team can compete in the prestigious event.
The team needs K550,000 to cover all costs and Women’s Rugby League founder and president, Wendy Kohun is overwhelmed by the support from the Bid.
“We thank the PNG NRL Bid for recognising the role of women in PNG Rugby League,” Kohun said.
“The Bid is doing a fantastic job in junior development in the country and now assisting the women of PNG who love their rugby league.”
“Their support will go a long way to kick-starting our fundraising,” she said.
The Women’s League team has participation from around the nation. More than 12 centres will take part in the upcoming zone and national championships, culminating in the selection of the national team.
The Bid will provide help with selecting the squad, with the first international game tentatively set to be against the Australian Jillaroos (Australian Women’s rugby league team) in September.
as a possible lead-up game to the part of the Prime Minister’s X111 match.
Bid chief executive officer, Brad Tassell said: “Women’s Rugby league doesn’t receive any funding in PNG. “Rugby league is for everyone and we must recognise that there is more support for rugby league from women in PNG than there is in any other nation.”