PNGRFL AGM is a non-event

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The National- Friday, January 28, 2011

 CHIEF Justice Salamo Injia yesterday granted a restraining order against the  planned PNGRFL annual general meeting to be held in Lae on Sunday.

This is pending the determination of substantive proceedings.

This means that the game’s governing body has Bryan Kramer, who was elected unopposed  on Nov 28 last year, as its chairman until the matter is finally resolved.

Leagues, particularly from the Highlands, who have been preparing for the meeting will be in breach of this directive should they attend while any individuals convening the meeting are likely to face charges.

This further strengthens Kramer’s position while seemingly exposing the PNGRFL interim board’s efforts to flout its own constitution by holding an AGM  two months after it was supposed to (see Editorial, Page 50).

The latest development is expected to cause Highlands leagues, who have struggled to meet PNGRFL affiliation requirements on a timely basis, more stress as they face the prospect of having no say in the game’s administration.

Candidates for the post of chairman are also left in limbo as the order effectively legitimises Kramer’s election last year, for the time being.

The former PNGRFL executive board member for his part has promised to clean out the books of the PNGRFL. 

He said he would carry out a full audit of 2010 as well as previous administrations while also bringing in tighter mangement practices and implementing plans which will see the game grow at all levels.