The National, Friday 13th July, 2012
THE PNGRFL case was not listed for a hearing yesterday.
This was confirmed by PNGRFL interim administrator Ivan Ravu at 1pm yesterday.
“My lawyer just rang and advised the case is not listed this afternoon,” Ravu said.
The court was to have decide on the legitimacy of the interim PNGRFL administration but it now means even more delay for the sport that is plagued by on-field violence.
The case follows a court injunction taken out in late May by Wabag Rugby League president Joseph Kilapak and 18 other leagues in the country.
The delay in the decision will again put all plans for development and preparations for the next year’s World Cup on hold.
The PNGRFL does not have a board in place, with Ravu appointed by former chairman John Numapo in a caretaker capacity.
It has been a long fight for legitimacy among small sub-divisions in the league and been carried out without any real concern for its effect on the game.
Panic buttons were ‘pressed’ on Wednesday after international and NRL Gold Coast Titans wing David Mead admitted the ‘poor’ running of the game was a greater part of his decision to pull-out from playing for the Kumuls again.