Raiders off to Australia

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The National,Thursday 22nd December 2011

THE premiers of the Western Highlands Governor’s Cup, Kui Raiders are likely to travel to Australia to clash with a feeder club of the Sydney Roosters in Orange City next month.
Western Highlands governor Tom Olga will be briefing the players on their travel plans and other arrangements during the presentation ceremony at the YC Hall at Rebiamul at 2pm tomorrow. 
Earlier, Olga made an undertaking that the winners of the cup would be traveling to Australia to play against a feeder club. 
Kondo East were the premiers in 2009 and travelled to the Gold Coast last year.
The rugby league challenge had attracted 14 teams this year.
Competition president Rexy Onda is urging teams that participated to go for the presentation because of consolation prizes for them.
He said yesterday and said that the presentation would be held at 2pm and urged all team officials to be present before hand.
The PNG Rugby Football League highlands region general manager Joe Tokam and representatives from Western Highlands Development Corporation will be among guests at the event.
WHPDC, a business arm of the provincial government, sponsored the tournament which ended successful in October.
He said it was the initiative of the provincial government to promote rugby league and unite communities in the province. The tournament had also exposed young talents from the villages.
Onda said it would also be a venue to select players for the Mt Hagen Eagles for the Digicel Cup challenge next year.
He is hoping the team would make an impact at next year’s challenge.
He challenged teams intending to travel to Australia in 2013 to commit themselves to training and discipline themselves.
The competition is expected to be bigger next year.
Onda is urging youths to participate in sports activities such as rugby league because it could lead to becoming successful in future