Schools to open clash

Sports

By JELILAH KUM
KILA Kila Secondary School and Philip Aravure Primary School Under-18 boys will play in a curtain-raiser to the Digicel Cup grand final between the Lae Tigers and Hela Wigmen in Port Moresby on Sunday.
The National Capital District Schools Rugby League competition resumes with five games tomorrow and the Kila Kila-Philip Aravure fixture will end round two at Sir John Guise Stadium.
“The students are excited about this weekend and have been committed to training,” league president Arnold Gende told The National earlier this week.
He visited the eight affiliated schools yesterday and said the students had turned up for training in numbers.
But Gende warned them to pay their registration fee of K30 per player by today so that they could play on the weekend.
Some schools had expressed interest to join the league for the short season but had been turned away.
“The season has already started and we will not accept late affiliations from schools, we’ve given them enough time already,” Gende said.
Meanwhile, he reminded the public not to expect too much from the league in terms of quality as the players were only students.
“This is a junior development programme and these children are still learning to play rugby league,” Gende said.
“They are not adults, they are children and we should respect that they are still learning the game.”
Fixtures: Sat, Oct 17 — Eki Vaki v Gerehu Primary, ECEM High v Kaugere Primary, Taurama Primary v Hohola Demonstration (U18 boys), Hohola Demonstration v Kaugere Primary, Kila Kila Secondary v Taurama Primary (U18 girls); Sun, Oct 18 – Kila Kila Secondary v Philip Aravure (U18 boys).

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