The National, Wednesday June 18th, 2013
BUSINESSMAN and senior police officer Brian Tamanabae’s appointment as Popondetta Rugby League judiciary and disciplinary chairman is producing results.
Tamanabae, pictured, said in Port Moresby the crime rate had fallen with rugby league revived in Popondetta early this year – thanks to a K200,000 allocation by Oro Governor Gary Juffa.
He said instances of drinking homebrew, smoking marijuana and petty crime had fallen drastically.
He praised Popondetta Rugby League executives headed by Anko Vamage, deputy Jeff Mea, Kila Sibolo and Ali Kosky, police and community leaders.
Tamanabae said players were checked to see they were not drunk before they took to the field, resulting in players being more disciplined and committed.
He praised the management of the four clubs – M4M Bulldogs, Cross Back Spiders, Medics and HOPPL Tigers for controlling supporters.
“We are now seeing mothers, children and families coming to the oval to support their clubs without the fear of violence,” he said.