The Madang rugby league fraternity, primary schools and community experienced a hive of activities last week with the visit by Steve Malum, the Northern Zone development officer. His visit was in conjunction with the PNGRFL Junior and School Boys development program around the country and kicked started the Madang School Boys Rugby League Competition by conducting a series of meetings, coaching and training clinics with the Primary Schools whom have made known their interest. The attention caught the sports masters, parents, the local rugby league fraternity, supporters of the code and the MRL executive who have worked tirelessly in conjunction with the schools and the Northern Zone development officer Steve Malum, how significant it is get junior development programs off in Madang where the Madang public witnessed the first school boys trial matches on the weekend at the Ron Albert’s Park.
Credit goes to the three Primary Schools, Jomba, Lutheran Day and Kusbau for taking the initiative to participate in the Madang School Boys Competition. Madang School Boys Coordinator Joe Laia has appealed to the other Primary Schools to join in the development program, and is planning a series of meetings to elect an executive to move forward and manage the program in Madang, with support from the MRL executive.
Apart from that, Steve Malum finished of his visit in Madang by joining his counterparts and guests, the MRL President Philip Welia and executive, the Madang Provincial Administrator, Ben Lange and Madang Provincial Planner, Simon Simoi and Kainantu Bees sponsor, John Nato witnessing a trial match between Globe Madang Malabos and the Gateway Kainantu Bees. Both sides displayed some fine football regardless of errors, mainly due to the intensity of the game and pressure from the popular Madang vocal supporters. The Madang side defeated a courageous Kainantu outfit 16 points to 12 to come out victors. These trial matches are designed to prepare and improve the Northern Zone league centers representative sides prior to the Northern Zone Super 6 Conference Cup later to be held in July. The trial match ended with a feast later in the evening attended by team’s players and officials, sponsors, guests, MRFL and KRFL executives.