Outgoing PNGRFL chairman Don Fox was proud to announce this achievement to the affiliate members during his farewell speech at the annual general meeting staged in Lae last Saturday.
“The administration is now financially sound after paying off bad debts and outstanding accounts in access of K100,000,” Fox said.
“We are now trading profitably and have a healthy bank balance,” Fox said.
This is in contrast to a year ago when the PNGRFL was likened to a ‘sunken ship’.
“Rugby league in PNG was in crisis with the PNGRFL being almost non-existent,” he said.
Fox said he was tasked to head a group of four dedicated long-serving rugby league personalities in Joe Tokam, Gwaibo Mairi, Russ Kaupa and Horta Boskey as regional directors to revive the PNGRFL.
“I believe we have achieved our task and I leave with a feeling of satisfaction and pride in what our directors have achieved,” he said.
Fox gave his blessing to deputy chairman Sandis Tsaka, whom he described as a future leader of substance and authority to take the baton as chairman.
“We now need a different style of leader who is younger and has a vision of where he can take us into the future,” he said.
Among the highlights of the board’s successes in the past year include, getting the game out of the court room, better understanding the affiliates issues with regional board meetings, new constitution adapted at last AGM, inviting the PNGRL Foundation to work together and then assisting in closing them down, revival of national regional championships, revival of Cambridge Cup in 2014, successful negotiations with the QLD Rugby league to be accepted in the 2014 QLD Cup. The National