The PPapua New Guinea Rugby Football League annual general meeting last Saturday in Lae was hailed as one of the best in many years.
Except for the New Guinea Islands region, 44 affiliated rugby leagues from Northern, Highlands and Southern attended the day-long meeting.
The highlight was the announcement by chairman Don Fox, 72, that he will voluntarily step down and his deputy and Wabag rugby league president Sandis Tsaka will replace him in accordance to the PNGRFL constitution.
The organisation and financial reports were tabled by Fox, PNG Rugby League Foundation chief executive officer Brad Tassel, while the amended constitution was discussed.
Tassel and Tsaka, who spoke after the closed door meeting, said the general reaction from the leagues was positive.
“A lot of things were discussed and there were a lot of point being put forwards to the board and I think there is a general willingness right across all the leagues and across the nation,” said Tassel.
“Overall the leagues were appreciated of what the PNGRFL has done in the past six months in running rugby league in the country,” he said.
Tsaka said the 2013 annual general meeting was “the first calm and organised meeting in the past 15 years” that he had participated in.
“Credit should go to the leagues that came, discussions in the AGM were fruitful unlike in the past ten years with 44 leagues in attendance,” Tassell said.
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