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NCD School League ends successfully

The National Capital District (NCD) School Rugby League Competition has concluded its 2024 season on a high note, staging Grand Finals for the different student-participating age categories in the three electorates of Moresby North-East, North-West and South, from July 5th-7th at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

After fifteen weeks of intense competition, the students rose to the biggest arena and displayed their skills, entertaining the spectators and fans alike. With a total of 59 participants, 29 teams bowed out in the qualifying finals, while 30 teams made it to the finals.

The students, whose ages ranged from Under 15 boys, U16 girls, U17 boys, U18 girls, and U19 boys, competed in their respective age divisions on the weekend, bringing the stadium to life with entertaining rugby league spectacle.  

The qualified North-East schools kicked off the finals on Friday, July 5th, followed by North-West on Saturday, July 6th, and Moresby South wrapped up the 2024 competition on Sunday, July 7th.

The school league has exposed many talented teenage rugby league sensation, who have the potential to make their names in the 13-men code, if some of them decided to go down that path. It’s a good pathway to nurture and mentor the rising stars of tomorrow.

NCD School Rugby League President, Arnold Gende, was satisfied with the growth of the competition, but admitted that there was still room for improvement.

“This season has been very good. I’ve seen great performances compared to the previous grand finals we’ve hosted in NCD. The schools have come of age and the players have been well-disciplined,” Gende remarked. 

“There’s one or two areas that they need to improve but overall, it’s been a great improvement in the competition this season for both the girls and boys. They did very well and I’m happy.”

Mr. Gende expressed his gratitude to NCD Governor, Honorable Powes Parkop, PNGRFL CEO, Stanley Hondina, stakeholders and partners for the sponsorship and collaboration in pulling off a successful 2024 season. He looks forward to running a bigger and better competition next year.

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