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NCD School Rugby League Competition ready to host Big Dance

The National Capital District (NCD) School Rugby League Competition is gearing to host its Grand Final games for the different participating teams in their respective age categories (both boys & girls) from July 5th-7th, 2024, at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

A total of 59 teams from the three electorates of NCD - Moresby South, North-East and North-West - have participated in the competition in three pools. Of the 59 teams, 29 fell short of reaching the playoffs, while the top 30 advanced to the finals.

The finalists of each age division comprise Under-16 and 18 girls, Under-15, 17 and 19 boys. They will compete in three pools. Interestingly, the U16 girls’ division was introduced to the competition this year.

After twelve weeks of entertaining and interesting regular rounds of footy, the stage is now set for the top 30 qualifying teams to battle for supremacy in their respective age divisions from Friday to Sunday.

The grand final for each division is shaping up to showcase the best rugby league skills of students attending various schools in NCD from the three electorates of Moresby South, North-East and North-West.

Three separate grand finals will be staged for the three electorates. Kicking off the decider on Friday, the North-East finalists will go head-to-head, followed by North-West on Saturday and Moresby South will wrap up the season on Sunday.

NCD School Rugby League President, Arnold Gende, expressed his appreciation to NCD Governor, Honorable Powes Parkop and PNGRFL CEO, Stanley Hondina, for their continued support, including the business houses and stakeholders for backing the competition.

“On behalf of the board of NCD School Rugby League competition, I would like to thank Governor Parkop for his undivided support, as well as CEO Hondina and others who stood beside us over the years,” President Gende said.

Mr. Gende also thanked the parents and coordinators of the schools in NCD, wishing the top 30 teams best of luck in the finals.

“A big thank you to all the parents, school management and coordinators. Without your backing, these students would not have come this far to compete in the finals.With your support through thick and thin, we’ve made it this far,” Gende expressed.

“To the finalists, you’ve sweated your guts out and shown sportsmanship in the last twelve weeks, so I congratulate you all and wish you all the best in the finals.”

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