28 Dec 2011

New attempt to achieve harmony in PNG rugby league with AGM next month

4:20 pm on 28 December 2011

A new interim management committee have called an Annual General Meeting for the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League, to be held at the end of January.

Earlier this year PNG's National Court appointed an interim committee, headed by John Numapo, and instructed that a full AGM be held by the end of November.

A group of 19 clubs from the Highlands Region disputed the legitimacy of the meeting, and argued Mr Numapo had gone beyond his powers in increasing the affiliate fees to be paid by clubs.

The Highlands Leagues Representative, Sandis Tsaka, says mediation attempts between the two parties failed.

He says they have now instructed their lawyer to withdraw the court proceedings and invoke relevant sections of the national league's constitution, which authorises the affiliate leagues to call for an AGM.

The AGM is scheduled for the 28th of January at the Melanesian Hotel in Lae.