Construction company backs Malalaua league

first_imgOwner of Dekanai Constructions company David Fallon with his project manager Jim Taparu, also the patron of the association, were excited to support young sportsmen from the province.”Dekenai has a very good name in the community, employing 600 staff and we will continue to support the locals,”Fallon said.His company was excited about the new Malalaua to Kerema road construction and sees a huge potential for the province and the country as a whole to tap into the vast resources.Competition president George Lare and his vice president Emmanuel Oii were on hand to receive the dummy cheque and were full of praise for the company for the timely support.Mr Lare said the money will be used to purchase trophies and medals for the winning teams in the grand final in November.The rural competition is made up of young boys from the two LLG wards of Taure and Lakekamu areas in the East Kerema district of Gulf Province.President Lare thanked Dekenai Construction and said this was the first time a company had come forward to support the village competition after numerous requests for funding to the Gulf Provincial Administration and member for Kerema Richard Mendani were unsuccessful.”We started with 12 clubs at the beginning of the competition,but due to financial difficulties the number of teams dropped to ten clubs,” President George said.The competition since affiliating to the PNG Rugby Football League in the country had to conform to the high standard set by the national body to ensure all clubs registration fees were on time for the competition proper to kick off earlier this year.The competition is now into its tenth year of competition and has struggled through the years with no funding from the provincial government and the frequent  flooding from the Taure river during the rainy season which bursts the river banks, seeing  the whole station go under water and the games forced to stop.Malalaua is situated on a flat low lying area surrounded by swamps and during wet season the small station struggles to deal with the flooding.This year the venue had to relocate to Terapo Catholic Mission station as it is a central location for the teams to access the venue and on higher, more stable ground. The Malalaua League has A and B grades, mainly youths aged  17 and 18 years, who take up rugby league to stay away from the pressures of alcohol and drug abuse with the aim of making it to the Gulf Isapea team in the Digicel Cup. The association consists of 3 teams from east Kerema, 2 from coastal and the rest from Mailovera villages including Iosipi Kangaroos, East Kerema Broncos, Pisu United and Terapo Roosters who are hot favourites to make it to the grand finals. The Malalaua Rugby League Grand Final is scheduled in the first week of November.Picture Caption: (from left to right) David Fallon, Jim Taparu, George Lare, Emmanuel Oiilast_img

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