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Philip Aravure and Kaugere Secondary Schools are the inaugural U18 Boy’s and U18 Girl’s National Capital District (NCD) Schools Rugby League champions after winning their respective Finals on Sunday.

Taking place at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Philip Aravure defeated Kaugere 10 – 6 in the U18 Boy’s Final whilst in the Girl’s Final, Kaugere edged out Kila Kila Secondary 8 – 6.

NCD Schools Rugby League Association President, Arnold Gende, was excited for what 2021 could look like for the competition.

“We’ve affiliated eight schools this year and out of these schools we had eight boys’ teams and four girls teams and we managed to get the programme running with five weeks of competition and three weeks of finals.” he said.

“In a short period of time this year we’ve seen the interest from schools that participated and this programme is also a first for students to compete in a safe and fair competition like POMRFL.”

“I’d like to thank the referees’ director and all the referees that participated in this programme because without them we wouldn’t be able to come out and run the programme efficiently through this tough year.”

“The referees and school teachers are part of the development of the talent in this programmes.”