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The first round of the PNG National Schools Rugby League National Championship kicked off on Friday at Kalabond Oval with the West New Britain side enjoying a successful start to the New Guinea Islands (NGI) leg of the tournament.

Held in Kokopo on the island of New Britain, the West New Britain side enjoyed wins in the Under 14s and Under 16s Boys events, as well as the Under 18s Girls. The Under 18s Boys event was a 6-all draw between the West New Britain side and the Rabaul (1) side.

The regional tournament will continue over the weekend with representative teams from each of the four Confederations to be selected to take part in the National Championship Final in Port Moresby in late September.

The Highlands, Northern and Southern Confederation tournaments are scheduled to take place next weekend.

Day One:

U14s Boys : West New Britain 14 def Rabaul (1) 0
U16s Boys – West New Britain 20 def Rabaul (1) 4
U18s Boys – Rabaul (1) 6 drew with West New Britain 6
U18s Girls – West New Britain 14 def Rabaul 0