Month: May 2020

first_imgSix Raritan High School grapplers competed in last week’s NJSIAA Region VI wrestling tournament. All six qualified with strong performances in the District 22 tourney Feb. 23 at Monmouth Regional High School, though, none of the Rocket wrestlers advanced to yesterday’s SuperRegions at Brick Memorial. Two, sophomore Chad Bonnell (103 pounds) and junior Lee Irwin (189), won district titles. Matt Pendle (125) and Tom Johnson (152) each took second place in their respective weight classes, while Andy Voutsinas (23-5) and Rob Steiner (215) captured thirds. Overall, Raritan finished fourth in District 22, capping a 14-6 campaign that tied the team record for victories and included a win over Voorhees in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament. “It wasn’t that long ago that this was a struggling program,” coach Rob Nucci said. “Things are now heading in the right direction, and most of our wrestlers will be back next year. This is a very hard-working group.” Johnson, who entered the Regions at 16-9; Frank Carroll, 18-8 at 145 pounds; and Rob Kinzel, who has eight wins at 171 pounds are the seniors in Raritan’s starting lineup. Ken Kruetzer (160) and Christian Harden (189), two capable reserves will also graduate in June, as will Eric Boon (152), who had eight wins before a separated shoulder ended his season last month. “Our seniors have given us great leadership, and not only on the mats,” Nucci said. “Kruetzer and Harden couldn’t always get in the lineup, but they never complained; they worked hard in practice, and they set a good example.” Voutsinas, 23-5, was the Rockets’ top winner heading into Regions, followed by Pendle at 21-6. Heavyweight Alan Jacob is 19-6 and Mike Sagos (135) is 16-8. Irwin and Steiner have 12 wins each, and Mike Mason (112) and Jason Sagos (119), have 11 wins. In addition to having most of the lineup back, Nucci reported that interest in youth wrestling is rising in the township. More than 30 youngsters are involved in the middle school program, and another 60 are active in the recreation program. “This is going to be a wrestling town,” Nucci said. “It’s really great to see this kind of interest, and with our high school team doing well, maybe more kids will start wrestling.” That could mean many more trips to the regional tournament. — Warren Rappleyealast_img read more

first_imgThe Middletown Swim & Tennis Club’s swim team completed a perfect season on Saturday by defeating Marlboro. The Mariners ended the season with an 8-0 mark, including a victory over the Freehold Area YMCA, the team that spoiled Middletown’s run at an undefeated campaign a year ago. This year marks the club’s first unblemished record in more than 10 years, according to coach Lynn Cefalo. With more than 120 swimmers on the roster, Cefalo has plenty of talent and depth. The coach expects that most of the swimmers will return to the team next summer. “An undefeated season is a great accomplishment, and our swimmers are very excited about it,” the coach said. “They worked hard, and they really came together as a team. They should be proud of themselves.” Although the dual meet campaign is over, the Mariners will compete in the Monmouth County Swimming Championships this Saturday at the Freehold Area YMCA.last_img read more

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Bolstered by its home-grown talent, the Monmouth University men’s track and field team won its third straight Northeast Conference Indoor Championship. The Hawks edged Sacred Heart, 117-115, in the competition held Feb. 10-11 in Landover, Md., thanks to a significant role played by Shore-area athletes. Colts Neck High School graduate David Gaines was one of the two Hawks who won an individual championship. For Gaines, a senior, his win in the 800 meters was his first NEC title. His winning time was 1:55.92. The Hawks got points in this event from Madison’s Bill Doherty, who was seventh (1:59.5). Former Holmdel star Craig Segal was fourth in the 5,000 (15:30.40), one place behind teammate Martin Suarez III (Holy Cross), who posted a 15:18.89 in fourth place. Segal also took third in the 3,000 (8:40.55), while Suarez was fifth (8:47.27). In the one-mile run, Ryan Madrid (Paramus Catholic) was sixth (4:25.06). Chris Keller, who starred at Matawan High School, placed in a pair of throwing events. He was second in the weight throw (61-7) with teammate Ed Skrowronski, an ex-Raritan standout, third (58-9 1/2). Keller was third in the shot put (53-4 1/2). Monmouth dominated the shot put, taking three of the Top 5 places. Nick Williams was first reaching 55-9 3/4. Keller was third and Kyle Hrischklau (Morristown) was fifth (51-4 1/2). In the sprints, Fabrice St. Elme (Rahway) was second in the 60-meter dash (6.98) with teammate Chris Taiwo (Mount Olive) seventh (7.13). Jude Rene (Hamilton North) was third in the 60 hurdles (8.46) and also took sixth in the long jump (21-4 1/2). Darrin Chandler (Paramus Catholic) was seventh in the 400 (50.94). Chris Vuono, an outstanding performer at Christian Brothers Academy, was fifth in the 500 (1:05.78) with Derrik Keich (Tamaqua, Pa) seventh. Vuono helped the Hawks’ 4×400 relay team place fourth (3:23.81). Dan Tamburini (West Long Branch) scaled 13-3 1/2 in the pole vault to place sixth. The Hawks’ Distance Medley Relay team was third (10:39.95). “The men’s team did not have a perfect meet, but we did come up with some great individual performances to win our third straight championship,” said MU head coach Joe Compagni. Hawk women are second Monmouth’s women were not quite as fortunate as the men, as they finished second, coming up just two points shy of Long Island University, 129-127. “The women had a great second day of competition,” said Compagni. “We had a lot of solid performances by both freshmen and veterans.” Victories in the final two events of the competition, the 4×400 and DMR, almost helped the Hawks snap the title away from LIU, but the Blackbirds finished second in both events, limiting the damage and allowing them to stay ahead of the Hawks. Illiana Blackshear (West Orange), Michelle Losey (Piscataway), Crystal Stein (Stewartstown, Pa.) and Latasha Dickson (Matawan) made up the 4×400 team that won in 3:52.9. Dickson won an individual championship, taking first in the 500 (1:15.44). The DMR quartet consisted of Laura Embrey (Shore Regional), Deanna Paulson (Washington Township), Asha Arneth (Jackson Memorial) and Cailin Lynam (Sparta). Their winning time was 12:33.70. Lynam (5:12.31) and Embrey (5:13.81) were fourth and sixth in the mile, and Arneth was fourth in the 800 (2:18.96). Like the men’s team, the women received a lot of help from Shore athletes. Brittany Gibbs (Old Bridge) was one of the freshmen that Compagni was referring to. She was third in the triple jump (37-4). The Hawks all-around star Ashley Huffman (South Setauket, N.Y.) won the long jump (19-5 1/4) and was second in the 200 (25.30) and 60 hurdles (8.63). Next up for the Hawks are the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass., March 3-4. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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first_imgSt. Mary’s Athletic Association is currently holding online sign-ups for fall 2007 soccer for boys and girls ages 4-14. Deadline is Aug. 15. Visit http://active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1461766. Cost is $75 for one child and $115 for two or more children in a family. Questions can be e-mailed to info@stmaryaa.com. The Holmdel Stallions boys travel soccer team is looking for players for the fall U16 season. No residency requirement. Please contact Dave at (732) 946-0596 for more information. The Lincroft Knights Travel Baseball Club is looking for competitive, experienced player/pitcher for Cooperstown Tournament 12U team week of 8/4/07-8/10/07. Player must be born after April 30, 1994. Also seeking players for fall 11U/new 12U 50/70 team. Games played on Saturdays. Players must be born after April 30, 1995. For more information, e-mail lincroftknights@yahoo.com or call (732) 213-8216. The Holmdel Hornets, a fall U13 girls travel soccer team, a highly competitive MAPS Division team, will be holding open tryouts for their 2007-08 season. The Hornets are professionally trained/coached and play in high-level tournaments. The team is looking to round off its roster with a few self-motivated, dedicated players seeking a strong player development program while having fun. Interested players should contact sportzh91@aim.com. The Seventh Annual Old Bridge High School Be the Best Youth Football Camp for players ages 7-15 will be held July 16-20 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) in Old Bridge. For further information, contact Bob DeMarco at (732) 845-3376, e-mail bethebestyfc@aol.com or check the Web site bethebestyfc.com.last_img read more

first_imgBY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Erica Falvey The seniors on this year’s Middletown High School South softball team can achieve something rarely reached by a high school athlete: playing on teams that were in four state championship games.Julia Kuhn and Jackie Bates started on the three previous ones before graduating and embarking on to NCAA Division I careers — Kuhn as a third baseman at Northwestern and Bates as right fielder at Rutgers.But this year’s team that returns seven other starters moves from the NJSIAAGroup III to Group IV classification. In the past, playing in Group III meant that it would be playing teams where there was mutual unfamiliarity, since Middletown South plays in the Shore Conference A North composed mostly of Group IV schools.“In the past, we might see some of those teams four times in a season — playing against them in our league, the Monmouth County Tournament and the Shore Conference Tournament. I remember it happening a few years before with a good Marlboro team. Now we may see any of those teams a fifth time, which is really a lot,” said coach Tom Erbig. Allison Nolan Last year’s team ended its season with a loss to Sparta in the state championship game after winning the two previous titles. But can this group compete and contend for that and other titles? St. John Vianney denied Middletown South in both the Monmouth County and Shore Conference tournament finals last year.“I think we can,” Erbig said. “We lost two Division I players, which is rare to have two on the same high school team. If other kids step up and do what they’re capable of, we can repeat [as a Central Jersey sectional champion in the state tournament] and challenge for every title.”Although Middletown South loses two superstar players, it returns the right ingredients to set realistic goals to play at the end of the tournaments. Jill Troiano “The program is right where it should be right now, maybe a little better,” Erbig said.For the many devotees of pitching who profess that it’s good arms that win championships in high school softball, Middletown South welcomes back two very good ones in Allison Nolan, a senior who will be on the mound for her third season, and Alli Podmajerski, a junior who threw ample innings last year. Podmajerski also continues to hit the ball well and could be a DH when Nolan pitches.Nolan again relies on five pitches and two others she can use, with the drop curve thrown the most along with a screwball. She said she doesn’t feel the pressure being a senior with two years of experience as a starting pitcher.“It’s not just on me but on the whole team,” Nolan said. “We’re pretty much working as a unit. We have to work on communicating with each other because we lost two really good players.” Shortstop Jill Troiano, a senior who had the glove and the solid bat last season while earningAll-Shore honors, “will be a big offensive threat,” said Erbig, and likely will bat third in the lineup.“I’m definitely excited,” said Troiano. “We lost key people and we want to prove we’re better than expected. But there’s definitely more motivation to do better than last year, when we ended the season with a loss in the [state] championship game. We just have to come out working hard. We have great coaches. It’s just being dedicated.” Seniors Erica Falvey and Alex Jacinto will play at first and second base, respectively. Either one of them will wind up batting cleanup.Alli Muratore was a fixture at third base in past seasons and her departure to a college career at junior college national power Brookdale Community College leaves another huge spot to fill. Abby Schultz, a junior, is getting a good, favorable look there along with senior Kelsey Logan, who also can fill in at third base, and junior Karinne Kelly, who can play in left field as well.As for the important catcher spot, sophomore Veronica Zega and junior Megan Mitenzwei are competing hard for that start, and the winner will need to keep things smooth behind the plate for the veteran pitchers, and some of the leadership and grit that a solid catcher can provide.Sophomore Grace Heller moves from left field to fill the vacancy in center left by Bates.Senior Taylor Landis is back in right field. Landis will bat leadoff followed by Heller.As for left field, senior Courtney Davis and junior Megan Davidson are leading candidates along with Kelly.“We’ll be fine with Heller and Landis, and in left field we’re looking for a defensive and offensive threat,” Erbig said. “There’s a lot of work involved there. Heller did not hit as much as she could last year, but she’s really looking good at the plate now. If we can get Jacinto and Falvey to hit to their potential … they have the ability, and they’re now showing the consistency.”“Everybody is working hard in practice. The competition is good. The veterans are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. We’re trying to find players for those other positions.”Erbig is confident it will all begin to fall into place by the March 31 opener at 11 a.m. against Chatham. An April 7 game against Immaculate Heart will be a good gauge of progress.Erbig said he also is pleased with the turnout of 24 freshmen, including many good ones. He said five are likely to play in junior varsity and one or two may wind up on varsity as the season progresses.“They all could play on varsity level as seniors,” Erbig said. “They’re very talented.” For now, Erbig is focused on getting the most out of his talented veterans to make for another memorable season.last_img read more

first_imgBy TIM MORRIS Staff Writer The Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) cross-country team found a way to get over its disappointment at the Nike Cross Nationals last fall.The Colts did it by crushing the national record for the indoor 4×1-Mile Relay at the New Balance Indoor National at The Armory Track and Field Center in New York, N.Y., on March 15. The Colts’ quartet of Blaise Ferro, Mike McClemens, Fran Bogan and Tom Rooney turned in a time of 17:07.17, destroying the old record of 17:20.20 set in 2012 by Chariho Track Club (Rhode Island).It was an unforgettable race, as CBA led Gig Harbor High School of Washington (17:08.44) and Brentwood High School of Tennessee (17:15.58), which were under the old mark as well.“It’s pretty rewarding,” McClemens said of the double triumph — national championship and national record. “[The race] unfolded as expected.”Ferro ran the leadoff leg for the Colts, and his time of 4:20 had them at the front of the pack, with Gig Harbor and Brentwood close behind. McClemens’ 4:11 kept the Colts in front of what was going to be a three-team race.Bogan (4:24) kept the Colts in the leading trio, as Gig Harbor took the lead heading into the anchor leg.The Colts had the luxury of having the state’s two best 1,600-meter runners this winter. McClemens (4:14.20) and Rooney (4:14.79) went first and second at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. The decision to run Mc- Clemens second was because of the group, he was the best running alone, and his 4:11 put the Colts well under record pace in he race. Rooney was picked for the anchor because he has the fastest kick. If the race came down to a late kick, it was better to have him there.As it turned out, McClemens noted, “Everything worked out perfectly.”Wolfgang Beck kept Gig Harbor in front until the last lap, when Rooney (4:10) unleashed his kick in the last 150 meters, pulling away from the Gig Harbor anchor to bring the national championship and record back to Lincroft.Everything indeed worked out perfectly for the Colts.The victory was made a little sweeter because it was Gig Harbor that defeated CBA at the Nike Cross Nationals last December. Gig Harbor’s presence in New York gave the Colts another shot at the Nike Cross champions, which they relished.“That made it so much better,” Mc- Clemens said of the win. “We respect Gig.”After setting course records all fall, the Colts finished second to Gig Harbor at the Nike Nationals held in Portland, Ore., in December. McClemens, who was the Colts’ top harrier, admitted, “We were crushed by the loss.”However, CBA coach Chris Bennett found a way to get his Colts reenergized and focused.“After one of our workouts [for the indoor season], Mr. Bennett told us we should go for the national record in the 4×1-Mile Relay,” McClemens said. “It was our big goal for the season.”It was a goal that proved to be well within their grasp.Now, it’s on to the next goal for the remarkable Colts — the Championship of America Distance Medley Relay at the Penn Relays next month.last_img read more

first_imgThe wins were modest, but there was a deep sense of satisfaction with those involved in the first girls and boys varsity lacrosse seasons at Middletown High School North and Middletown High School South.The programs went from four teams playing on a junior varsity level to moving up to varsity, with another seven junior varsity and freshman teams launching this season, as 187 students-athletes were out for the sport in the spring. That enthusiasm has carried over to a solid summer of travel lacrosse for many players.“As far as an organization, we couldn’t be happier with the results on the field and off the field,” said Chris Fisher, president of the Lacrosse in Middletown parents’ booster group that proposed and initially funded the sport. “Every team won a game. It’s getting students involved, teaching the game and finding what fun it is. Parents are taking to this, too, which is important because they’re paying money to help put these teams on the field.”Middletown North’s boys played on Harvest Lacrosse, which is competing in a league in Sea Girt and split its first four games. Twenty players from Middletown South and 10 from Middletown North are on the Middletown Griffins, who are winless but have become more competitive of late against elite teams from Long Island, N.Y., and New Jersey in weekend tournaments. Both varsity coaches are co-coaches of the Griffins — Frank Finochio of Middletown South and Ryan Hilla of Middletown North. Their season ended last weekend in a showcase at Ocean Township.“They’ve shown a lot of improvement,” Finochio said of the Griffins.The boys teams from Middletown North and Middletown South each won five games. Middletown South’s girls won six games, while Middletown North’s girls won their season finale, 17-14, over Point Pleasant Borough High School for their second win of the season.“I think they did a tremendous job,” said Middletown South girls coach Greer Mc- Carthy, who also coached a number of her players on the United travel team that she has coached over the summer in recent years. “It’s hard to judge abilities at this stage, but they played a lot of high-level schools out of conference. I can say that every person was an integral part of the team.”Vanessa Romano, who will be a senior, and juniors Brittany Slook (center midfield) and Macaleigh Smith (defense) were on the older 2015 team that McCarthy said enjoyed a solid season. Slook scored 31 goals for Middletown South’s varsity team. Four others were on the United 2016 team, including Middletown South junior attack Brianne Naughton and sophomores Aisling Sullivan (attack), Roberta Montes (defense) and Devyne Osborne (defense). Two graduating seniors from Middletown South — midfielders Paige Connors and Xena Valenzuela, who scored 17 goals — have committed to college lacrosse careers at Georgian Court University.Middletown North’s boys qualified for the NJSIAA North Jersey Group III tournament, losing handily in the opening round to seasoned northern New Jersey squad West Morris Mendham High School.“They saw what it takes to be a top squad. It was definitely a learning curve overall, pretty much as I expected,” Hilla said. “The boys competed. They learned a ton and they made a long adjustment to the varsity game, which is faster than the junior varsity level that they played on last year. But at the end of the season, they came together and ended on a high note.”The Lions avenged a loss earlier in the season to Middletown South by scoring a 12-7 victory on May 10, as Justin Russo, who will be a junior this fall, scored eight goals and had three assists.Six players graduated, including starters Emil Merhige as a long stick middie and defenders Andrew Moran and Nick Bellifemine.A solid nucleus returns, including senior goalie Kevin Powers and junior defender Hayden Fairhurst. Senior Jordan Robinson and junior Chris Fisher are midfielders, along with junior Connor Hedlund. Juniors Bryan Flannigan, Ryan Aker and Russo are at forward, and Hilla said that Aker is having “a heck of a summer.”Finochio, who coached previously at Holmdel High School, has his work cut out with 13 Middletown South boys players departed via graduation, including 20-goal scorer Kevin Loesch, midfielder Tom Slook and defender Chris DiMaria, who Finochio calls a “great defender who will be missed.”Finochio saw steady improvement, though.“Considering this year they were going up against players with substantially more experience, the season was very successful,” he said.Finochio said he expects some prospects from the junior varsity team, which went 8-3, to step up.Senior goalies Alek Skrzynski and Jacob Mutini are back, as is sophomore defender Jack Kaiser.“It will be an interesting mix of the young and older players,” Finochio said of next season.Junior midfielder Matt Gruhler, who is adept at faceoffs, and sophomore Pat Walsh man the midfield spot. Senior Evan Lepkowski heads the attack.“We were competing against the top teams in the state, which allowed us to hone our craft and recognize where we needed to improve,” Middletown North girls coach Jacquelyn Garofalo said. “We had plenty of players for three solid teams, [including junior varsity and freshmen], and it can only progress from here. It was especially rewarding to see the growth the returnees had since last season, and how positively that reflected on our newest players.”Players included senior captains Katie Ryan and Brianna Pruden, as well as fellow seniors Tori Lidlow, Samantha Binn and Madison Gazette, junior Jessica Hauff and sophomore Hailee Hallard. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

first_imgBy Andrew BothEnglish Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion have sacked head coach Alan Irvine, the club announced on their website late on Monday.The Midlands club made the move following a run of seven losses in their past nine games, a series of results that has caused them to slide to 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.Irvine becomes the second managerial casualty in three days after relegation-threatened Crystal Palace dumped Neil Warnock on Saturday.And with Alan Pardew in line to swap Newcastle for Palace, the Premier League managerial merry-go-round has suddenly gathered pace after an unusually quiet start to the season in which nobody was fired for the first four months.Irvine is the third head coach dismissed by West Brom in little over 12 months, following the short reigns of Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel.His fate was sealed after a 2-0 away defeat against Stoke on Sunday, which followed a 3-1 home loss to Manchester City two days earlier.“Securing a sixth season in the Premier League is the over-riding target and sometimes unpleasant decisions have to be taken to serve that imperative,” Albion technical director Terry Burton says on the club’s website.“Alan has impressed everyone with his manner, dedication and diligence but he knows that results have simply not been good enough.”Irvine was surprise choice when he was hired as West Brom manager in June this year after the 56-year-old Scot had spent the previous three seasons as youth team coach at Everton.Bookmakers have installed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood as favourite to succeed Irvine with ex-Stoke and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis close behind in the betting.West Brom travel to West Ham on New Year’s Day with Rob Kelly, helped by fellow assistant head coach Keith Downing, in caretaker charge.last_img read more

first_imgBy Ed OsmondChris Rogers and Steve Smith plundered superb centuries to lead Australia to a commanding 337 for one on the first day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday.The pair shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 259 to put their side in a strong position to level the series following their surprise 169-run defeat in the first match in Cardiff.England’s only success was the dismissal of David Warner, caught in the deep for 38 trying to hit his third four off Moeen Ali’s first over, and their pace bowlers failed to extract any movement on an excellent batting wicket.Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss in overcast conditions and watched his openers bat comfortably through the first hour.England skipper Alastair Cook brought on spinner Moeen in the 15th over and Warner carved his first two deliveries to the mid-wicket boundary in a clear statement of aggressive intent.The pugnacious left-hander perished four balls later, however, caught by James Anderson at deep mid-off to end an opening stand of 78.Warner angrily swished his bat as he trudged off, doubtless annoyed that he had continued Australia’s habit of losing wickets to rash shots, a tendency which contributed to their loss in the first Test.Rogers, who flashed Anderson’s third ball of the match just over the slips, maintained the form which brought him 95 in Cardiff and he and Smith carried Australia to 104 for one at lunch.The pair continued to dominate as the sun came out in the afternoon and Rogers cut Stuart Broad to reach his eighth fifty in nine Test innings.Smith accumulated runs in his usual awkward but effective manner and also passed 50, the ninth time in a row he has passed the milestone when batting in the first innings of a Test match.A subdued crowd briefly came to life when Ian Bell, at second slip, dropped a sharp chance offered by Smith off the bowling of Ben Stokes, epitomising England’s sluggish day in the field.Runs continued to flow after tea and Smith hoisted Joe Root for six before pulling Anderson for four to reach his 10th Test century before Rogers followed his partner to three figures with a punch down the ground off Anderson.The partnership rattled past 200, Rogers passed his highest Test score and Smith nonchalantly continued the prolific form which has brought him eight Test hundreds since the start of 2014.The second new ball failed to lift England spirits and Rogers eased Anderson to the third man boundary to bring up his 150.He will resume in the morning on 158 not out with Smith on 129 and Australia look to build a huge total to put the hosts under pressure.It was Australia’s highest second-wicket partnership at Lord’s, the unbroken 259 beating Don Bradman and Bill Woodfull’s previous best 85 years ago.last_img read more

first_imgThe thrilling showdown at the Peter Momers Oval between Konamic Tigers and BS Taragau on Sunday was an eye-opener for more than 1300 spectators including executives of the provincial rugby league administration, Enga Mioks, public servants and Wabag town residents that turned up to watch the event.The two teams, who became the first to play a grand final since its inception under the administration of Wabag rugby league, were declared joint premiers of the Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas sponsored competition after remaining scoreless at extra time.President of Wabag Women’s rugby league Miriam Tsaka, the wife of PNGRL President Sandis Tsaka, expressed her gratitude at the manner in which the two teams showed their talents on the field.Ms Tsaka said there were a total of eight teams which participated this season Tere Tigers, Cosby Bumpers, Lupsco Royals, Kongs Casino, KTC Sharks DOW Border Sisters and the two finalists.She said her management planned to make the competition bigger next year in terms of attracting more clubs and sponsors participation.“This was the first ever women’s grand final in the rugby league history of Enga. We have just started this year with eight teams and I am happy with the way we ended the final, especially without any problem. We will make the competition bigger and better next season,” she said.The players of the champion teams were presented with medals while trophies were given to outstanding performers.Ms Tsaka added that after their affiliation with the PNGRL this year with financial backing of  K10, 000 from the Enga Provincial Government, they were looking forward to taking part in a higher level of PNGRL sanctioned tournaments including Highlands zone trial towards uplifting the level of their competition.“Our club is new to the rugby league fraternity. Therefore, we want to participate in many of those recognised tournaments towards making ourselves known….and that’s the way to promoting our players to the next level and making our club known to the rugby league community,” she said.Photo: President of Wabag womens rugby league club Miriam Tsaka, middle with the Enga Provincial Government sponsored shield, surrounded by players of the  joint premiers of  2015 –  Conamic Tigers and BS Taragau, after presentation on Sunday in Wabag.last_img read more

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