PNG to host deaf rugby meet in August

The PNG deaf side. Picture: POST COURIER

PORT MORESBY, 19 FEBRUARY 2019 (POST COURIER) – The PNG deaf side under the umbrella of the National Capital District rugby union will play its first-ever match against a Fiji side in Port Moresby in August 2019.

The match is sanctioned by the Oceania Rugby Federation.

The PNG Deaf Association is now calling on those who are deaf, especially men, parents or relatives in Central and NCD to come and be part of this historic event.

The NCD rugby union is hopeful there will be an increase number of participants (players) to prepare for the even in August.

The PNG Deaf Association president Josh Yembo voiced his concerns on parents, relatives and those who are deaf but having an interest and eager to play rugby union to join the team at training at Bava Park.

NCD Rugby Union coordinator Aguna Frank, who is currently training the team, comprising mostly of players from NCD, preparing for the meet, said they need more players from Central, especially from the Hiri east and west area to join the camp.

He is hopeful that potential talents will be identified to make the numbers and train for the Oceania meet.

Frank said the union knows there were a lot of hidden and potential talent who can play, but since there wasn’t any recognition in the country for people who are deaf they are making the call to reach out to these untapped talent.

“We started it last year when we hosted a try out trials between two teams from the NCD deaf rugby. They played an exhibition match during the Rookies 7s which was fantastic and they did enjoy the footy played.

“It really amazed many people out there as it was first of its kind for them to take a glimpse of the deaf people playing rugby and throwing the ball around and scoring tries was quite a surprise,” he said.

Frank said he is keen to help them and thanked the NCD rugby union for the support to push for the game to be played in Port Moresby.

PNG deaf rugby is recognized by the Oceania Rugby Union Federation and “this year will be the glorious year for us to witness this rare sporting event”.

They are calling on sponsors, business houses and interested individuals to come forward and support the PNG deaf team to realize their dreams and have fun.

Meanwhile, those who are interested to play or support the PNG deaf first rugby team can contact via texting the PNG Deaf Association president Josh Yembo on 71414256 or PNG deaf rugby leader Apo Yosman on 70970008. They can be reached via text only as the only mode to get in touch with team.

More Stories