Port Moresby-based rugby league membership, Diamond Chiefs, made a grand last look within the 2019 ASEAN Nines (9) rugby league event, lately hosted within the metropolis of Pattaya, Thailand.
The Chiefs had been up towards robust competitors from rival golf equipment from New Zealand, South Africa, and an Irish staff boasting gamers from Australia and native Eire.
Ultimately going they performed face to face with a New Zealand membership, however fell wanting reaching victory and strolling away with the final word prize.
That is the third consecutive yr because the Chiefs began collaborating on this worldwide novice event in Asia.
“We made our first look within the Hong Kong rugby league 9s event in 2017, and got here out wining the competitors,” stated chairman Joseph Marius.
“We returned in 2018 to defend our title however was sadly knocked out within the semis.”
Marius is happy with his staff’s efficiency on this yr’s competitors.
“Measurement did matter. Missing in dimension, we compensated for this in pace, energy, and pure coronary heart and dedication to go above and past our rivals’ expectations – even our personal,” he stated. “Ultimately gaining favour from the opposite groups and the group, even in loss.”
This yr, the executives and staff administration led by Marius opted for a change in surroundings and reached out to the organisers of the NRL Asia, ASEAN Pacific 9s Rugby League event, to deliver the video games to Thailand.
The Diamond Chiefs have predominantly comprised of professional working class males who’ve the will to raised themselves of their private, skilled and sporting careers.
The aim is to develop and broaden the membership, and this yr, the Chiefs included a number of youthful gamers within the squad.
“Whereas it was a sporting journey, I’m optimistic that their expertise from this journey was instructional and may have an enduring affect on the way in which they suppose and see issues.
The membership believes in impacting optimistic change locally, and hopefully these younger males translate what they’ve learnt of their private lives, households, native groups and the group,” stated Marius.
This yr, half the staff was comprised of gamers of their early 20s in comparison with prior years the place it was largely working professionals taking the sphere.
“Unhealthy life-style selections have turn into a dominant subject amongst younger aspiring professionals and in our youth, subsequently a part of the Diamond Chiefs’ constitution is to offer an avenue to coach this demographic by means of wholesome residing and sports activities,” stated Marius.
Following this profitable tour, the Chiefs are already planning for subsequent yr and will probably be engaged in the area people; elevating consciousness, elevating funds, selling more healthy residing by means of sports activities, and can look to realize momentum because the years progress, and hopefully turn into a longtime ambassador for rugby league in Papua New Guinea.
The Diamond Chiefs want to acknowledge their fundamental sponsor, PNG Air Companies, and minor sponsor Financial institution of PNG.
Amongst many different contributors, the membership would additionally like to understand the time and efforts of motivational speaker, Arthur Tane and PNG Kumul David Mead.