Rugby League BY GRACE LIMA It was sheer determination, commitment and hard work in training that resulted in a local rugby league team from Tagitagi No.2, Toma in East New Britain, seeing its way up to compete against other teams in the province. TN Lions who took part in the two-day tournament of East New Britain 9s which started last weekend at Kalabond field in Kokopo playing against other teams and progressed to the semi-finals, winning third placing to take home K2000 in prize money. The team was formed in early 2012 with consecutive sponsors from the community purposely to see raw talents and interest of young boys in the community. Team manager Agustine Paraide said the team already took part in several tournaments since it was formed such as Super 9s at the national level and Agmark 9s and already produced two players currently with the Agmark Rabaul Gurias. He said the team is made up of youths with years ranging from 18-30 and most the players have been performing extremely well and have shown great improvement with their rugby skills. “Our main aim is to expose our young boys’ raw talents to the national level, to keep them busy to reduce social issues, make them see their potential and talent and give them opportunity to travel and expose themselves to other cultures.” Major sponsors of the team are owner of Access Transport Services, Constantine Waninara, Linus Vairop, Anthony Turapal and Paul Raia Junior and the team took time to acknowledge them for their support. Anthony Turapal said their main aim in sponsoring the team to help in community development to promote respect, team work and to mould the youths to improve their attitude not only to play but to discipline them to become good citizens. “Our team has produces two boys currently playing in the Guria team and we are proud of that and we want to see more playing in our national teams.” The team has been privileged last year 2018 to travel to Lihir to take part in the Nimamar 9s and finished in third placing. The team is ready to take part in the Agmark 9s and the town competition which will start soon and thanked their families and the community for their continuous support.