Sandis Tsaka

Trust fund to fulfil Ottio’s dream

Before officially handing over the body to Ottio’s family at the funeral service held today, Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka, said the Kato Ottio Trust Fund was opened yesterday.

He said Ottio had always dreamt of building a house for his mother, Joyce, and the PNGRFL wanted to make this dream come true in honour of the late SP Hunters and PNG LNG Kumuls star.

Tsaka welcomed contributions from the general public who wish to assist by depositing money into the Trust Fund.

He said the account will be closed next Thursday, January 18, at 12pm.

Newspaper article concerns PNGRFL chairman

Chairman Sandis Tsaka said no official statement was released by the PNGRFL with regards to any SP PNG Hunters pre-season trial matches against any clubs whatsoever.

However, a newspaper reporter, who was aware of a private discussion by the PNGRFL and Hunters Coach Michael Marum on arrangements for trial matches, went on to publish unconfirmed and an unauthorised article on Wednesday, 22nd November.

The Chairman expressed concern that such unauthorised announcements have the potential to derail discussions between PNGRFL and outside clubs.


The team was announced by chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League, Sandis Tsaka, in front of naming rights sponsor, National Gaming Control Board and other stakeholders.

The NGCB PNG Prime Minister’s XIII will take on the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII at the National Football Stadium on September 23.

“This is a very strong team that was put together by the selection panel chaired by PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum.

“It has the full blessing of all key stakeholders,” said Tsaka.

PNGRFL: Digicel Cup final fitting end to season

Rau extended his appreciation to every Papua New Guinean and in particular, the franchises that supported the eight teams this season.

“The PNG National Rugby League Competition which runs the Digicel Cup became part of the PNGRFL structure this season.

“We had strict guidelines and proper competition manuals to follow. The eight teams that participated followed these rules and guidelines which made the competition a big success.

​PNGRFL congratulates Hunters

“It is a historic moment for the PNGRFL, our partners and everyone in the country for the Hunters to be the first team in the ISC grand-final,” said PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka.

“On behalf of everyone in the country, I congratulate Michael Marum and the team for delivering this result.

“The time, effort and sacrifices you, your coaching staff and players put in has resulted in this historic result and we congratulate you all for this,” Tsaka said.

Tsaka to represent PNG at international rugby meetings

Tsaka said one of the main topics on the agenda is the International Calendar for the next five years starting in 2018.

“This is part of the Rugby League International Board’s aim to align with the Global Conversion Strategy to support the growth of international rugby league,” said Tsaka.

The chairman said this will also be the first time for all Pacific members to meet.

PNGRFL thanks Guru for services

Guru recently resigned as Chairman of the PNG NRL, with franchise owner of the Lae Snax Tigers, Adrian Chow being appointed his successor.

“On behalf of the PNGRFL and the rugby league family in PNG, I want to thank Sudhir for his six years of dedicated service to the PNG NRL.

“He’s brought the organization to a level where it is a very successful organization. Financially, it is in a very healthy place today, and that’s mostly due to Sudhir’s stewardship, the management, the franchise owners and the board of the PNG NRL.

Chow appointed Chairman of PNG NRL

Chow’s appointment was first on a number of announcements made today at a press conference this morning by Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Sandis Tsaka.

“Adrian is no stranger to rugby league through the Snax Tigers. Through his family and their company, they have supported rugby league from the grassroots to the elite level.

“With Adrian’s wealth of experience in the commercial sector and sports, I know he’ll do a great job in supporting the growth of rugby league in the country. We welcome you on board Adrian,” said Tsaka.

Tkatchenko congratulates Tsaka on re-appointment

Tsaka was re-appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lae, during the weekend, for another three-year term.

Tkatchenko highlighted that the successful AGM shows that the management from the board level down to the chief executive officer have the confidence of all the teams’ presidents throughout the country.

Tkatchenko said this shows that rugby league has now taken the lead in good governance and good sport.

Match will be a celebration of our Melanesian and Pacific heritage

“Hopefully we can build and grow our ‘people to people’ relations through our shared love for rugby league.

“I hope that as both teams assemble in Fiji for the match, that they take some time to appreciate each other’s stories, customs and embrace our common heritage, learn from each other and hopefully form friendships that go beyond the football field and the weekend,” said Tsaka.