BEN HARRIS | Touch Football Australia
This was the first time PNG had played at the NTLs and they competed in the mixed open division.
Touch football has been played in PNG for nearly 20 years.
PNG junior vice-president John Aidaboe said there was one reason for playing at Coffs Harbour.
“Developing our players,” he said. “So win or lose we will take something away to develop our team.
“We are planning to come here next year again and this time we will do a bit better and be better prepared because we will know what to expect.
“At the end of the day, we want to learn as much as possible.”
Touch is slowly building a strong reputation in the rugby league-loving country. It is mainly played in towns.
“The important thing about touch, like it is in Australia, it’s a family sport. It’s not professional, it’s more of a family game.”
“We are hoping to have an opens team at the World Cup.
“The NTLs is not the only tournament we will use to develop the players. There is Malaysia coming up, there are the Oceania Games coming up, which is part of the build-up to the World Cup.”