Rugby League BY RITA PEKI Papua New Guinea Kumuls Head Coach Michael Marum visited Mt Hagen this week to conduct coaching and training sessions with trainers, coaches and primary school students. Marum was in town on Monday afternoon and conducted the sessions at the Rebiamul oval outside Mt Hagen City on Tuesday. Similar sessions were conducted in Jiwaka province on Wednesday. Both the Rebiamul and Hagen Tee Primary Schools students turned out in numbers to welcome and receive Marum. The local teams gathered at the field and did their warm-up, dynamic stretches, agility, ladders, huddles, movements, attacking and defensive drills. Marum gave motivational advice and training to the players, trainers and coaches. His visit boosted the morale of the players and students in the schools rugby league competition. They also hope that one day they will be able to play under his coaching if they are fortunate of making it to the national team, the PNG Kumuls. Mt Hagen Rugby Football League vice president James Meninga applauded Marum for the visit, saying his visit was a bonus as they prepare to kick-start their local competition which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Former PNG Kumul, who was one of the participants, Billy Noi told the Post-Courier that it was a positive training session despite limited time. He believes that they had learnt a lot from Marum that would help them go a long way to moulding them. “I really appreciate him coming to Mt Hagen who is an experienced sports administrator who is passionate about training, teaching and developing us,” Noi said. “If PNG Rugby League can arrange more of this training with the assistance of Mr Marum, then this would be great as it will improve the level of the local competition.” He said they had to prepare in the local competition so that they could be familiar with what to do in the intercity games. Marum was appreciative of the presence of the crowd and the participants and he took the opportunity to wish the Mt Hagen League all the best in their first competition next week. The purpose of Marum’s visit to Mt Hagen was to see how the Mt Hagen franchise Digicel Cup team Wamp Nga Hagen Eagles conducted their training and was on hand to give advice where possible to help in their training.