HKRL are delighted to welcome the first confirmed entry of the HKRL 9s 2017 – the Diamond Chiefs Rugby League Club. Hailing from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, the Diamond Chiefs will be one of two overseas teams entering the tournament this year which will see entries from outside of Hong Kong for the first time ever as the tournament continues to expand.
More than just a footy team, the Diamond Chiefs was originally founded with a mission statement to help tackle men’s lifestyle diseases commonly found in PNG, using rugby league as the avenue to do this in. Since its inception it has also campaigned and raised money for other charities in PNG, such as the PNG Cancer Foundation.
‘We built Diamonds Chiefs to promote healthy living, raise awareness and money for charitable causes, and to give ordinary people an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, all in the name of rugby league,’ Andrew Kitum from Diamond Chiefs said.
‘It’s still early doors for us as a club but we want to compete in as many footy comps as we can and we’re very excited to be entering the HKRL 9s this year. We have competed in the Port Moresby Corporate 9s for the past couple of years under the PwC banner, and now the opportunity to travel overseas is hugely exciting for us. We’ve set the bar high but we can’t get wait to get over there and showcase our brand of footy.’
HKRL 9s will be taking place at King’s Park, April 22nd. Players, volunteers or sponsors interested in participating are welcome to message us directly on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.