"State of Clans" rugby league, Mioko-Palpal

PA267184 DOY Scrum, inter-clan.A

The Marmar (big pigeon) and Pikalaba (little pigeon) clans play their "State of Clans" series annually following Rugby League rules but playing touch football which makes for fast, open play. The whole area takes the matches very seriously and players are all outfitted in proper team shirts in Australian or New Zealand team colors -- a major expense in these cash-strapped islands. Few players have boots -- a barefoot field goal from 40-50 meters is commonplace. PA267184

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