Power lifters are awesome – Haoda

first_imgHe spoke to Loop PNG straight after the completion of the XV Pacific Games power lifting competition yesterday.”All 15 athletes won medals,” Haoda said.PNG collected 8 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze in the 15 weight divisions for both male and female.Haoda added that his troops effort were unbelievable because they were without a coach till April this year.”The coach ( Scott Upstod) did wonders in preparing the team within two months.”Haoda also thanked PNGPF sponsors KK Kingston, SP Brewery and PNGOC – Go gold program.last_img

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PNG play Fiji in netball final

first_imgThe gold and silver medal for the XV Pacific Games netball competition will be decided at 1pm at the PNG Power Dome. Fiji has dominated the code; winning in the last four Pacific Games since 1995 (Netball was not played in the 2011 games).The Pepes will have the home crowd support to cause an upset.PNG will be banking on old hands, Lua Rikis (captain) to lead in front and Kilala Owen to be on top of her defensive game.Samoa and Cook Islands are currently playing for Bronze.last_img

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East Sepik to host provincial games next month to scout for PNG Games talents

first_imgThe ground work to field a competitive team for the 2016 Games started early this year, and next month will see the provincial games played to identify potential athletes.The games will be played in the provincial capital, Wewak, on November 6.“Focus of the provincial games is to pick a train on squad for Team Sepik,” said Clarence Hukahu, Team Sepik manager. “By December, we expect to finalise the squad and run training for the individual codes.”Hukahu told Loop PNG that the codes confirmed to participate are soccer (12 men and 6 women’s teams), volleyball (8 men and women), touch rugby (4 men and women), dart (6 teams), basketball (4 men and women) and athletics.He added that the codes which took part in the 2014 PNG Games but not listed had themselves to blame.“Other sporting coordinators failed by not fulfilling requirements but a chance will be given to medal winners in the last games to be drafted into the train on squad.”Also, neighbouring Aitape district in the Sandaun Province will be sending three teams to give competition.Meanwhile, the organizers of the games are still waiting for financial support from the Provincial Government Sports Office.“We have requested for K32, 000 and if we do not receive any funding we will still try to host the games,” said Hukahu.    Photo: 2014 Team Sepik at the walking into the opening ceremony arena. File Picture.last_img read more

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Lewas lose by 8 wickets to Scotland

first_imgLewas batted first and found themselves in trouble early on with their openers Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea scoring ducks.Wickets continued to fall cheaply and the Lewas were all bowled out for a measly 53 runs after 19.2 overs.Sibona Jimmy top scored for the Lewas with 13 runs to her name.Poor running between the wickets cost the Lewas dearly losing 4 wickets to run outs.Scotland’s Abtaha Maqsood was the best of the bowlers taking 2/9.Scotland had no trouble chasing down the target and did it easy in 15.4 overs losing only 2 wickets along the way.Pauke Siaka and Ravina Oa picked up one wicket each for the Lewas.last_img

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Rio Olympics 2016: Ginny Thrasher wins gold in women’s 10m air rifle

first_imgThe 19-year-old secured her first major international victory, scoring 208.0 to leave China’s 2006 world champion Du Li with silver.Du’s compatriot Yi Siling, the defending champion, took bronze.Jen McIntosh secured the best-ever finish for a British woman – 15th out of 51 in the qualification round.The five-time Commonwealth medallist overcame a rifle malfunction to produce a strong finish and was just 1.2 points from securing a place in the final.She will return to compete in her favoured 50m rifle three positions event on Thursday.last_img

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Superleague week 6 preview

first_imgBoth teams are in action on Saturday with Storm at home against winless Celtic Dragons, while their challengers Loughborough travel to Hertfordshire to take on the Mavericks.This Friday, Team Bath entertain Team Northumbria with Wasps in action against Manchester Thunder.Wasps have won four of their opening five games this season, with Thunder experiencing a mixed start to the season, winning three of their first five.The attacking talent of Natalie Haythornthwaite is looking forward to taking on her old Thunder team, telling the official Vitality Superleague website: “They’re a great group of girls, I’m still in touch with them off the court but as soon as the whistle goes it’s game on and the only thing that matters is getting the win.”It’s always tough to leave a team, I had a great year at Thunder but when the opportunity arose to play for Wasps and work with Tamsin [Greenway], I just couldn’t turn it down.”I’ve loved it here at Wasps so far. We’ve still got so much more potential, we know we’re not playing at our best yet, and I can’t wait to see what our best is when we get there.”It will be a very well contested match but hopefully we’ll come out on top.”Seven Stars and Sirens is the final game of the week six fixtures, with both teams desperate for three points which would inch them away from the bottom two sides.last_img read more

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Meninga: This is a genuine trial for us

first_imgCoach Mal Meninga made it clear the Kangaroos team for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 is close to be finalised.“This is a genuine trial for us, for the players for the upcoming World Cup. We picked our strongest available side.”Meninga said all players in the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII are in calculation to make the Kangaroos.“Tomorrow is part of a really important process we have for the players to maintain their match fitness, and then obviously we’ll pick the Kangaroos side after the NRL grand final.“The guys I know are all keen and will play to the best of their ability on Saturday because they want to make the national side,” said Meninga.“We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”last_img

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The countdown begins to Parker vs Joshua

first_imgIn every possible way, the 26-year-old boxer from the south Auckland suburb of Mangere is ready to dance and defy the odds in a world heavyweight title unification bout with British superstar Anthony Joshua.As fit and fast as ever, mentally locked in and, perhaps most importantly, in a composed, confident and relaxed state of mind.In the words of Parker himself, no stone has been left unturned in pursuit of what bookmakers are suggesting would be a huge upset victory against a powerful and physically imposing opponent.There will be no excuses if the WBO world title holder is not able to overcome WBA and IBF champion and fellow undefeated fighter Joshua.And Parker is sure it certainly won’t be down to a lack of belief or being overcome by what is being treated as an event of some significance in the Welsh capital.A capacity crowd of almost 80,000 fight fans will pack into the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Those who have travelled from New Zealand will likely be hoping the presence of that many people will eleviate what has been a serious spring chill in the air.The locals here have already had a taste of the phenomenon that is Anthony Joshua after he won his last fight here in October against Carlos Takam, a man Parker himself defeated in 2016.If the more than 4000 who queued in rain and temperatures of five degrees to watch the public weigh-ins and chant the 2012 Olympic champion’s name on Friday are anything to go by, they can’t wait for another.Pubs in the area will be packed to the gunnels. Hotels and motels will be full to the brim. No less than 15 streets will be closed off to accommodate the hordes of people marching towards one of the world’s premier indoor sports venues.More than 300 accredited media will be there to transmit what transpires around the rest of the globe.Despite having no experience performing in an environment of such magnitude, Parker has insisted endlessly that the occasion will not overawe him.There is no guarantee, of course, it won’t.But every single indication during fight week suggests he, and every single member of his team who believe the same thing, will be right.Rather than retreat into his shell, Parker has thrived under an intense spotlight.At Tuesday’s heavily scrutinised pre-fight press conference at the Sky TV UK headquarters in London, an event beamed around the world and attended by around 150 media, he performed with aplomb.Looking slick, relaxed and primed for war, Parker had a message for Joshua and his enormous fan base.”I feel ready, I feel confident, I feel sharp. I’m taking those belts back to New Zealand. And Samoa”.The same subtle swagger followed at Wednesday night’s public workout session in Cardiff and at the weigh-in two days later.While most British boxing fans and media don’t believe he will be the one to stop the Joshua juggernaut, a decent portion have definitely come around to the idea it is possible.Some in the streets have started to suggest they wouldn’t necessarily be shocked if Parker walked away victorious. Several astute analysts are telling people, don’t write the Kiwi off.There is no doubt who the vast majority are picking to prevail.As he does everywhere he goes in Britain, here in Cardiff this week Joshua has attracted rock star levels of attention.A review of his resume makes it clear why. 20 professional fights, 20 wins, 20 knockouts. In a boxing sense, perfection.Add a story of redemption, from troubled teen to the holder of two world titles, and mix a dash of personable nature and charisma, and the pulling power becomes palpable.But none of that makes anyone unbeatable.Every fighter has flaws. In a match-up billed as a battle of Parker’s superior speed and movement and Joshua’s incredible power, the result is far from a foregone conclusion.It’s about execution, and execution on a huge stage.Within Team Parker they are adamant that rather than freeze, their man is ready to flourish.The stage is set for the pride of two countries from half a world away to produce the performance of his life.last_img read more

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K10,000 support for Tabubil Rugby Football League

first_imgGazebo Club President, Akolo Kotange, told the TRFL executives that Gazebo Club was proud to sponsor the local league as it promoted junior development and also kept youths off illegal activities.“Last year Gazebo club was behind Tabubil league this year we are committed to support rugby league in Tabubil,” said Kotange.“Rugby league is also one sport that brings social life back to our township and we are seeing families coming back to Tabubil and watch rugby league on the weekend.“We are happy league is creating an avenue for youths, families and employees to look forward to every weekend and Gazebo Club is happy to be associated with that,” said Kotange.“Gazebo Club is also looking forward to supporting other sporting codes in Tabubil like soccer, darts and snooker because majority of our club members are from nearby mine villages of Bultem, Finalbin, Wangbin, Migalsim and nearby town areas,” said the club president.TRFL vice president Israel Lingham thanked Gazebo Club for their continued support towards the league saying the club’s support is a massive boost to the league’s confidence in running the association and competition every season.He said the money will be used to purchase trophies and medallions for the finals as well as funding a return match which will feature Tabubil Diggers and Kiunga Catfish on September 15 in Tabubil.“The competition started last year after the dry weather with four clubs and this year, we have six clubs reflecting the interest and the standard of the game.“Gazebo Club sponsoring the league is encouraging the youths to come out and participate it’s a positive step the club has taken and the league’s executives are happy to be associated with that,” Lingham said.Lingham made mention of current Port Moresby Vipers Shane Haro and Gulf Isou’s Ricko Jimmy who came out of TRFL to  make their way up to play in the semi-professional competition, Digicel Cup.Lingham said because of sponsors like Gazebo Club, youths were able to realise their dreams and he encouraged youths to follow Haro and Jimmy’s example.The 2018 TRFL has six teams participating in the competition: Eagles, Brothers, Royals, Tarangau, Country and Tigers.The finals will be held in September.Meanwhile, results from Sunday’s rugby league match between Tabubil Diggers and Kiunga Catfish saw the home side run out winners over Diggers 22-8 in Kiunga.In the junior division Kiunga Catfish also proved too strong, defeating Tabubil Diggers 16-8.The second match will be played on the eve of Independence at Tabubil rugby league oval.(Gazebo Club President Akolo Kotange, right, presenting the K10,000 sponsorship cheque to TRFL Vice President Israel Lingham, witnessed by executives from the six clubs – Story and photo courtesy of Gazebo Club, Tabubil)last_img read more

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Football feast for Lae fans

first_imgIn the opening match, FC Morobe Wawens will play host to vastly improved Laiwaden FC followed by one of the form team in the competition, Morobe United FC, taking on Snax Lahi FC.Morobe United after last weekend’s nil-all draw against Toti City FC, sees them entering the match posing a credible threat to the table leaders.Morobe Wawens, following their loss against Besta last weekend are looking to tame the visitors at home and bring back some confidence to their fans while Laiwaden coach Bob Morris, after a draw last weekend, will be looking to polish his troops to take them through.The third match should be an interesting one between the youngsters from PNGFA Academy and Markham FC. With the win last weekend against FC Morobe Wawens, Besta are looking to keep that momentum alive and secure another win to move up the table to third placing.The main game at 3pm promises to be a thriller when defending champion Toti City FC take on the youngsters, Tusbab Stallions FC. It will be a different story when the reigning champions face-off with Stallions in front of a patriotic Morobe crowd.Toti City coach Peter Gunemba will be counting on his son Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba to lead the charge. As for Stallions’ chances, it will depend on how skipper Max Sengum leads a determined team with the assistance of Ricky Wadunah, Roland Conn and Barthy Kerobin, who must win this game.(Filepic: PNG Football Association)last_img read more

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