Yesterday’s elimination finals for the men’s and women’s at the Murray Barracks oval had incidents of supporters verbally abusing and threatening match officials and players.POMRFL Operations Manager, Meke Maino said the board will meet this week to decide on what can be done to control crowd behaviour.“If it comes to this, we will ban the supporters from coming to the finals this week and next week and from ever coming to POMRFL games.“The sad thing is that it’s the clubs who will also be fined if there is any damage to property or officials or players are assaulted by their supporters.“While the incidents did not disrupt the games yesterday, it still paints a bad picture of the POMRFL,” said Maino.He commended the work of the PNG Defence Force soldiers who have done a good job so far in keeping the peace and making sure the oval is kept clean.“We had 8 soldiers on duty yesterday, we would love to have more on duty at games but our budget doesn’t allow for it. People just need to learn how to respect each other,” said Maino.
“We could not have done it without the support of all our partners, members and families. Our work involves working with different people and we’d like to thank all those who participated in our programs and campaigns throughout the year,” said Rapilla.“I hope that we have inspired Papua New Guineans through the positive messages of our programs and the achievements of our own Team PNG athletes.”Rapilla said 2017 will be another big year for PNGOC with three international events in its sporting calendar. These are the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas, from July 19 to 23, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from September 15 to 24, and the Pacific Mini Games, which will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from December 4 – 17.“PNGOC wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas and a successful New Year and looks forward to working with all the partners and stakeholders for another interesting and exciting sporting year,” said Rapilla.
President of the Surfing Association of PNG (SAPNG), Andrew Abel said the eight-day event will be the litmus test for SAPNG.“We have the toilets and showers going in, we have the judging towers already up, the grandstand, the main stage and the media stage are currently under construction.“By the end of the month, we should have the SAPNG containers on the ground plus the catering containers supplied by IPI Catering to provide 4, 000 meals for the duration of the event.“It’s quite a significant undertaking between SAPNG and the World Surfing League. This is really the catalyst for us to stage this annual event that will go around PNG every year after this,” said Abel.
This was at the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017.Ruma’s knock, which included five 4s and two 6s, ensured the Lewas reached triple figures. She was assisted along the way by Sibona Jimmy (27) and Pauke Siaka (14).The Lewas batted out the 20 overs to finish at 3/138.Japan proved no match in their run chase as the Lewas destroyed their batting attack, with four batters all going for ducks.The Lewas will play Samoa tomorrow.Vicky Araa was the chief destroyer, taking 3/9 to see Japan all bowled out for 60.(A half century from Tanya Ruma [69 off 61 balls] powered the PNG Lewas – Photo credit: International Cricket Council)
Kamapim Kakana is the brand name of the Emerging Talent Scholarship program initiated and delivered by the HP Sport PNG Talent Pathways team, which identifies talented and committed secondary and tertiary student athletes.The program was rolled out in late 2016 and involved up to 10 secondary schools, 1,000 students and five partner NGO’s with a focus on Talent Identification & Development (TID) and the holistic development of the next generation of future PNG national athletes.The 25 student athletes that were recognised on Saturday each received an Emerging Talent Scholarship (ETS) from HP Sport PNG after outperforming a total of 600 others in a trying yet satisfying 8-month trial that began in late 2016.Glenda, parent of recipient Faustina Nalei, was appreciative of the program.Both mother and daughter had to travel all the way over from Goldie Barracks where their father is serving as an officer in the PNG Defence Force to attend the event at the Sir John Guise Sport precinct.“I didn’t know much about this program but after attending today’s presentation, I am very thankful for what you guys are doing for my daughter and all her other friends in this wonderful program,” said Glenda.Faustina, a student at Marianville Secondary School, impressed enough with her athletic ability to make the initial cut and backed it up with commitment and dedication over the trial period.“It was hard but I enjoyed it because I really like playing sport.“So for me it wasn’t that hard.“I really wanted to do it and it was kind of easy for me because I also play sport actively as well,” said Faustina.HP Sport PNG team members, Kieran Scibberas and Jackie Travertz, also took time to acknowledge the various partners, parents, staff, PE teachers, schools principals and the Department of Education in driving the program forward.
The Hekari United Football Club is preparing to enter the National Soccer League scene after two years of being left out in the cold.They were known as the most disciplined and driven club in PNG football. Unfortunately, the Hekari United Football Club, and especially its talented players, suffered during the two years of impasse with the PNG Football Association.Following the eventual union of the two football factions, Hekari, in its bid to outclass rivals, has recalled its head coach, Jerry Allen, who flew in from the Solomon Islands today.Accompanying Allen was his brother Sam, who will be in charge of the Hekari Football Academy.Hekari manager Vonnie Kapi Natto said it was a great relief to return to the football arena.“I always regarded our removal last two years as ‘cheating’ our success,” she stated. “And I’m thankful football came back together to be one and honestly, I’m the manager since day one of this club and I have a different drive, especially when we were removed from PNG football.“With Hekari’s success, to me it was an insult after we worked so hard and they removed us on something I felt, wasn’t fair.“But anyway football is like that and I’m so thankful football came together.”With the brothers’ passion and drive in the Solomon Islands, Kapi Natto has confidence in their abilities in building PNG players.“It will be a great blessing for PNG in having both of them here, the knowledge and understanding they have for football.”(Hekari manager Vonnie Kapi Natto)
This was after the Isou scored a controversial try in the final 30 seconds of the match to win a match marred by several contentious calls by the referee.The Isou match winner was scored by centre Mena Minne, but replays show that he in fact knocked the ball on.Vipers players argued with the referee but the referee stuck to his decision, resulting in players verbally expressing their frustration in which the referee placed them all on report.The first half was riddled with mistakes as both teams were unable to build any consistency throughout.But it was the Vipers who would draw first blood through in form Kitron Laka.Seven minutes later the Isou gifted the Vipers two easy point to extend their lead to 8 – 0.The Isou showed resilience and after forcing a line drop out in the Vipers tryline, Mena Minnie would run off an inside pass from Rex Apeo to score his first under the posts.That was just the spark the Isou needed as they forced another line drop before Josh Ericho scored for the Isous’ second try for a 12 – 8 lead going into halftime.Nine minutes into the second half, the Isou took a two-point penalty kick after a Vipers infringement in scrum.This followed a controversial call by the match referee not to penalize the Isou Mena Minne who clearly infringed in a Vipers play the ball on the Vipers’ try line.Ten minutes later, Vipers Yomba Peter does a show and go and takes on three defenders to dive over the Isou posts to level the scores at 14 all.Tempers flared between teams as the match referee made a number of controversial decisions.In the 68th minute, Larson Marabe was sent to the bin for disrespecting the referee.The match remained a deadlock until the 79th minute when Mena Minne scored the controversial try.The awarded try was converted for a final score of 20 – 14.
Coach Michael Marum said the team is focusing on one game at a time, and are equally tough.They were hard at training on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for their first of the final five matches they have left in the 2019 ISC season.Coach Marum said they are taking one game at time, with the aim to finish the season on a high.“We got five games left; two home games and five away games. It’s a big ask for the boys, but the remaining games are tough against the top sides.”Junior Rau and Adex Wera have been named in the first 13 against the Townsville Blackhawks in Australia; Marum said Rau takes over from the young Roy Ellison who spotted a knee injury during the Round 18 Country Week match against the East Tigers.“Nicky Hasu has been kept at Hooker. I though he played well in the number 9 jersey. Sailas Gahuna is on the interchange bench.”Bland Abavu returns to camp to run the backline, and has been named on the extended bench.“I’m feeling positive with my return, and to be running with the boys again,” Abavu stated.While Coach Marum mentioned there will be more additions to the team, Willie Minoga who was in England running with the Barrow Raiders in the Betfred Cup is back home, and was called in by Coach Marum to run with the team as well.Minoga said his 2016 knee ligament injury had resulted in the Raiders having to let him go.
A brace from Gonzalo Higuain gave Juventus a 2-0 win at home to Chievo on Saturday and moved them closer to a sixth consecutive Serie A title as they forged nine points clear of their closest pursuers.Juve extended their run to 32 successive home league wins and left second-placed AS Roma needing to win away at Bologna on Sunday just to keep the gap down to six points.Higuain opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after fellow Argentine Paulo Dybala burst down the right and pulled the ball back into the area.Dybala was in inspired form and nearly added the second after a one-two with Sami Khedira but shot wide. He then set up another chance for Higuain who missed the target from 12 metres.Dybala was also involved in the second goal six minutes from time when he found Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right and the Swiss full back’s cross was turned in by Higuain for his 21st league goal of the season.Juve, who host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, now have 77 points from 31 games with Roma on 68.Atalanta ensured that they will finish the weekend in the Europa League places after a 1-1 draw at home to Sassuolo.Sassuolo went ahead nine minutes before halftime when Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara was caught in possession and Lorenzo Pellegrini ran on to score.The hosts took until the 73rd minute to equalise when Bryan Cristante headed in Alejandro Gomez’s free kick.Summaries from the Serie A matches on SundaySunday, April 9Crotone 2 Diego Falcinelli 18pen,22Inter Milan 1 Danilo D’Ambrosio 65Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 6,500– – –Bologna 0AS Roma 3 Federico Fazio 25, Mohamed Salah 41, Edin Dzeko 75Halftime: 0-2;Attendance: 21,000– – –AC Milan 4 Suso 6, Mario Pasalic 19, Carlos Bacca 37, Gerard Deulofeu 70Palermo 0Red Card: Giancarlo Gonzalez 83Halftime: 3-0;Attendance: 40,000– – –Udinese 3 Rodrigo De Paul 20, Duvan Zapata 31, Rubinho 49ogGenoa 0Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 17,000– – –Cagliari 2 Marco Borriello 19pen, Han Kwang-Song 90+5Torino 3 Adem Ljajic 33, Andrea Belotti 39, Afriyie Acquah 54Red Card: Afriyie Acquah 90+1Halftime: 1-2;Attendance: 14,000– – –Sampdoria 2 Bruno Fernandes 5, Ricky Alvarez 71Fiorentina 2 Gonzalo Rodriguez 60, Khouma Babacar 89Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 20,000– – –Saturday, April 8Juventus 2 Gonzalo Higuain 23,84Chievo Verona 0Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 39,477– – –Atalanta Bergamo 1 Bryan Cristante 73Sassuolo 1 Lorenzo Pellegrini 36Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 18,119– – –Empoli 1 Omar El Kaddouri 9Pescara 1 Gianluca Caprari 31Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 7,711
Juventus became the first team to win Serie A six times in a row when they beat Crotone 3-0 on Sunday to clinch the title with one game to spare.Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro shared the goals as the Turin side also won a league and cup double for the third time in a row and stayed on course for a treble.The win over their relegation-threatened opponents, put Juventus four points clear of AS Roma who won 5-3 at Chievo on Saturday.Juventus, who are Italy’s most successful side in domestic terms with 33 league titles, will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 when they will attempt to complete the treble.Crotone had won five and drawn two of their last seven games but were only able to resist for 12 minutes until Mandzukic got in front of his marker to turn in Juan Cuadrado’s low cross at the far post.Dybala curled in a stunning 25-metre free kick six minutes before halftime and Alex Sandro completed the scoring in the 83rd minute with a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and crossed the goal line by centimetres.Atalanta clinched fifth place and a spot in the Europa League group stage by winning 1-0 at Empoli and AC Milan made sure of sixth place, and a place in the Europa League qualifiers, by beating Bologna 3-0.