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Pukpuks off to Sydney Sevens

By: Troy Taule

The PNG Pukpuks are off to Australia for the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

Speaking before their departure today, coach, Dougie Guise said the team has been in training over the last 18 months.

“Preparations have been really good especially in the last couple of weeks with the inclusion of the boys from the outside provinces.

“We’ve picked up a bit of momentum and all looking forward to the challenge over the next couple of weekends.

He said the team for the Sydney Sevens will be captained by Henry Kalua.

There are 16 countries that will taking part in the tournament. The Pukpuks are in Pool C with South Africa, England and Spain.

Guise ended by thanking sponsors including Air Niugini, Total Waste Management and Melanesian Trustee Services Limited.

The men’s tournament will run from January 26-28.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens will be played live on TVWAN.



All-female school team leaves for US

Source: Loop PNG


An all-female soccer team from three secondary schools in NCD will be sent off on a Sports Visitor Program in the United States.


This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program in Basketball, in 2015, and initiated by the US Embassy Port Moresby.


The program directly supports Embassy Port Moresby’s mission priorities of empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).


“The program offers valuable opportunities to promote women’s empowerment and launches a high-level campaign against gender-based violence,” said public affairs officer, Beverly Thacker.


 Thacker said the program will also help to elevate women’s soccer through the participation of secondary school female students, and will further highlight the potential of sports to combat gender-based violence through the year-long Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) campaign and SportsUnited’s sports diplomacy programming in the United States.

This program is one part of the United States’ commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.


The all-female group comprises nine participants selected from Port Moresby National High, Marianville and Caritas secondary schools.


They are:Ginate Mahuru, Joni Babona, Stella Kaugam, Samantha Yuwom, Kuria Gibilen, Carolyn Ruddaka, Manuella Avel, Deborah Tambiol, and Fidelma Miki. They will be accompanied by chaperone Ms. Concepta Wut, a physical education teacher at Marianville Secondary School.


The team departs Port Moresby today (December 10) for the 10-day Sports Visitor Program in Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Florida, to participate in workshops on nutrition, gender equity in sport, sport and disability and team-building.

Author: Imelda Wavik

PNG RFL Praise Kumuls Performances

Despite A Successful Campaign In The 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls Arrived Into The Country Yesterday On A Quite Mode.



Source: Post-Courier

Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.

PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.

The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

Tsaka said PNG’s ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNG’S new ranking in the world.

“This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year,” he added.

Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the team’s performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.

Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.

However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.

“It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup,” he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.

For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.

The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific test by mid June next year.

Mead: I’ve learned to accept it and move on

Captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls, David Mead says he was disappointed on how the World Cup ended for him.

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNG’s 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.


“It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.


“As a player, you don’t ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.


“It would have been good to finish, but it wasn’t to be.


“I’ve learned to accept it and move on.


On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sunday’s loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.


“The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.”


The 29 year old finished by saying he still wants to play on until the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.


“I still feel pretty young. Hopefully I’m still playing well by then.”

 Author: Troy Taule

PM hails Kumuls



Our boys did not get a win, but they will return home with the respect of our nation and rugby league fans around the world.


“It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.


“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”


The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.


“They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.


“Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.


“I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.


“We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea.”


The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Source: Loop PNG

Hunters Clip Falcons To Win Grand Final

Troy Taule

The SP Hunters made history this afternoon-beating the Sunshine Coast Falcons 12-10 in the Intrust Super Grand final at Suncorp Stadium, Australia.

The win was sealed two minutes out from full time with a try from Willie Minoga off an Ase Boas grubber.

The Hunters found themselves behind on the scoreboard after only two minutes when some second man play from the Falcons on the halfway line created space out wide for Matthew Soper-Lawler to race away and score.

The Falcons were in again four minutes later after a short ball from Ryley Jacks send a charging Joe Stimson over the line.

Stimson then added the extras to extend the Falcons lead.

Ball security was the problem for the Hunters and several visits inside their opponent’s half proved fruitless.

But the Hunters muscled up in defence determined not to leak any more points.

This ensured the score was left at 10-0 at the break.

The second half for the Falcons got off to the worst possible start after a knock on from the kick off.

And the Hunters made them pay dearly when Watson Boas was awarded a try by the video referee.

With a successful conversion from brother Ase, the game was right back in the balance.

More dropped balls close to the line from the Hunters denied them opportunities to push to the front.

This took the pressure right off the Falcons, and with the clock winding down, it was going to take something special to produce points.

With just minutes remaining, a penalty in their own half was all the Hunters needed.

40 metres out and with a full set of six, the Hunters were within striking range.

It came in the 78th minute off the boot of the captain and five-eighth, Ase who stabbed a kick in behind the try line for a flying Minoga to slam the ball down.

After being reviewed upstairs, the try was awarded and the score was locked up at 10-10.

It was the most important kick of his career. Cool as a cucumber, Ase slotted the winner through the posts with ease, to become the first team outside of Australia to win the Queensland Rugby League competition.

The win came with tears for both sides.

For the Hunters, it was tears of joy for the 8 million people of PNG that they vowed to win the grand final for.

NRL must expand comp to include Hunters, says Johns

Source: The National

RUGBY league personality  Matthew Johns says the NRL is going down the wrong path in terms of expansion and the Papua New Guinea Hunters must be the next team to join the competition.

Cities like Perth and Adelaide are frequently touted as possible locations as part of a strategic plan to grow the sport and plans for a second team in Brisbane has been on the agenda for a decade.
But Johns says the game’s administrators are guilty of tunnel vision in their pursuit of growth and should be targeting the Hunters as the next team to join the NRL.

The Hunters have been an instant success since their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup in 2014 and are one win away from being crowned this year’s premiers.
Johns believes the inclusion of the PNG side will revolutionise the NRL like the West Indies did for cricket in the 1980s.


“I urge the game to think out of the square, go away from their traditional thinking. We look at the game too narrowly and we look at the Australian continent … we keep talking that ‘we want Perth, we want Perth’ and I get that,” Johns said on Triple M’s The Grill Team.
“(But) The Pacific Islands, that’s where the growth is.

“We’ve got a situation this weekend in the Queensland Cup, the Sunshine Coast are playing against the PNG Hunters.
“It is the most underestimated story in rugby league that the PNG Hunters are in the Queensland Cup grand final, the second best competition in rugby league outside of the NRL … I put it on par with the English Super League, it is that strong of a competition.

“Last weekend in Port Moresby to get into the game [preliminary final] they were lining up for 24 hours to watch the game.

“What are we doing? When’s our plan to bring them in?

“They could be the West Indies. The West Indies revolutionised cricket in the 80s and they could do the same thing for rugby league”.

Johns played as five-eighth for the Newcastle Knights, playing outside his younger brother Andrew Johns at halfback for nine seasons.

Johns was part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and went on to play eight matches for his country.



He also played four State of Origin series matches for New South Wales.



Another highlight of his career with the Knights was the 1997 ARL grand final win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

Johns was of the Australian team at the 1999 Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against New Zealand he scored a try in the Kangaroos’ 22-20 victory.– Daily Telegraph

PNG and Solomon up for ‘Battle of the Wantok’

Loop PNG

Charles Kadamana

August 25, 2017 10.08am

Papua New Guinea Basketball reigning club champion KSS Southern Flames is promising to give a strong competition for all to enjoy when they meet Solomon Island National Men’s team next week.

Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actions

Described as “Battle of the Wantok” both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.

KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Men’s Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the men’s national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.

Led by well-known sports promoter and owner of Hekari Soccer Club in PNG, John Kappi-Natto and his wife Vonnie, the KSS Southern Flames are basketball’s equivalent of Capturethe top soccer and rugby clubs managed by the couple in PNG. Since joining the PMBL, the semi-pro league in PNG in 2014, KSS Southern Flames have dominated the


competition, and are now looking to go a further fourth year running as champions.
Vonnie Natto, who is also the GM to the visiting KSS Southern Flames team, explained in a recent visit to Honiara that they are looking forward to the trip.

She thanked SIBF for the invitation and promised to make sure a good strong competition is set-up for all to enjoy.

“We are looking forward to giving Solomon Islands a good game as part of their preparation for the FIBA Melanesia Cup 2017,” Vonnie explained in an email.

“It will be a best of three matches and whoever wins two games will take the trophy donated by our group as part of our support towards Solomon Islands”.

According to reports, this will be the second time the same basketball club visits Honiara. The last visit included a women’s team and it was during the basketball glory days of the mid-1990s’ when John and Vonnie brought over their maiden Souths Basketball teams. The couple continues to support sports in both countries.

KSS Sothern Flames will arrive in Honiara on Tuesday 29 August, and will commence their quest in the “battle of the wantoks” on Wednesday at the Multipurpose Hall against the Solomon Islands Men’s national basketball squad starting at 5pm. They return to PNG on Saturday 2 September 2017.

PM Welcomes AFL’s Growing Popularity

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister says the growing popularity of AFL in Papua New Guinea is positive and provides another outlet for the nation’s youth to be healthier and participate in team sports.



He issued the statement following the PNG Mosquitoes’ victory in Melbourne this weekend, making them back-to-back champions.



“I welcome the growing popularity of Aussie Rules in Papua New Guinea,” says PM Peter O’Neill.



“It is a unique game in the world of sports and is another way that Papua New Guineans and Australians can form stronger bonds.



“There is plenty of room for the different codes of football to expand in Papua New Guinea.



“Our people will always have a great passion for rugby league, but we are a sports-loving nation and we will watch sports of all codes.”



The PM pointed out how popular soccer has become with the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup, including rugby union’s growing supporter base.



“The Government will continue to encourage and develop grassroots sports around the country, as well as supporting the development of high performance athletes,” states O’Neill.



“We have some great athletes in our country who compete on the world stage.



“I congratulate all players, coaches, and staff for their hard work to win the AFL International Cup and bring the trophy back to Papua New Guinea.



“Perhaps some of our young PNG Mozzies were spotted by talent scouts and they might have the opportunity to wear the jumper of an AFL team one day.”


Minor title in sight



THE PNG Hunters play perhaps their most important game of the regular season on Sunday against ninth-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the National Football Stadium.
The prize: the 2017 Intrust Super Cup minor premiership.

If Michael Marum’s men win they secure the top spot heading into the finals and their first minor title since joining the competition in 2014.

Marum has advised his troops to remain calm and focused on the task at hand.
“This is an important game for us. We know that we have to win this,” Marum said.
The other draw will be the rugby league fan’s first chance to see Kumuls captain David Mead live in action against the Hunters for the first time.

Marum said he was aware the Seagulls, while out of finals contention were bringing up a strong outfit and if his side were not switched on they could be embarrassed in front of their home fans – something his charges want to avoid at all costs.
The sides are meeting for the first time this season but importantly the visitors have yet to beat the Hunters on home soil.

The Hunters have lost twice (Norths in round 4 and Tweed Heads in round 15) and drawn one (Mackay in round 20) at home already but with so much at stake Marum said the occasion would spur his men on.

“It is also going to be our last home game of the regular round and we know that there will be a lot of people coming to support us,” Marum said.
The Hunters proved in their 24-16 win over the Blackhawks last round that they have the championship-winning defence, they just have to maintain that good form at home.

Through their video sessions this week, Marum and his men had seen the style of football Wynnum play and with a host of quality players any effort less than 100 per cent will not be enough.

“We haven’t played them this year and we can’t write them off because there are on the ninth spot. We will have to be at our best again,” Marum said.
The 43-year old has instructed his men to back up their solid defence displayed last week if they are to finish victorious.

“We want to repeat the same defensive effort from last week.”
Aside from Mead, experienced former North Queensland Cowboys five-eighth Travis Burns, hard-running winger Peter Gubb, captain Mitch frei and Salesi Funaki in the back-row and five-eighth Shaun Nona will provide the Hunters with a stern test.

“They’re coming up with some experienced players including David (Mead) so we have to handle that challenge and get the win.”

The day’s other fixtures will see the Motu Koita Rugby League Origin sides, Central Origin and NCD Origin face off at 12.50pm followed by the Digicel Cup round 14 match between the Port Moresby Vipers and Waghi Tumbe which is after the Hunters-Seagulls 3pm game.

Hunters: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2. Bland Abavu, 3. Israel Eliab, 4. Willie Minoga, 5. Butler Morris, 6. Ase Boas (C), 7. Watson Boas, 8. Wellington Albert (VC), 9. Wartovo Puara Jr, 14 Enoch Maki, 11. David Loko, 12. Nixon Put, 13. Stanton Albert; Reserves: 20. Wawa Paul, 15. Rhadley Brawa, 16. Moses Meninga, 17. Karo Kauna Jr, 18. Esau Siune, 19. Brandy Peter, 20. Adex Wera

Rd 24 fixtures: Sat, Aug 19 – Jets v Cutters; Sun, Aug 20 – TH Seagulls v Pride, Magpies v Capras, Hunters v WM Seagulls. Bye: Blackhawks, Falcons, Dolphins, Bears, Tigers, Devils.

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