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We’ll Pick The Best: Marum

August 17, 2017

The National Sports

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PAPUA New Guinea Kumuls coach Michael Marum says he will consider all top level rugby league players in the Australian National Rugby League, the English Super League and the Q-Cup for spots in his World Cup squad.

With Port Moresby to host three World Cup matches for the first time against Wales (Oct 28), Ireland (Nov 5) and USA (Nov 12), several high profile players have already declared their availability for PNG.

Marum said he had no problem having NRL experienced players such as Cronulla Sharks hooker Segeyaro and Souths Sydney Rabbitohs back Alex Johnston in the Kumuls after the pair came out in the Australian media this month offering to play for PNG.
North Queensland Cowboys hooker/half Ray Thompson, who is set to retire at the end of the year has also put his hand up for a World Cup spot.

“Segeyaro and Johnston are both NRL experienced players. There are both playing in a level higher than the Hunters players and we all know that getting to that level is not easy,” Marum said.

“If there are both available for selection, their inclusion would boost our performance at the World Cup.
“Playing at home doesn’t mean that we will have it easy against Wales, Ireland and the USA because they will bring quality sides with some NRL talent.

“So whoever is fit and available and is playing well at the top level competitions, we will consider them, because we want the best for the country,” Marum said.
Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Kato Ottio (Canberra Raiders) are expected to be considered if fit and healthy.

Rod Griffin and Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs) who played for PNG in the Pacific test against the Cook Islands earlier this year are also in the running.
Marum said the selectors would also consider players Europe with England-based Mark Mexico, Garry Lo, Jason Tali, Paul Aiton and Jessie Joe Nandye to come under consideration.

Other players in the Q-Cup outside of the Hunters are the Pandia brothers Richard and Sebastian (Ipswich Jets) who have already represented PNG, incumbent Kumuls prop Luke Page (Burleigh Bears), Tommy Butterfield (Easts Tigers).

The latest player to be eligible to play for PNG is Cowboys squad member and Townsville Blackhawks five-eighth Kyle Laybutt.

Kumul selectors have already begun their task monitoring players to finalise a train-on squad that will be used for selection.
“With 73 days to go before the World Cup we are on track with our preparations making sure all the small things are sorted out for the World Cup, the PM’s 13 and the Tri-Series in Fiji,” Marum added

Meanwhile Marum said the PM’s 13 team for this year in Sept 23 might draw in players from the Digicel Cup to take up spots due to the Hunters focus on the Q-Cup finals.



Orchids unveiled

August 16, 2017

The National Sports

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THE Papua New Guinea women’s rugby league team now have a name, the Orchids, which was officially announced yesterday in Port Moresby.
The event saw the PNG Rugby Football League release its 30-member squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which will be staged in Sydney in November.
The women’s national team logo was unveiled while the naming rights sponsor, Oil Search, was formally announced.

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the process that was undertaken by the league to find a new name and brand for the women’s national team was a testament to the importance the league had placed on the women’s game.

He said the name Orchids was reflective of the country’s unique flora and fauna.
Tsaka said he was proud because it was an important first step PNG women’s rugby league was taking and they could now consider themselves a member of the international rugby league community.

Although the PNG women’s team have yet to play a match, they will get that opportunity before the World Cup when the Jillaroos, Australia’s national women’s team, travel up with their Prime Minister’s 13 for the annual fixture at the end of the month.
“The national women’s rugby league has not had a formal name and in fact have yet to play an international match,” Tsaka said.

“The name of the national team was approved by the PNGRFL board in March this year.
“The board decided to find a named that was indigenous to PNG and reflected on the national diversity,” Tsaka said

The PNG Orchids 30-member squad will now going into training for the Prime Minister’s 13 curtain raiser  on Sept 23 and then the Women’s World Cup (Nov 16-Dec 2).
2017 Rugby League World Cup chief executive Andrew Hill confirmed that the Jillaroos would play the Orchids as the curtain raiser to the PMs’ 13 fixture at the National Football Stadium.

Orchids naming rights sponsor Oil Search Limited was represented by managing director Peter Botten who said his company which has its roots in the country was proud of being associated with the country’s number one sport as well as being part of the women’s game.
“We are proud to sponsor PNG’s national sport through direct sponsorship and also through the National Football Stadium,” Botten said.

Representing the Papua New Guinea womenfolk during the event Mrs Lynda Babao-O’Neill, wife of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officially unveiled the PNG Orchids logo.
She congratulated the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League for their efforts in developing and promoting the women’s game.

PNG Orchids squad: Barbar Selsel, Carol Humeu, Cathy Neap, Elvina Aaron, Freda Waula, Grace Mark, Jenifer Michael, Joan Kuman, Maima Wae, Margaret Papo, Martha Karl, Naomi Kaupa, Shirley Joe, Akosita Baru, Anna Oiufa, Brenda Goro, Christy Roulage, Della Audama, Elava Turpa, Gloria Kaupa, Helen Abau, Jacobeth Ware, Shirley Jerry, Vero Waula; Shadow players: Anas Lingiliket, Atua Arek, Barbra Andrew, Fay Sogavo, Mala Mark, Melisa James. Coach: Dennis Miall.



Samoa to Bid for 2019 Pacific Games; Fiji also Intends to Bid

*** Samoa Puts Hands Up to 2019 Pacific Games ***


“We’re happy to host and we have the ability to do so,” are the words of the President of the Samoa Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.), Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

His sentiments were reported by the Samoa Observer, following Tonga’s withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games.

He also acknowledged there are other countries in the region who are just as capable.

Fiji, for one has made their intentions known, stating that they have some of the best facilities in the region.

Though Tonga’s decision to withdraw was fairly recent, and like the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASNOC), Samoa’s Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee is yet to consult the government before they can bid to host.


EMTV News Online Dinnierose Raiko May 23, 2017 

Papua New Guinea to Help Tonga to Host the 2019 Pacific Games

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has assured The Kingdom of Tonga of Papua New Guinea’s ongoing support as it prepares to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

At a meeting with Her Royal Highness, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tukuάh, who is also Tonga’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister also raised the prospect of increased labor mobility between the two countries, and increasing investment opportunities.

“Papua New Guinea is committed to help Tonga with infrastructure and knowledge support for their hosting of the 2019 Pacific Games,” the Prime Minister said.

“We are all mindful that we are facing challenging economic circumstances around the region, so our support to Tonga will be guided by current economic conditions, and it will be carefully targeted.

“We are committed to helping Tonga ensure that the 2019 Pacific Games will be a great success.”

The Prime Minster said Papua New Guinean investment and business with Tonga continues to increase and this creates jobs in both countries.

“We have already seen the opening of a branch of the Bank South Pacific Office in Tonga.

“In addition to this, there has been growing Papua New Guinean investment around the Pacific, in countries that include Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and we would like to see this investment expand to Tonga.

“An important part of expanding business connections is increasing air services, and around the Pacific, through code sharing agreements with local airlines, we are opening up flights between our countries.

Finally, the Prime Minister said labour mobility is an important issue for Pacific island nations that must be advanced.

“Pacific Islands’ Forum member countries would like to see skilled workers from member countries working around the region.

“We would like to see more people from Tonga come to Papua New Guinea, to share their skills and knowledge with out people, and strengthen our cultural interaction.

“I will continue to advance labour mobility issues with our partners and through regional forums including APEC and the Pacific Islands’ Forum.”

Prime Minister’s Office PNG March 30, 2017 8.16 pm

PM O’Neill Welcomes International Surfers to Papua New Guinea – Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships on March 18-25

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said he is pleased that the global surfing community is learning about Papua New Guinea as a destination for surfing tourism.

PM O’Neill made the comments as competitors from around the world prepare to travel to Papua New Guinea for the Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships at Tupira on 18 to 25 March this year.

“Papua New Guinea is looking forward to hosting the World Surf League Longboard Championship in Tupira near Madang,” the Prime Minister said.

“I am glad that people around the world are discovering that Papua New Guinea is a great surfing destination, with challenging waves in pristine waters on beautiful beaches.

“I hope all competitors and spectators have an enjoyable time at the first international surfing event ever held in Papua New Guinea.


“On behalf of the Government, I further congratulate the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea for their efforts in promoting surfing in the nation and bringing this competition to our country.

“The Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships will be an outstanding event and showcase outstanding male and female competitors, and invite surfers from around the world to visit Papua New Guinea.

“I urge members of the public to be in Tupira for the event, or to find out more through the media, so they can gain a better insight into the sport of surfing.

“Surfing is a very health activity for young and old, men and women, and we would like to see more people take up this sport.”

PNC People’s National Congress February 27, 2017



Referees demand action

The National

THE Papua New Guinea Rugby League Referees Association has lodged a formal complaint with the PNGNRL protesting the possible re-entry of the Hagen Eagles to the Digicel Cup 2017 season which starts in April.

Referees director Joe Peregua said after last year’s preliminary final assault on referee Aaron Henry by Eagles trainer Stanley Akinu, as well as attacks on Benjamin Kaupa and Paul Wani, the association would boycott the season if plans to readmit the Eagles were followed through despite an initial three-year ban imposed on the club.


In a letter to PNGNRL chairman Sudhir Guru and his board, the referees association gave the body until today to respond to their log of claims which listed four instances of abuse perpetrated on referees last season that had not been resolved and their initial demand for stern action to be taken against the Eagles.

Peregua, pictured, said 11 senior Port Moresby-based had signed the petition which was also delivered to the PNGNRL board, PNGRFL chief executive officer Reatau Rau and Southern Confederate director Gwaibo Mairi.

Peregua said if the PNGNRL failed to address their demands after their scheduled board meeting on Sunday, the senior referees would not referee any cup games in 2017.

“The PNGNRL has not done enough to protect referees from attacks, violence and intimidation for a long time,” Peregua said.

“We continue to be attacked, assaulted, beaten and threatened year-in, year-out without any change whatsoever.

“The PNGNRL has failed us terribly and now, after last year’s incident during the Digicel Cup preliminary final, the club that attacked one of our referees will be allowed to come back in 2017.

“It is unacceptable and we will not tolerate that.

“We will not referee any games unless the Hagen Eagles are removed. They were banned for three years and they should serve that time.

Peregua said his association had taken offence after an independent judiciary had cleared the Eagles of the charges and lifted the ban, as well as the fine imposed on the club.

He said although the appeal process had been conducted by an independent body, the outcome had been disappointing.

“The PNGNRL needs to look at the decision by the independent judiciary.

“We understand the original decision was over-turned on appeal because of inconsistencies in the charges but the decision is a bad one for the sport.

He said the referees had been victimised yet again by the decision and it proved that no one was serious about addressing violence in the sport.

“If the Eagles are allowed to come back without being punished, it will paint a bad image for the sport and send the message that attacking referees and being violent is not a serious matter.

“We have therefore resolved to make a stand against the abuses we have suffered last season because we feel the matter has not been handled properly by the PNGNRL judicial system.”