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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

Kumuls Named for Wales Clash

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach, Michael Marum has named his team for this weekend’s world cup clash against Wales.


James Segeyaro has been named in the extended 20 member bench along with Paul Aiton in the Lock position.


Ase Boas has also been named in the starting line-up, but will go through final medical tests on Thursday to see if he’s able to play this weekend.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Davis MEAD (Captain)

2. Justin OLAM

3. Kato OTIO

4. Nene McDonald

5. Garry LO

6. Ase BOAS

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhys MARTIN


13. Paul AITON


15. Willie MINOGA

16. James SEGEYARO

17. Enock MAKI

18. Lachlan LAM

19. Stargroth AMEAN

20. Wellington ALBERT

(Three to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM


Coach Marum will confirm the starting 17 on Thursday. The PNG LNG Kumuls Captain’s Run will be held at 11am on Friday at the National Football Stadium.

PNG’s Time To Shine


Source: Post-Courier


The time to shine for Pepsi PNG Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Teams is now, according to Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) Chief Executive.


Officer and men’s head coach Joel Khalu.


Papua New Guinea is one of four competing countries in the 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, which is being held this week at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre.


Games commence at 1pm today and Khalu said PNG teams are ready for the challenge.


“We have so many things in our favour for this tournament,” Khalu said.


“Firstly, we’re playing at home, on our home court in front of our family, friends and fans. If we can replicate a similar atmosphere to that of the 2015 Pacific Games, that’s going to be a huge advantage.”


“Secondly, our preparation has been terrific. Our athletes are in good shape and that’s thanks to the hard work that the High-Performance strength and conditioning team have put in with them over the last 10-weeks.”


“Finally, it’s probably the most contact training time that coaches have had with national teams leading into an international event, so a lot more has been achieved on-court.”


The Pepsi PNG Women’s National Team open their tournament against Fiji at 3pm today (Sept 27), while the Pepsi PNG Men’s National Team take on the Solomon Islands tonight at 7pm.

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