Pacific Games

Security operations begin

In a joint parade, Police, Defense and Correctional Services personnel formed up and marched on into the Sir John Guise stadium then form up at the outer field where a parade was hosted by the police Commissioner.

The parades Reviewing Officer, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in his address says that he was very proud as a Papua New Guinean to participate and be part of the parade that would launch their security operations.

Prime Minister O’Neil says that his government has placed priority in the rebuilding of the three disciplinary forces.

Lewas confident to take Gold

 The Lewas are the reigning East Asia Pacific (EAP) women’s champions and without a doubt are gold medal favourites.

“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,”

“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” said Maha.

Games Mascot Presents Cheque to Cancer Foundation

The ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ is a campaign by the Cancer Foundation aimed at raising awareness of cancers affecting everyday Papua New Guineans.

All funds raised from this event goes towards early detection, prevention and awareness programs in the country.

This is the mascot’s second year of hosting a morning tea and it also coincided with the Games 50 Days countdown.

Pacific Games security tightened

On hand were army, police and C.S officers.

According to venue officers, the tour will coincide with today’s venue opening on site.

Games Operations commander David Manning says that all venues are progressing in terms of security and that all units are set to roll out operations pending their venues being launched.

Meanwhile, all venue commanders have been briefed and are now in the implementation process of their duties.

Sogeri students run Games Baton

The Oil Search Games Relay continued its 100 days journey throughout the country with both schools among hundreds visited so far in the past 92 days.

The students at Sogeri welcomed the baton with a marching band and later ran the baton around the school while wearing their house colors red, green, blue and yellow.

Principal Kive Kererembo thanked the Relay team for visiting the school as many of the students come from other parts of the country.

On behalf of the students, the principal conveyed their best wishes to Team PNG, encouraging them to win more medals.

​Final 15-man rugby 9s team named for Games

The team will be coached by Michael Marum with strength and conditioning coach Jason Tassell to be the trainer while Solomon Kuluniasi is the team manager.

The team was announced by PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka in a statement today.

The team is dominated by SP Hunters players. Two players Silas Gahuna and Rex Yellon are not members of the Hunters but have proven themselves in the 9s format.

Gahuna and Yellon were members of the Commonwealth Games team that won gold in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 and the Cabramatta Nines in Sydney early this year.

Games Baton visits Variarata National Park

The park is located on the Sogeri plateau, lying at 600m above sea level and 46km inland.

There are many breathtaking and challenging walks and trails in the Variarata National Park with a network of trails, grassy picnic areas and shelters with barbecues.

The baton enjoyed the stunning views of Port Moresby and out to sea at the lookout.

The relay also caught up with Japanese tourists who were out birdwatching. Wallabies are common and birdlife is plentiful.

Marianville girls kick off sports carnival with Games Relay

Over 500 students circled around the sports oval in their house colours of blue, yellow, blue and green.

Each girl had the chance to touch the baton and cheered with delight as they did so.

Teacher Elsie Obara said the Relay is a historical event and it’s rewarding that the Relay coincides with their sports carnival.

She said they are proud to be part of the Relay and are looking forward to the Games in nine days time.

Before the baton visited Marianville, the students of Laloki ran the baton a half mile from their school to Nature Park.

​Haoda welcomes Games Baton to Central Province

Central is the 21st province the baton has visited and today marked 91 days of the baton’s 100 days journey throughout the country.

The baton is spending four days in the province before it is handed over to the National Capital District on June 29.

An official welcome ceremony was held at Laloki High School today as the baton was displayed for the people and the Central Provincial Government to see.

Haoda urged the people of Central to welcome the Relay team and happily get involved in the relay.

Vanuatu advance Team arrives for Games

It is headed by Chef de Mission Eileen Nangan, who said they are ready for the games and have prepared well to challenge the other Pacific Island countries.

“Like all other Pacific Island countries, we all want to go back not empty handed but with pride and happiness and Team Vanuatu will be one of the teams that will be aiming for medals during this game,” she said.

She said the advance  team are here to see for themselves the preparation and also get the feel of the atmosphere and the spirit of the games in the country.