Sir John Guise Stadium

Unified Football Competition starts

The ‘divisioning round’ for the Unified Football Competition, under Special Olympics PNG, was hosted at the Sir John Ignatius Kilage stadium.

As per its name, the unified competition involves children with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and able-bodied children.

President of Special Olympics PNG, Takale Tuna, says they are using sports as a tool to integrate those with intellectual disabilities into society.

“That’s basically what this event is all about. It has been going on for about three years.”

Live auditions at Sir John Guise today

Over forty bands are auditioning today to secure a spot in the street’s battle of the bands – considered to be Port Moresby’s biggest musical festival.

This battle of the band is to unearth latest musical sensation from PNG and create careers for the most talented musicians in the country.

The difference though is that the performances are open to the public.

The audition today will be hosted by POM City markets – another local platform collaborating to create a general purpose city market every second Saturday of the month.

National touch football champs start

Tournament director Helena Dickson said there are 27 teams (12 Men’s Open, 6 Women’s Open and 9 Mixed) teams from 8 associations taking part in the three-day tournament.

She said teams from outside include Manus, Lae, Kimbe and the Brisbane Maganis from Australia who are participating for the second time at the championships.

“We started today and will finish with the finals on Sunday.”

She added after the championships, the national men’s and women’s teams for the 2019 Touch World Cup in Malaysia and the 2019 Pacific Games will be announced.

Narrow escape for trio

The incident happened in the early hours of Christmas Eve, say the guards on duty.

They claim it was probably after a heavy night of partying, as the driver (a man) and two passengers (another man and a woman), were heavily intoxicated.

According to the stadium guards, the car – a small grey Toyota Grande – drove out of the intersection from Vulupindi Haus.

And instead of turning right towards the traffic lights, drove straight towards the opposite side of the road.

​Athletics championships this weekend

The Championships will be hosted by the Port Moresby Athletics Association.

More than 400 athletes from NCD, Central, Gulf and Oro will be showcasing their talent and skill at the two-day event.

John Gitiri from the Port Moresby Athletics Association said he anticipates the Championship will be very competitive, especially in the senior divisions.

"Divisions to be contested are: U14, U16, U18 and the open or seniors.

"Both men and women will be competing in these divisions.

​Unified Football growing from strength to strength

From six teams last year, there are now 14 teams turning up to play every weekend at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

Level 2 Unified Football Coach for Special Olympics PNG, Willie Vaira, said teams include Cheshire Homes, Red Cross, Hanuabada Day Care, Wardstrip and Sogeri Primary.

“There’s a lot more interest this year from children and parents as well turning up every Saturday.

“Unified Football is all about bringing people with intellectual disabilities and able people together in sports.”

​Over 20,000 took part in Fun Run

Men, women, children and some with their pets, flocked in to the Sir John Guise Stadium as early as 2am to prepare for the event.

By 6am, a sea of yellow had engulfed the roads of Port Moresby as city residents walked, jogged and ran the five kilometre route, crossing the finishing line back at the stadium.

Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla, said the turnout at this morning’s Fun Run was overwhelming.

“It’s probably the biggest turnout we’ve ever had. From start to the finish, the whole route was packed with a sea of yellow.

K40m outstanding for Hubert Murray Stadium

Funding for the stadium is from a Public Private Partnership of K120 million through the National Government and Curtain Brothers.

Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko said the outstanding K40m is the Government’s component of making sure that stadium is complete.

The Government is now working with different companies to get them to sponsor the finishing product of the stadium under a tax credit scheme.

Tkachenko revealed that the country is going through a tight economic situation and at this point stadiums are not something that is prioritised to be built or funded.

Hockey pavilion leased to federation

The Port Moresby Hockey Pavilion at the Sir John Guise stadium was officially leased to Hockey Federation as the third facility leased out by PNG Sports Foundation. This comes after the PNG Football Stadium and the Bava Park for rugby and rugby touch.

The lease granted is for a year between December 1, 2016, and December 1, 2017.

This will then follow with a 2-year lease alongside a successful 1-year agreement.

President of PNG Hockey, Kaluwin Potuan, thanked the Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko and the Sports Federation for the lease.

Women take ownership of city

That’s because mothers from various settlements in Port Moresby have taken ownership to clean this area throughout the FIFA U-20 cup period.

The women are actually part of the NCD Active City Programs - Walk for Life and Yoga for Life and according to NCD Governor Powes Parkop, have been doing community clean up in their respective settlements for nearly two months now.

This morning, Loop PNG caught up with at least 15 mothers from the Eight Mile settlement who were picking rubbish along the footpath outside Meat Haus and ANZ Bank, near the traffic lights.