Team PNG

Pacific Games incentive payments close to completion

The PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) said 99 percent of payments have been made, at a cost of close to K4 million.

Out of 500 athletes, 495 of them have been paid.

PNGOC received funding from the PNG Government for the payments in early September and has since been processing these for athletes who won medals.

The remaining one percent, five athletes, are yet to sort arrangements with their sports on agreements and contracts covering them under their programs.

PNG won a total of 217 medals - 88 gold, 69 silver and 60 bronze.

PNG Olympic team eye 8 events in Rio

They’re athletics, boxing, soccer, judo, swimming, taekwondo, shooting and weightlifting.

PNG will be looking to send 28 athletes including the womens soccer team but this will depend on which athletes and teams qualify.

PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) confirmed that the sports are still attending their respective qualification events.

Ryan Pini is the only swimmer that has qualified so far.

The womens soccer team will play New Zealand on Tuesday, January 26 at QBE Stadium in Auckland during Leg 2 of the 2016 OFC Women's Olympic Qualifiers Stage 2.

PNG women netballers finish unbeaten

With three consecutive wins against Samoa and a drubbing of Solomon Islands and Tonga, they have put themselves in medal contention.

PNG will be playing the second placed team in Pool –A.

The official quarter finals draws are yet to be released by the games organizers but Loop PNG understands that PNG will play Cook Islands and Fiji will meet Samoa on Friday.

The winners of both matches will meet in the gold and silver play offs and the losers get a chance in the bronze medal challenge.

The Pacific Games medal play off will be played on Saturday.

PNG whip Nth Marianas at stadium

In front of their vocal home crowd, Richard Kilarupa and Moha Mea trashed the Northern Marianas in the first two sets, 21-10 and 21-0 to record their victory.

The beach volleyball competition of the XV Pacific Games got going this morning at the BSP Stadium outer arena.

PNG’s final game for day one will be played at 4pm.

PNG men play Tonga and PNG and American Samoa ladies will go into battle. 

PNG can ‘perform on world stage’

He made the comment after the host nation collected four gold and one silver medals in the four events earlier.

Upston said he "felt emotional" because of the effort put into by the lifters.

 He said that he had faith in the power lifters to make the country proud.

"(Lifters) trusted in the programs, believed in themselves and it paid dividend,’’ he said.

 The contracted coach also challenged  the national government to support the code so its potential can be seen.

PNG settle for 7-7 draw with Samoa in touch rugby

Samoa hit an early lead after Peter Hazelman and Beckett Leota scored touch downs to sound a warning to PNG.

A touch down from Bobby Vavona put PNG back in the contest however. Samoa’s Lima Lote extended the lead to 3-1 before half time.

The second half of play saw a flurry of points from both sides. Uari Sarufa from PNG scored twice to level the scores at 3-3.

From this point, touch downs were scored from one of the field to another and about a minute out before play ended, the scores were locked at 6-6.

PNG suffer defeat to Fiji

The home girls lost to bronze medal holders Fiji 86-60 today in front of their home crowd.

Fiji dominated the game, leading throughout the game and taking the lead in the first quarter , 25-16.

In the second quarter, PNG pulled through to keep up but the Fijians were too fast and had a height advantage with players like  Leba Korovou and Vilisi Tavui.

Fiji maintained their lead at the end of the second quarter, 45-31.

Eight PNG swimmers qualify for finals

Pini clocked the fastest in the men’s 50m butterfly in 24.58 seconds ahead of Tahiti.

Samuel Seghers also qualified in the 50m butterfly in a time of 25.51 seconds.

Savannah Tkatchenko qualified in the women’s 100m breaststroke on 1 minute,16 seconds while Barbara Vali-Skelton clocked 1minute,19seconds.

Ryan Maske and Askley Seeto qualified in the men’s 200m breaststroke event.

Anna-Liza Mopio Jane clocked seventh fastest in the women’s 50m butterfly and Stanford Kawale qualified in the men’s 200m medley. 

Pictured are men in this morning's hits.

PNG take 1-0 lead over SI at break

It took PNG's strike player Tommy Semmy  to score PNG's first goal at the Pacific Games midway through the first half.

Semmy had several more chances to score, going one on one with the keeper but was unlucky.

 The Solomon Islanders came equally close to scoring but goal keeper Ismael Pole has so far managed to keep the ball  from getting past him.

Another one of Pole's saves got him injured and he had to be taken off on a stretcher by medics in injury time. 

Nine PNG swimmers qualify for finals

Heading the push for precious metal are our golden fish Ryan Pini (54.21 sec) and Sam Seghers (56.09 sec) for the men 100m butterfly.

Seghers is the fastest behind Pini in this event.

Shanice Paraka (32.75 sec) and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane (32.88 sec) for women 50m backstroke. Emma Terebo of New Caledonia was the fastest in this event with a new Games record of 29.86 sec. The previous record was 30.28 sec.