Chan congratulates players, teams

At the presentation after the grand final on Sunday, Chan said he was pleased with the commitment of each team and congratulated every player and team for participating.

“Despite the forfeiture by one of C Grade teams due to the players attending to the National Elections related duties, all went well since the competition started in March,” said Chan.

DKS Automotive win POM snooker title

PNG champion, Marcus Ng, beat Arana Taviri, current BSP PNG Minor Title holder, Marcus Rahman defeated Willie Vaieke and PNG women champion, Geua John, beat Vani Toka while Charlie Tom lost to Nathan Fong to take DKS to a 3 one lead after the four singles.

Topshooters needed to win the two doubles to take the finals to a decider and Nathan Fong and Arana Taviri gave the shooters hope when they defeated Ng and Earls.

On the next table, Vaieke had the chance to take the game to a decider when up by one point, missed an easy pink set up by John.

Wins to Wigmen, Gurias, Mioks & Tigers

In the games in Port Moresby yesterday, Wigmen def. Waghi Tumbe 30-24 and Gurias def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 18-12.

Up in Wabag today, Mioks def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 16-14 and in Lae, Tigers def. PRK Mendi Muruks 12-6.

Dates set for NSL semi-final, grand final

The semi-final will played this month on Wednesday, 16 August, while the grand-final will be staged three days later on Saturday, 19 August.

PNGFA Senior Vice President, John Wesley Gonjuan, said both matches will be played in Lae at the PNGFA Academy.

He added if the rain affects the field of play in Lae, then the finals will be moved to Madang.

Gonjuan apologised for the delay of the playoffs, saying the continuous rains in Lae plus election related issues spilling over to Lae and Madang were the reasons.

“Players’ safety is important,” said Gonjuan.

Marum: Still more work to be done

Speaking after yesterday’s 20-4 win over the Ipswich Jets, Marum was less than impressed with his side’s first half performance but was relieved to still come away with the win.

“We expected a tough one. Ipswich are a quality side. We got the two points but there were a lot of errors in the first half.

“In the second half, we polished up on our errors and got over the line.

“A win is a win but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Marum.

Marum said the team will regroup and prepare for another big match in round 23 against the Townsville Blackhawks.

Assistant coach: Face challenges, produce results

Lai said the challenge for the team is to defend the cup as the 2014 IC champions.

“We are the defending title holders so we have to go defend the cup,” said Lai.

The Mozzies will kick off their competitions this Sunday, August 6, against Ireland at 11.15am then play Nauru on Wednesday, August 9, at 12.30pm.

On Saturday, August 12, at 12.00pm PNG will play USA before facing South Africa on Tuesday, August 15, at 10.30am.

The grand final will be played on August 19 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) at 11.15am.

Tigers still in front

The current standings:

Lae Snax Tigers (16), Agmark Rabaul Gurias (15), PRK Mendi Muruks (14), Kroton Hela Wigmen (13), EPG Enga Mioks (10), Bintangor Goroka Lahanis (8), Waghi Tumbe (8), NCDC Port Moresby Vipers (4).

Matches in round 12 will be played in Port Moresby and Lae this weekend.

BSP School Kriket Programme continues to hit targets

The Programme which reached a record 188,407 participants across eleven regions in the country last year, is on track to hit 150,000 participants for the fifth consecutive year after recording 40,575 in Term 1 and 42,340 in Term 2 totalling up to 82,915 for the year so far.

 “The BSP School Kriket Programme has once again gained momentum and student participation has been very good despite the election movement around the country.

Hunters still at the top

From 19 games played; the Hunters have won 14, lost four, drawn one plus had the two byes. This has put them on 33 points.

The current standings:

SP Hunters (33), Sunshine Coast Falcons (31), Redcliffe Dolphins (30), Easts Tigers (29), Souths Logan Magpies (28), Townsville Blackhawks (26).

The SP Hunters will play the Ipswich Jets in the round 22 fixture at the National Football Stadium this Saturday. This game will start at 3pm. 

No more Digicel Cup games in Minj and Wabag

PNG-NRL Competition manager Stanley Hondina said this is due to the 2017 National Elections where counting and declarations are still continuing.

“This could continue into next week or longer and disruptions to the competition like last week in Wabag may continue to happen.

 “So for the safety of the players and officials, we feel it is best to reschedule the EPG Enga Mioks and Whagi Tumbe games starting this weekend.”