Digicel Cup on two week break

Official, David Silovo said this is to cater for polling which has already started for the 2017 National Elections.

Meanwhile, despite the Lae Snax Tigers first loss of the season last weekend, they still sit on top of the competition points ladder.

On the other side of the coin, the struggling NCDC Port Moresby Vipers are still yet to register a win.

The current standings after round eight are:

Hunters maintain top spot

The Hunters have accrued 26 competition points from 12 wins, three losses and one bye. The Hunters have a points for and against of a 138.

The top six teams (after 16 rounds) are as follows:

1)SP Hunters (26), Sunshine Coast Falcons (25), Redcliffe Dolphins (24), Easts Tigers (21), Townsville Blackhawks (20), Souths Logan Magpies (20).

Round 17 will see the Hunters play the Central Queensland Capras this Sunday at the National Football Stadium. The game will get underway at 3pm.

Mioks, Gurias, Tumbe and Muruks register wins

In Minj, Tumbe def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 32-22 while in Mendi, Muruks def. Kroton Hela Wigmen 8-6.

To Port Moresby, Mioks def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 8-4 and across to Kokopo, Gurias def. Lae Snax Tigers 22-14.

NCD candidates call for free, fair elections

Andy Bawa, Michael Kandiu and Robert Agen came together in a press conference this morning to stress on this.

“Those who are planning to rig the elections must stop. We don’t want a repeat of past elections. It’s up to the people to decide. The mandate will be given by the people,” said Kandiu.

“Elections are about exercising your democratic right to vote. There mustn’t be ballot papers taken off the streets, trying to hijack the process. That has to stop.

Games in POM, Mendi, Minj and Kokopo

At 2pm, PRK Mendi Muruks take on Kroton Hela Wigmen in Mendi. At the same time, Waghi Tumbe go head to head with Bintangor Goroka Lahanis across in Minj.

Down to the capital city, NCDC Port Moresby Vipers will clash with EPG Enga Mioks while in Kokopo, the Agmark Rabaul Gurias play host to Lae Snax Tigers. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Athletics PNG names squad for Oceania Championships

The team of 24 male and 12 athletes is a very strong all-round team which will cover all disciplines of hurdles, long distance, jumps and throws in the open division as well as the traditionally strong PNG sprint and middle distance squad.

In addition to the open athletes, the team includes four junior girls and five junior boys.

Wellington Albert out, Muka Peter Kulu in

In his place for tomorrow’s round 16 clash against Northern Pride in Cairns, coach Michael Marum has named 20-year-old Muka Peter Kulu in the starting line-up.

Kulu made his debut off the bench as Hunter #53 last Saturday.

Captain Ase Boas returns to his five eighth role while Wartovo Puara Jnr moves back to hooker.

Marum said Enock Maki has been ruled out with an ankle injury while David Loko has been omitted.

Ismael Balkawa and Noel Joel have been released to their clubs.

PNG Football Academy to host three NSL matches

Starting at 10am will be the showdown between Besta FC and Huawei PS.

This will be followed by Buang FC taking on Yamaros FC at 12:30pm.

The last match will see Lae City Dwellers FC clash with Madang FC in the main game and will kick off at 3pm.

The semi-final for the NSL is set for July 22.

The grand final will be played a week later on July 29.

The venues are yet to be confirmed.

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Hunters still on top

From 14 games played, the Hunters have won 11, lost three and had one bye. This has put them on 24 competition points. The Hunters have a points for and against of 134.

“We just need to play smarter football. That’s what we need,” said Hunters coach, Michael Marum.

“We can play better if we control our football better.

“We got a lot of positives out of the game. The Townsville Blackhawks beat Sunshine Coast Falcons so we’re still up on top of the points ladder. That’s some good news for us.”

PMBL heading towards end of round

In yesterday’s results, MoniPlus Tamaraws def. West Jokers 91-63 and KSS Southern Flames def. Superior Coffee Saints 83-67.

The last scheduled match did not eventuate with G3 Chariots forfeiting 2K Tigers.

Emperador had the bye.

PMBL Match Commissioner, Erick Elai, said there is still one more week of games left to close off round one of the competition.

He added because of polling for the National Elections, a decision will be made whether games will be played this week or not.