7th PNG Games

PNG Games: NCD touches gold

It was a high scoring affair with the city slickers edging through under the guidance of the experienced Bobby Vavona.

West New Britain settled for bronze in the mixed division.

Photo credit: Bobby Vavona

Team Central bags gold in darts

Silver for men went to West New Britain, won by Lionel Kamasa, the youngest medallist so far, while bronze went to Manus in the women's division and Madang grabbed the men's division.

Body building saw the Autonomous Region of Bougainville bag most medals in this code, with 3 gold medals for men's under 65kg, under 80kg and men's senior open category.

Team AROB also walked away with two silver medals in the under 60kg and under 55kg categories, including 2 bronze medals for the under 60 and under 70kg respectively.

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PNG Games: WNB set for gold

Host province West New Britain and East New Britain are the only two teams vying for the gold medal.

The first match was staged at the Hoskins Mini Stadium.

Team West New Britain showed no mercy as they ran rings around neighbouring province ENB to score 26 points to 7 in the first quarter.

Both teams showed determination but it was home side West New Britain that had the upper hand in defence, shutting down the ENB team.

The game ended with a huge win to Team WNB 101 to ENB 10 points

Central netball team on a mission

Team Central netball is under the watchful eyes of head coach Toka Aua and assisted by netball veteran Lydia Veali.

The team has a good composition of players from the Port Moresby netball competition and will be out to give the National Capital District and Morobe a good run.

Prior to leaving for Kimbe, Team Central netball had a trial run against the Pepes to prepare for the Mini Pacific Games in Vanuatu.

AROB leads PNG Games tally

The current standings (as of November 23):





Successful cancer awareness at PNG Games

The program, in partnership with the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority, consisted of free cancer prevention workshops for the public and athletes attending the 2017 PNG Games.

Over 300 participants attended the workshops that ran throughout the day at the PNG Games Venue.

The workshops were conducted by PNG Cancer Foundation health educators Naomi Gima and Loyla Matthews.

The presentations focused on what cervical, breast and mouth cancer is and signs & symptoms to look out for.

NCD sends security over for PNG Games

NCDC Urban Safety Director, Paul Komboi, says the personnel, sourced from respective stations around the city, are on ground to help with security during the games.

Komboi explains that this arrangement is in conjunction with the NCDC and the Royal PNG Constabulary.

The personnel have been tasked to carry out security detail of the team while also liaising with the Kimbe police.

Komboi says the officers will be paying courtesy visits to the provincial police commander WNB and his command whilst also liaising with the NCD team management.

7th PNG Games into day one

Chairman of the host organising committee, Reuben Kautu, said day one started at 9am with hockey, track and field events plus touch football.

Games will be played at five main venues and three smaller venues in the province, including Sasi Muthuvel Stadium, Peter Simogun Stadium, John Maneke Stadium and Kimbe Secondary School.

“Tomorrow we should go full swing.”

He added the opening ceremony of the Games held over the weekend was a success.

“It was a real eye opener for all the provinces. So far, everything has gone well.” 

Team NCD off to a good start

According to the Team Chef de Mission, Numa Alu, out of the five codes that are in Kimbe, hockey have begun their games.

The men’s team have recorded a 7-1 win over East New Britain while the women’s team has beaten the hosts with a 3-nil victory over team WNB.

Alu says despite delays in the start of the other codes, the team is in good spirits.

The codes that were meant to start today but have yet to begin are touch rugby, rugby nines, beach volleyball and cricket.

Boxing is still trying to confirm a location for their matches.

Telikom, HOC sign sponsorship agreement

Telikom acting CEO, Xavier Victor, said the partnership is worth over a million kina.

“We are pleased to be in partnership with the host organising committee to be partners in delivering the Games.

“For nearly two years now, we’ve been working behind the scenes to provide the best communications infrastructure in Kimbe to make sure we are able to deliver the best for PNG.

“We have EMTV by way of providing live coverage of the opening and closing ceremony, and throughout the entire two weeks will be providing highlights of all the sports played.