National Football Stadium

Santos Continues Naming Rights

Santos Executive Vice President and Co-Head PNG, Leon Buskens said Santos is pleased to announce its partnership with PNG's National Sport - Rugby League through the naming rights of the National Football Stadium following the merger with Oil Search, the inaugural naming rights sponsor. 

“Santos is proud to be part of the ongoing development of Rugby League, a sport that many Papua New Guineans love, and the naming rights sponsorship of the country’s world class stadium will go a long way,” he said. 

2018 Oil Search PNG Orchids squad announced

The squad was selected following the 2018 National Women’s Championships held in Port Moresby over the weekend.

The 26 women have been selected to take on the Brisbane Broncos on Sunday, September 2nd, in Brisbane.

The team is made up of 22 players and 4 shadow players.

Southern Confederate boasts 8 players in the squad, while Highlands and Northern 4 each, and New Guinea Islands has 3.

Furthermore, 3 Australian players have also been added to the team.

Oil Search PNG Orchids squad

SP Hunters thrash Seagulls 40-16

They played their final home game with their usual grand final approach, keeping the crowd on its feet until the final whistle.

An all-round solid performance by the SP PNG Hunters ensured their 40-16 victory over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Just 1 minute into the round 23 match and senior player Wartovo Puara Jnr wasted no time in crossing over the visitors’ try line.

10 minutes later, an energetic Eddene Gebbie followed suit, bringing the already excited crowd to its feet.

Captain Ase Boas converted the try for a 10-point lead.

Gurias too strong for Wigmen

The Gurias registered a 26-12 victory in the Digicel Cup round 13 match today.

The win came at a cost for the Gurias, who suffered a number of injuries at the hands of the aggressive Wigmen.

The round 13 Digicel Cup clash was a curtain raiser for the Hunters’ round 16 encounter against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

3 minutes into the match and the Gurias recorded 6 points, thanks to Philemon Taim and Solomon Pokare.

Vipers, Muruks clash end in tie

Disregarding their standing on the ladder, the Muruks came out physically to nearly upset the Vipers.

But a Supa George Fabian grubber ensured the scores were locked five minutes from full time.

It was a physical match from the go with both teams muscling up in defense.

But it was some brilliant running and dummying from Vipers halfback, Ate Bina Wabo, who opened the scoring.

The Muruks would respond 10 minutes later through some inside running from captain Jack Manda from a Leonard Alphonse pass.

Hunters rebound from loss

They beat the Cutters 26 points to 12 this afternoon at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Hunters were the first to score just five minutes into the game through Thompson Teteh after a drop ball from the Mackay Cutters.

Watson Boas converted the try and the Hunters led with 6 points to nil.

Cutters returned the favour just five minutes after the Hunters’ try with their own converted try.

Tigers roar

The Tigers were on the board inside the first ten minutes through fullback Joe Joshua.

The visitors registered their first points when they opted to kick for goal.

They soon found the try line just minutes later when Sikeli Qauqau reached over to slam the ball down.

A successful conversion put the Aviators in front by four points.

But they let the Tigers back in when lazy defence allowed Mafu Kales to sneak in a four pointer.

Tarangau win back-to-back titles

This was in the Cup grand final today at the National Football Stadium.

The Hohola boys raced away to the lead but Tarangau kept their cool, fighting back in the second half to edge out their opponents.

In the other results:

Men’s Bowl - Kone Storms (2) def. Tarangau (1) 20-12.

Men’s Plate - Royals (2) def. Wests (1) 10-4.

Women’s Plate - Port Moresby Souths def. Hohola Flies 20-8.

Woman’s Cup - Royals def. Paga Panthers 34-12.

The theme for this year’s tournament was ‘Lukautim Mama Graun’.

Wigmen surge home to 30-24 win

Two tries and a penalty conversion from Scott Francis pushed the Waghi boys out to a 14-10 lead at half time.

The Wigmen muscled their way back into the match with two tries in five minutes from Joseph.

The nail in the coffin came in the 71st minute when Stanford Talia crossed over to bring the score to 30-20.

Waghi Tumbe however, managed one last try right on the buzzer from Robert Koronus.

Hunters defeated at home

The visitors made their intentions known as early as the 3rd minute when halfback Michael Burgess spun out of a tackle, kicked for himself and scored near the posts.

With no Ase Boas, the Hunters struggled.

Poor ball control was again an issue for the Hunters who couldn't complete their sets.

The Seagulls hurt the Hunters at two minutes out from half-time after Damian Sironen crossed.

The kick from Lindon McGrady was good putting the lead out to 12-0.