New Zealand

Kig’s double takes PNG U17 to OFC final

The late goal at extra time was scored by Robertlynn Kig who also scored PNG’s first goal.

PNG was the first to score when Kig floated home a free kick into the top corner of the goal and found the net four minutes into the game.

New Caledonia struggled to escape PNG’s defensive half but couldn’t get past the strong backline as they attempted to score on several occasions.

Our girls pushed through the first half to hold a 1-0 lead over New Caledonia at halftime.

PNG to take on New Caledonia in U17 semis

This match will get underway today at the CIFA Academy at 1pm (PNG time).

PNG and New Zealand are the only teams to go through pool play without a defeat.

But after a first-up 7-1 drubbing of Vanuatu, PNG struggled a little, edging Cook Islands 2-1 before the draw with Fiji on Match Day 5.

Our girls will be banking on top striker in the tournament Belinda Giada to help them secure a win.

Giada scored a total of eight goals so far in the tournament, four goals against Vanuatu, two goals against Cook Islands and another two against Fiji.

PNG, New Zealand eye Olympic glory

This match will get underway at the PNG Football Association Academy pitch in Lae and will kick-off at 2pm.

The return leg will be played in New Zealand which is scheduled on 26 January at QBE Stadium in Auckland.

The winner will advance to the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament set to take place during the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5-21 August 2016.

Fiji trade delegation eyes PNG market

PNG has the biggest economy and consumer base in the Pacific, apart from Australia and New Zealand.    

It was revealed during the formal bilateral meeting between Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru, and Fiji’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya that a Fiji trade delegation will visit PNG.

The leaders meeting was held last week in Suva with trade and investment as the main point of discussion.

PNG falls behind in world league rankings

It is the worst it has been for the code which is considered the national sport in the country.

PNG, which was usually in the top five in past years, has dropped out of sight and now sits at number 14, plunging three place from 11th spot out of 35 countries in the new  RLIF World Rankings issued recently.

Pacific Island food exports could brighten up NZ shelves

Pandanus, known by Marshallese people as the “divine tree”, produces a seasonal fruit with an edible flesh that is cooked, dried or simply chewed on by locals.

Marshall Islands company, Robert Reimers Associates, has started extracting juice from the fruit to make what it calls kolomomor juice.

Iva Reimers-Roberto of Robert Reimers Associates brought pure pandanus juice to New Zealand as part of Pacific Islands Trade and Invest New Zealand trade mission.

Palais finish fourth at Oceania 7s Champs

The Palais finished fourth out of five countries.

In their round 5 match this morning, they were thrashed by Fiji 43-0.

The Palais later met Fiji again in the semi-final losing again 40-0.

In the third and fourth play-off this afternoon, the Palais went down to Cook Islands 32-0.

Fiji went on to beat Samoa 55-0 in the final to book their spot in the 2016 Olympic Games sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

Second placed Samoa and third placed Cook Islands have earned themselves invitations to the final qualification tournament for the Rio Olympics. 

Pukpuks finish fourth at Oceania Sevens

On the final day of the Championship, the Pukpuks won the quarter final this morning against Cook Islands 19-7.

They advanced to meet Australia who beat them 36-0 in the semi-final.

The Pukpuks then faced off in the afternoon in the third and fourth play-off going down to Samoa 54-0.

Australia beat Tonga 50-0 to automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

New Zealand beat Australia to retain Rugby World Cup

Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma'a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back.

With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control.

And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away on to Ben Smith's clearing kick at the death history was made, with New Zealand also becoming the first three-time champions of the world.

Party time for the All Blacks leaving the team behind

Some very, very big names are playing their last games in All Black jerseys and they'll leave a a sizeable hole.

Here's a quick rundown of who's heading off and where they're going:

-Dan Carter (111 caps) is going to Racing 92, a Parisian club known for their outrageous wealth and commitment to aristocratic exclusivity.

-Ma'a Nonu (101 caps) is headed to Toulon, whose owner Mourad Boudjellal courted controversy by comparing some debatable refereeing decisions to being sodomised.