Pacific Games

PNG women kick off home ground campaign

The teams are warming up on the court.

Ranked 5th in the Pacific, PNG will be hoping to get much support from their home crowd to help them grab a win.

The BSP Arena is 80 percent full with PNG supporters.

In other results today, Fiji defeated New Caledonia 29-12 and Solomon Islands lost to American Samoa 80-44.

Tough clash for PNG in touch footy

PNG found themselves behind with the Cooks scoring the first points.

PNG fought back to level up but the Cooks look the stronger side and are dominating possession.

PNG men go down to New Caledonia in basketball

The visiting team showed class in the close encounter but with the home crowd on their side PNG fought hard in the first and second quarter.

In the first quarter, New Caledonia took the lead 17-15.

In the second quarter, the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright helped PNG level the score at half time 38-38.

New Caledonia fought back in the second quarter with great three points shots from Stephane Saminadin put New Caledonia in the lead 60-52 at the third quarter break.

PNG track queen arrives for Games

Also arriving is Nelson Stone, the 400m men’s champion of the South Pacific.

Both were among 30 overseas based PNG athletes who arrived after midday today in Port Moresby.

They were met on arrival at the Port Moresby International Airport by PNG Chef de Mission, Richard Kassman.

Wisil who lives and trains in the United States said she is happy to be running on home soil to defend her title.

But she is not taking her rivals from New Caledonia, Tahiti and Fiji for granted.

“I am in great form and looking forward to the tracks,” she told LOOP PNG.

Our water is WHO compliant: Water boss

Chief Executive Officer Henry Mokono says Eda Ranu standards are never compromised.

Eda Ranu is responding to concerns for safe drinking water by the Fiji delegation here for the Pacific Games.

The Fiji team sent an SOS this week to its major sponsor "Fiji Water" to supply the team with drinking water.

Fiji Times reported it's contingent had to boil water when safe drinking water became a concern for its athletes.

Mokono says Eda Ranu provides a world class product which adheres to World Health organisation drinking water standards.

Security heightened at games venues

Media representatives with games passes will be allowed into the games.

Those who don't have passes will be turned away.

PNG Loop visited the games venues this morning for a wrap up of what is happening and was told by the securitiesat the gate.

Meanwhile most Pacific Island countries have arrived in the country for the challenge during the games.

The opening ceremony will be on Saturday July 4, 2015 at BSP stadium in Port Moresby.

Home support my best motive: Athlete

Willie with seven members of his team arrived this afternoon after spending three months of intensive training in Adelaide, South Australia.

The Central Province lad described the training as "tough but I tried my best to help improve my fighting skills."

It was Willie's first overseas travel and it was all tears of joy when he arrived home as pictured with his mum, Rema.

 The 21 year old feels nervous as he debuts on home soil but promises to do his best.

Duke of York arrives in PNG


Greeted by a 21 gun salute, he was received by Acting Governor General and Parliament speaker Theodore Zurenuoc, foreign affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, Sports and Pacific Games Minister Justin Tkatchenko, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and other government dignitaries.

In a short ceremony, the Duke inspected the guard of honor before heading to the Airways hotel.

The prince is here on invitation by the PNG government to open the XV Pacific Games on Saturday July 4th.

Four sports to kick off Pacific Games

They are basketball, touch football, soccer and table tennis.

Team PNG will start its gold medal campaign on home soil with our male touch team taking on Kiribati at the Bisini Sports Ground at 9am while our female team takes on Tonga at 12 noon.

Our mens touch team will play their second game at 2pm against Solomon Islands.  PNG mens soccer will play New Caledonia at 3pm.

Table tennis will be played at  the Caritas Hall in East Boroko from 9am to 7pm. PNG mens basketball will end the day when they taking on New Caledonia at the Taurama Aquatic Arena.

Committal Court adjourns for Games

 The Clerk of the District Court issued notices stating that normal court business will be carried out during the Games however the court will only deal with fresh cases (arrests) during the Games.

This is due to the engagement of all police prosecutors in the Pacific Games special operations.

But Supreme and National Court business will continue as per usual, officials said today.

Committal court police prosecutor Polon Koniu told PNG Loop all his cases had been adjourned to July 20.