PNG Palais

Palais skipper scores PNG’s first try

Unfortunately, Palais went down to England this morning and then later lost to Japan as well.

Following three straight loses on day one of the HSBC Sydney sevens tournament, the PNG women’s team were out to improve their performances.

Pooled against Dubai sevens champions, Australia is never easy but PNG has shown a lot of courage facing France and Spain as well.

The English women handed PNG Palais their hardest lesson yet at the 2018 HSBC Sydney Sevens as day two kicked off today.

Palais go down to France and Australia

In this morning’s encounter, the French ran in eight tries to comfortably beat the Palais 50-0.

The match after lunch saw the current world champions, Australia put away the Palais with the same score line of 50-0.

The Palais will play their third and last match of the day against Spain at 3:56pm.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens is being relayed live on TVWAN Action.

Palais leave for Sydney Sevens

Coach John Larry said speed, defence and decision-making have been some of the areas of focus in the eight weeks of training leading into the tournament.

“The 12-member team will be led by Debbie Kaore. We still have other experienced players in Freda Waula, Joanne Lagona and Lynette Kwarula,” he said.

“Our only debutant is Gemma Schnaubelt, who brings a lot of flare into the side.”

The Palais have been placed in Pool A alongside Australia, France and Spain.

HSBC Sydney Sevens schedules out

Palais will face France, Australia and Spain while the PNG Pukpuks are pooled against South Africa, England and Spain.

The full match schedules for both the men's and women's HSBC Sydney Sevens 2018 have been released with 28 teams set to compete across three action-packed days on 26-28 January.

Fans will be treated to 79 matches as the Allianz Stadium plays host to Sydney's biggest festival of rugby across Australia Day weekend.

Palais begin selection trials

A late inclusion trying out for a spot in the Palais team was young touch footballer Gemma Schnaubelt.

Schnaubelt first featured at the 2017 National Touch Championships.

She played for the Brisbane based team and was recently invited by the PNG 7s team to try out.

She is the daughter of Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt.

She arrived from Brisbane this afternoon before taking the field.

A little jetlagged, Schnaubelt joined the rest of the players in the selection trials under head coach John Larry.

Strong 20-man Pukpuks squad named

Due to the in fights of PNG Rugby Football Union, much of the squad has been based and carried over from the 2016/2017 calendar year of tournaments.

The 20-man team has been finalised after the staging of recent tournaments in 2017, including NCDRU satellite 7s, Oceania 7s and the PNG games.

Both the men and the women’s PNG sevens teams are preparing for the  HSBC 7s World Series tournament in Sydney but the sad fact is that, for such a successful sporting code, both teams are without a major sponsor.

Palais qualify for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

Despite coming fourth out of eight teams at the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships in Fiji, the Palais still finished as the highest placed women’s team (outside of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand).

Results from day two:

Australia def. PNG Palais 25-7 (semi-final), Fiji def. PNG Palais 39-0 (third and fourth playoff).

As for the PNG Pukpuks, they finished fifth out of 13 teams. It’s also good news for the Pukpuks, who have qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s and HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18.

Results from day two:

Pukpuks, Palais go down in finals

In the opening match of the men’s quarter-finals in Fji, Australia edged out the Pukpuks 22-21 to advance on to the semi-final.

The Pukpuks will meet American Samoa in the 5th-8th placed playoffs at 2:20pm (11:20pm PNG time).

The Palais were also unlucky, losing to Australia 25-7 in the first of the women’s semi-finals.

Australia will play New Zealand in the women’s grand final.

Not all hope is lost with the Palais to face off against Fiji for third place at 6:26pm (3:26pm PNG time).

(Photo credit: Oceania Rugby)

Day 1: Pukpuks win two matches

Results:

PNG Pukpuks def. Tuvalu 26-10, PNG Pukpuks def. Vanuatu 33-0, Samoa defeated PNG Pukpuks 31-14.

Results:

PNG Palais drew with Cook Islands 12-12, PNG Palais def. Tahiti 77-0, New Zealand def. PNG Palais 15-0.

Day two will start at 11am (8am PNG time) tomorrow morning, starting with the quarter-finals. 

Pukpuks win, Palais draw

In the opening match of the Championships this morning, the Palais settled for a 12-12 draw with Cook Islands.

Match 6 saw the Pukpuks down Tuvalu 26-10.

In the other matches today, the Pukpuks will take on Vanuatu and then later Samoa, while the Palais have dates with Tahiti and New Zealand.

The Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships started today and will end tomorrow with the finals.

(Palais in training – Photo credit: Oceania Rugby Facebook Page)