Sir John Guise Stadium

National athletics meet

Approximately 70 athletes from various clubs, including Para athletes, will come under the NCD banner. The largest of the visiting teams will be from West New Britain, Oro, Lae and the National Sports Institute (NSI) development squad from Goroka.

Strong competition is expected in all of the men’s running events with all the top sprinters vying for selection for the Pacific Games taking part.

Leroy Kamau , Pais Wisil and Emmanuel Anis will start favorites in a strong field of 100m sprinters.

PMSA Preseason RD2

In the men’s A league division, Collingwood FC took on the Valley Striker in a very strong match. Both teams defended well in the first half of the match. It was nil all at half time.

In the second half both teams maintained defense well at the goal mouth each way. They drew a nil-all result at the final whistle.

In the women’s A league match, Tufi United took on the New Look Boas. The slow and quiet match saw the time pick up quickly as both teams challenged to get the ball in the goalmouth.  Having played, no goals were recorded when half time came around.

New policing initiative to curb crime in NCD

A parade was hosted this morning at the Sir John Guise Stadium to officially mark the event.

The NCD Metropolitan Policing Initiative has been put in place by the Commander of NCD/Central Assistant Commissioner Donald Yamasombi and his team.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki says the initiative is an intervention strategy the NCD Command is taking to effectively combat crime in Port Moresby and make the city safe and secure for residents.

Track, field champs this week

The championships will begin after lunch on Friday August 24 and continue all day Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from Central and NCD Teams, teams from Kerema, Lae, Goroka, Wabag, New Ireland, East New Britain, Kokopo Town and Simbu are expected to attend.

Athletes will compete in under 16, 18 and Open Divisions.

Para events will also be featured with three para athletes already confirmed to compete with the able bodied athletes.

Unified Football Competition starts

The ‘divisioning round’ for the Unified Football Competition, under Special Olympics PNG, was hosted at the Sir John Ignatius Kilage stadium.

As per its name, the unified competition involves children with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and able-bodied children.

President of Special Olympics PNG, Takale Tuna, says they are using sports as a tool to integrate those with intellectual disabilities into society.

“That’s basically what this event is all about. It has been going on for about three years.”

Live auditions at Sir John Guise today

Over forty bands are auditioning today to secure a spot in the street’s battle of the bands – considered to be Port Moresby’s biggest musical festival.

This battle of the band is to unearth latest musical sensation from PNG and create careers for the most talented musicians in the country.

The difference though is that the performances are open to the public.

The audition today will be hosted by POM City markets – another local platform collaborating to create a general purpose city market every second Saturday of the month.

National touch football champs start

Tournament director Helena Dickson said there are 27 teams (12 Men’s Open, 6 Women’s Open and 9 Mixed) teams from 8 associations taking part in the three-day tournament.

She said teams from outside include Manus, Lae, Kimbe and the Brisbane Maganis from Australia who are participating for the second time at the championships.

“We started today and will finish with the finals on Sunday.”

She added after the championships, the national men’s and women’s teams for the 2019 Touch World Cup in Malaysia and the 2019 Pacific Games will be announced.

Narrow escape for trio

The incident happened in the early hours of Christmas Eve, say the guards on duty.

They claim it was probably after a heavy night of partying, as the driver (a man) and two passengers (another man and a woman), were heavily intoxicated.

According to the stadium guards, the car – a small grey Toyota Grande – drove out of the intersection from Vulupindi Haus.

And instead of turning right towards the traffic lights, drove straight towards the opposite side of the road.

​Athletics championships this weekend

The Championships will be hosted by the Port Moresby Athletics Association.

More than 400 athletes from NCD, Central, Gulf and Oro will be showcasing their talent and skill at the two-day event.

John Gitiri from the Port Moresby Athletics Association said he anticipates the Championship will be very competitive, especially in the senior divisions.

"Divisions to be contested are: U14, U16, U18 and the open or seniors.

"Both men and women will be competing in these divisions.

​Unified Football growing from strength to strength

From six teams last year, there are now 14 teams turning up to play every weekend at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

Level 2 Unified Football Coach for Special Olympics PNG, Willie Vaira, said teams include Cheshire Homes, Red Cross, Hanuabada Day Care, Wardstrip and Sogeri Primary.

“There’s a lot more interest this year from children and parents as well turning up every Saturday.

“Unified Football is all about bringing people with intellectual disabilities and able people together in sports.”