first_imgThere was strong local support for the international women’s matches in Fiji at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Friday.In the high scoring first match, Samoa beat Papua New Guinea 56-45.The Manusina captain Sui Pauaraisa offered high praise for her team.”I’m so proud of the girls as it’s our first game together as a team and we’re all from different places,” she said.”We didn’t know our opposition except that they were quick, so we opted to use our strength which was our forwards.”In the second match the home side was always going to be the crowd favourite and they didn’t disappoint in play or in points differential.The reigning champions stamping their authority at the outset of the competition beating Tonga 53-8.Tonga’s captain Va’iga Moimoi was gracious in defeat.”I’m just proud of the girls and the effort they put into the match,” she said.”Just this morning it was the first time for some of the girls to put on a mouthguard. I’m just really proud of the girls and proud to represent my country.”On Tuesday in Round 2 Samoa face Tonga and Fiji play PNG.last_img read more

first_imgThe 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.last_img

first_imgOfficials have remained tight lipped about the exact ceremony itself, but have hinted it will be bigger than the opening ceremony. In a tentative program released tonight, the day will begin with the half marathon that will at 6am and end at about half past seven. Residents are advised to come in early. The main closing ceremony is set to wrap up by 10pm. The marathon will begin from the stadium through to the back gate of the PNG Education Institute, then the pineapple building right through to Telikom Rumana building towards the the GPO office. Organizers say the Eastern side of the venue will be closed to spectators by 3pm for barriers to be installed at the base of the boulevard. Shuttles from the Unagi field for spectators who are parking should start arriving by 7pm.center_img Spectator gates will be opened for Hockey, Beach volleyball and netball at 9am. From there they will run past the Constitutional park, to the main Waigani traffic lights after Stop and Shop North Waigani, then turn towards UPNG going through Carl Memorial school and the Ensisi junction then into the UPNG Campus to the Games village. On the marathon’s turnaround they will follow the same route back. By 4pm all netball, beach volleyball and hockey spectators will be vacated in preparation for the gates to be opened at 5pm for the closing ceremony. Athletes should arrive for the ceremony by half past 6.last_img read more

first_imgThe Gordons boys batted first and blasted their way to set a target of 59. This was thanks to opener Barnabas Maha who top scored with 15 runs. His knock included a four and a six.Ela Murray’s Joel Reid was outstanding, taking 3/14.In their run chase, Ela Murray’s opener Issac Bryson smashed 3 fours for his 16 runs to set the pace.But Bryson’s runout was the turning point as Gordons took easy wickets to leave Ela Murray hanging at 5/44.  Damien Mangila did the damage for his side with figures of 2/6.In the end, it was too much for Ela Murray who ran out of overs to bat, finishing with 6/50.last_img read more

first_imgRecently, two youngsters, Cliff Paul and David Lee were flown out of Manus to join the team in training for possible inclusion in the team.Both are from Rambutso Island, in the Rapatona LLG where the team got its name.An executive member of the club, Chikui Posman said PKA Rapatona FC wants to provide a direct pathway for local talents in the Rapatona LLG to enter NSL and Port Moresby League where the club is also registered.“It is also part of the club’s social responsibility to develop young people to be better and useful citizens.“We will put them in an environment where they can train and develop themselves in and out of sports,” Posman said.last_img read more

first_imgJohnathan Pascalis from the Kassman Taekwondo club in the blue vest took on Colland Kokin of UPNG Taekwondo Club in red vest in the 80kg division yesterday.Kokin burst through the opening in round 1, giving no chance to Pascalis as he moved forward with his powerful fly kicks belting Pascalis onto the mat as he led the scoreline 9 points to 6 in round 1.In round, 2 Pascalis retaliated as he pushed forward with more kicks thrashing through Kokin’s dancing moves, putting himself back into the game with 2 points behind.However, Kokin could not let his supporters down as he fended off Pascalis’ kicks and drives, resulting in him knocking his opponent off the mat to beat him 16-14.Six teams participated in the tournament with 88 athletes, including females, in different categories.last_img read more

first_imgIt leaves the 28-year-old code hopper just three more games against world-class opposition on Sunday to show coach Ben Ryan he deserves a place in Fiji’s 12-man Olympic squad.Fiji did not need Hayne’s barnstorming brilliance to wrap up a back-to-back World Rugby Sevens series triumph.Big wins over Wales (42-5) and Australia (26-0), following an upset 31-10 loss to England, secured Fiji a quarter-final berth and put them out of reach of second-placed South Africa in the overall standings.Hayne was only used sparingly, with Ryan admitting the ex-San Francisco 49er has a long way to go before reaching optimum fitness.He managed four-and-a-half minutes in the loss against England, touching the ball just once.He had less time but more involvement against Wales, before a brief cameo in the last minute against Australia where he gave away a penalty.”It’s not about game time its about going out there and doing a job for the team,” Hayne said.”That was a good learning curve and when you’re rucking and trying to ruck the ball obviously you exert a lot of energy.”Its so much faster, it’s a lot quicker, (I’m) still getting used to it. I’m just being a sponge and learning as much as I can.”Coach ‘nowhere near judgement’ on HayneRyan conceded Hayne was facing a monumental task to realise his Rio Olympics dream.He only arrived in London on Monday after walking out of a lucrative contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL and his depleted fitness levels meant Ryan had to nurse Hayne through day one of the London Sevens.”His fitness is way down on our boys and that’s why we’re moderating what he’s doing, he was pretty sore come Friday after consecutive training in what’s been a light week for us,” Ryan said.He said he was “nowhere near a judgement” on Hayne’s Olympic credentials.”I’d be an idiot of a coach if having played five minutes in the World Series I can start to make assumptions on where he can go.”He’s a good footballer but we’ve got world class players, we’re the reigning world champions,” Ryan said.”It’s huge competition and sevens is our game in Fiji so to get into our side you’ve got to be absolutely blitzing it and from him that’s going to mean going from a yoyo test which they all do in NRL from a 16, where he is now, to a 22.”When we go into the Olympic camp there’s no hiding place, we don’t pick by face we pick by form and he’ll have six or seven weeks to prove himself.”If he gets into our side because of form in seven weeks time then he’s done remarkably well and if he doesn’t it just shows the quality we’ve got,” Ryan said.AAPlast_img read more

first_imgDiario As announced on its website yesterday that John Guidetti was one step away from playing on loan at Hannover 96 and the Vitorian entity made it official a few minutes ago through its social networks. When the club was questioned this morning about the number that Camarasa was going to wear on his shirt, it was said that “you had to wait for movements during the day to know it since, once registered, it would be the one for the whole season”. Well, it will take 10. The one that until now had the Swedish striker, who dreams of playing the Eurocup with his country’s squad. Guidetti arrived on loan to Alavés in the winter market a few years ago and left very good feelings for what the Vitorian club paid to Celta about 4 million euros to close his transfer. After several years in Vitoria, he has gone from less to more and now he hardly counted for Asier Garitano. Its withdrawal will be inconsequential in the day-to-day competitive of the albiazul group. The news has come almost at the same time that Diario As has advanced the landing of Roberto Jiménez, from West Ham. It will also be on loan, as Guidetti. El Alavés trusts Aritz, the subsidiary’s goalkeeper who travels with the team at 6 in the afternoon heading to Valencia to play tomorrow against Levante, but has never hidden that he was looking for a goalkeeper with more travel in the market.last_img read more

first_imgItalian Brescia announced Wednesday the dismissal of its coach Eugenio Corini, cessation that occurs for the second time in three months and due to the bad results of the Italian team in Serie A.The Lombard march set penultimate in the classification with just 15 points in 22 days and its sporting situation has caused the second impeachment of Corini, which He was already fired at the end of last November. Then, Brescia named Fabio Grosso, world champion with Italy in 2006, but he lost his first three games and the club decided to repear Corini again. He won his first two games, although of the following seven, he only managed to draw two and lost the other five, leaving the team tied for points with the SPAL. Now, the team chaired by Massimo Cellino should look for a technician who manages to get him away from the descent to Serie B.last_img read more

first_imgAnother intrahistory saves the second. Madrid came to the crash making the rubber, hoping to grab a Barcelona in Valverde that ruled the domestic championship with an iron hand. And Zidane tried to repeat what crowned him in the Spanish Super Cup: marking the man from Kovacic to Messi. The Zidane paid for it and dismounted in the second 45 minutes. Goal of Suarez in 54 ‘, Messi himself in 64′ and Aleix Vidal in the discount to practically sentence the League before Christmas and leave the coach assuming his approach error. The bad garter belt would be forgotten in the Kiev Olympic Stadium with the thirteenth (3-1). With Bale again substitute, although this time he put on the hero layer of the finals with his double to Liverpool.Reuters’); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Messi surpassed the marking of the Kovacic man and condemned Zidane’s tactical decision.Reuters If the Zidane player debuted with victory in his first Classic League in the Bernabéu (2-0) in November 2001, thanks to the goals of Morientes and Figo, The Zidane coach still does not know what it is to celebrate that situation. It is true that the sample is not wide. There are two occasions when Barça has visited Madrid with the Frenchman on the benches, but in both he has stolen the three points. The first complicated the only League won by Zidane on day 33 of 2016-17 (2-3), the second was a hard blow (0-3) in the first round from 17-18 of a league championship without history that tyrannized the Blaugrana team (scored 14 points at Atleti and 17 at Madrid). While the last of the four consecutive failures occurred almost a year ago. The Solari Madrid was disarmed before the solidity of Piqué and Lenglet and the effectiveness of Rakitic, which marked the only goal of the match (0-1). Vinicius and Reguilón, the triumphs of the Argentine, were not very remarkable of a white set that stood twelve of Barça and signed his league surrender. The Classic was the second summit of the trident that Solari could not overcome in his black week: elimination takes place on February 27, defeat in the League on March 2 and elimination in the Champions League on day 5. On the 11th, Zidane would return to take command of a white ship whose course is still trying to straighten. A victory on Sunday would end the ghosts surrounding Messi’s and company visits and allow Marseilles, and Madrid, take off the Barca spine at once. At the furthest in time came the whites launched and willing to sentence the League and left with the Catalans to three points and with a victim: Gareth Bale. The winger reached the game and his performance in the clash showed that his recovery was not total. Outcome? Replaced by Asensio in the 39th minute, wasting a change that could have revitalized his team later and undermining the confidence professed by Zidane and the stands of Santiago Bernabéu. Neither Bale sinceró, nor Zidane perceived it, but the biggest victim was the player. Madrid won the League and Champions double, but Cardiff’s was not the game in the final won to Juventus (1-4) at Millennium Stadium from his hometown. This Classic was the first chapter of a book of disagreements that this season does not stop accumulating weight. Sergio Perez & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Moment in which Gareth Bale leaves the pitch, injured.Sergio Perez (REUTERS)center_img Although not all episodes at the Bernabéu with these actors bitter Zizou. The Supercopa of Spain of 2017 was the confirmation of the superiority of a Real Madrid that lifted its seventh title with the Frenchman in front. Without Cristiano, but with Asensio. The Mallorcan knocked down the door of ownership in the absence of the Portuguese on the basis of left-handers, like the one that opened the scoring four minutes after the confrontation. If the Super Cup was sentenced from the first leg (1-3), the return served to confirm how Barcelona remained knocked out by Neymar’s departure. White party choral that surely dream to repeat to end the league curse.DANI SANCHEZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Madrid celebrated the achievement of its tenth Spanish Super Cup.DANI SANCHEZ (DAILY AS) No home wins since 2014-15And is that the ‘scenic fear’ of Santiago Bernabéu does not seem to affect the Football Club Barcelona lately. If the Blaugrana visits in the League are cursed for Zidane, they are no less so for Madrid as a whole. You have to look back to remember the last local victory in a Classic garter belt. Until October 25, 2014, more concretely. The team led by then by Carlo Ancelotti defeated Luis Enrique 3-1 and it was placed to a point of the azulgrana set. Cristiano, Pepe and Benzema would overcome both Neymar and achieved a victory that would not prevent Barça from raising the title with two points of advantage.TO the two games with Zidane in front must be added the 0-4 that suffered a Rafa Benitez that began convincing, but installed the runrún in the stands after the blushing defeat suffered at the hands of Luis Enrique and his. Luis Suarez twice, Neymar and Iniesta were, together with the Cheryshev case in the Cup, and the irregular garter march the main executioners of the Madrid coach.last_img read more