Month: May 2020

Madang picked to stage world surfing event

first_imgThis world surfing event is expected to attract 300 people including athletes, tourists, officials and international media.The event is scheduled for the 2016-2017 season which starts in November 2016 and runs  to April 2017. Exact dates for the event are yet to be confirmed.WSL representative Steve Robertson is in the country to assess the TSC site at Ulingan Bay which is located about 180 kilometres north of Madang Town.The club is a two hour scenic drive from Madang Airport by sealed road along the north coast of Madang.Robertson is accompanied by Surfing Association PNG (SAPNG) patron and founder of TSC Justice Nicholas Kirriwom and SAPNG president Andrew Abel.The team travelled out today and will be there for four days to assess the logistics including security issues, accommodation and the surf site, meet the locals and discuss all the planning and event management.“It has been a nine year process to get this far since SAPNG staged its last national titles in 2011 at Tupira and we believe we are ready to invite the world here to PNG,” Abel said.Robertson says he is privileged to be in the country and thanked SAPNG for the invitation.“I have heard so much about how great the surf is and how beautiful the coastline is so I’m looking forward to visiting the area,” said Robertson.Justice Kirriwom said on behalf of TSC they’re honoured to have been chosen out of 11 other surfing clubs in the country and are looking forward to the event.last_img read more

POM cricket completes week 9 of comp

first_imgIn the men’s premier division, Dulux United are sitting in first place on 36 competition points from 6 wins, no losses and 1 bye.The top 5:Dulux United (36), Pacific MMI Coasters (30), Pure Water Raukele (24), Badili Hardware Wanderers (24) and Hoods (18).The U19 men’s division ladder sees Badili Hardware Wanderers on top with 24 points. This comes off 5 wins and 1 loss by forfeit.The top 5:Badili Hardware Wanderers (24), IBS Poreporena (18), Dulux United (18), Pacific MMI Coasters (18) and Pure Water Raukele (12). Badili Hardware Wanderers are also leaders in the men’s reserve division.The top 5:Badili Hardware Wanderers (36), JND Imanakone (36), IBS Poreporena (30), Hoods (30) and Dulux United (18).The women’s division is being led by Dulux United who have racked up 36 points from 6 wins and 1 loss.The top 5:Dulux United (36), Hoods (36), Pacific MMI Coasters (36), IBS Poreporena (24) and Badili Hardware Wanderers (18).last_img read more

Mixed Netball tournament to start next month

first_imgAlso known as the ‘NovNetFest,’ the tournament will start on November 5 and run for four weekends with the grand final on November 26.Vice treasurer of the POMNA, Christabella Amona said 25 teams have already expressed interest to take part in this year’s tournament.She said registration is K500 a team and the deadline for registration is October 31.“Last year, we had 36 teams take part in the inaugural tournament with Veupanama winning the grand final.“We are hoping for a lot more teams this year,” said Amona.Prize money for the tournament:1st place- Shied plus K2, 500, 2nd place- K2, 000, 3rd place- K1, 500 and 4th place- K1, 000.last_img

EAP lose second match of Australian cricket champs

first_imgEAP won the toss and made the decision to bat first hoping to set a competitive target for the opposition.The opening pair of Kipling Doriga (7) and Dogodo Bau (12) again failed to get things going and EAP soon found themselves in similar waters from their first match.Despite some fight from Nalin Nipiko (48) and Hiri Hiri (27), EAP were eventually all bowled out inside 43 overs for 147.South Australia’s Andrew Frick was the thorn in EAP’s side finishing the innings with 3/36.Despite the loss of their openers, South Australia was never in any trouble chasing down the target comfortably.Cameron Sumner (48) and Ben Pengelley (67) guided South Australia to victory after only 20.3 overs bowled.last_img

Nou Camp deserted as Barcelona play in front of empty seats amid Catalonia vote

first_imgBarcelona was adamant its league game against Las Palmas should not go ahead amid protests against the Spanish Government’s attempt to halt Catalonia’s independence vote.La Liga disagreed. In the Spanish capital, hated rivals Real Madrid handed out cards with Spanish flag colours to its supporters as Los Blancos fans sang songs in support of their nation.So Barcelona did the next best thing. They closed the doors to their 99,354-seat stadium, and played their La Liga match in front of masses of empty seats.The club said playing in an empty stadium was a way to show its discontent with the incidents in Catalonia.”We tried to suspend the game all day long but it wasn’t possible,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said.”We could lose points if we didn’t play, so we decided to play behind closed doors as a way to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened [in Catalonia].”Key points:FC Barcelona wanted La Liga match against Las Palmas postponed amid Spanish Government’s attempts to halt independence voteClub was denied request, instead closed its doors and played in front of empty seats in Europe’s biggest stadiumHated rival Real Madrid hands out Spanish flags to its fans in show of national unityBarcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0, with a brace to Lionel Messi following Sergio Busquets’ opener.By day’s end, Catalonia’s health services said 844 people had been treated in hospitals for injuries, including two in serious condition, asSpanish authorities tried to stop the independence vote that the central government said was unconstitutional. Thirty-three police were also injured.Barcelona had openly backed the referendum and criticized the Spanish government for trying to impede the vote.Centre-back Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken players defending the referendum, called Sunday’s incidents “shameful”.”Today was my worst experience as a professional,” said Pique, who could not hold back tears as he talked about the incidents in Catalonia.”It was a tough day. I am and I feel Catalan, and I’ve never felt prouder of the people of Catalonia.”Las Palmas added a Spanish flag to the shirts that the players wore against Barcelona to show its support for a unified Spain.”It was very strange,” Busquets said. “This game was marked by all that happened today [in Catalonia].”Why are Real Madrid and Barcelona worlds apart?In the capital, hated rivals Real Madrid appeared a symbolic polar opposite to Barcelona as its fans displayed Spanish flag colours before the team’s match against Espanyol, another Catalan club.There were very few Espanyol fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but they displayed at least one flag with the red and yellow colours of Catalonia.The ‘El Clasico’ rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona transcends sport. Barcelona’s burgeoning reputation as a symbol of Catalan identity in the 1930s opposed the capital’s biggest club, and an FC Barcelona club president was arrested and executed by Francisco Franco’s troops.During Franco’s reign, regional languages and identities in Spain were frowned upon. It was in this period that Barcelona forged its motto ‘Mes que un club’ (‘More than a club’). The words are emblazoned on the Nou Camp’s seats, which were very visible during the match against Las Palmas.Many Barcelona fans regarded Real Madrid as an establishment club, and over the years the rivalry has been further fuelled by spats over players and transfers, including a heated dispute over the registration of superstar Alfredo Di Stefano, and Portuguese forward Luis Figo’s move from Barca to Real.Game didn’t need to be behind closed doors, police sayBartomeu said police had guaranteed the safety of fans and everyone else involved in the La Liga match at the Camp Nou, and the club could have allowed them in if it wanted.”FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression,” the club said in a statement.”Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to postpone the game.”Barcelona made the closed-doors announcement with less than 30 minutes to kick off, with thousands of supporters already waiting outside the stadium.”We were aware of what happened here today, we don’t live in an igloo,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It was very difficult, a strange situation for everyone.”The Spanish league said it was in contact with local authorities and there was no reason to postpone the game because of safety reasons.Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is often used as a rallying point for Catalan nationalists.Spanish media said Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi resigned after the club decided to play the game under these conditions.Las Palmas said the match had become more than a sporting event, especially because of the recent statements by Barcelona expressing its support for the referendum.The Canary Islands club said the club did not want to limit itself to being a “quiet witness at an historic crossroads”. It said that by wearing the flag it was showing its unequivocal support for a “united Spain”.Las Palmas said that even though it is based far from the mainland, it “never felt the slightest temptation to become another country”.”We are doing this to show the world that we are hurt by what is happening,” the club said in its statement.The Catalan football federation cancelled all local games organised by the federation, most of them involving youth squads and lower divisions.The Spanish league said late on Sunday that the second-division game between Gimnastic and Barcelona’s “B” team was suspended because of lack of security at Gimnastic’s stadium in Catalonia.AP/ABClast_img read more

Athletics PNG’s 2018 focus

first_imgThis means there will be a cut to overseas trips and contingent for international tournaments and competitions.Attention is now being turned towards planning for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.Apart from the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in April which will feature eleven PNG athletes, Team PNG will send a similar contingent for the Melanesian Championship in May and a Two  member team for the World Junior Championships in July and the Olympic Youth Games in October.Athletics PNG President Tony Green said the size of the athletics contingent for all international competitions will be reduced due to funding restraints.In preparation for the Pacific Games, Athletics PNG is looking towards identifying the weaknesses in the squad and target athletes who can strengthen the team in those areas.Athletes who wish to be considered for the Pacific Games next year will be expected to compete in domestic competitions in their respective centres, purposely for consistency.Meanwhile the Athletics Team for the Commonwealth Games will be announced in the next week or so.last_img read more

Dortmund’s Bartra doing ‘much better’ after wrist surgery

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra said he is “doing much better” after suffering a wrist and arm injury when the team bus was attacked with explosives on Tuesday shortly before the start of the Champions League clash with AS Monaco.Bartra, who joined Dortmund for 8 million euros from Barcelona at the start of the season, was operated on for a broken wrist and shrapnel in his arm.“Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better,” the 26-year-old Spanish international wrote on Instagram.The accompanying photo showed Bartra bandaged up most of his right arm and around his left wrist. He was giving the thumbs-up sign.“Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight’s match!”The match is rescheduled for later on Wednesday at Dortmund’s Signa Iduna Park.last_img read more

Garcia denies racially abusing Barca’s Umtiti

first_imgEspanyol striker Sergio Garcia has denied Spanish media reports that he racially abused Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti during the Catalan derby on Sunday.Garcia became embroiled in a heated argument with the French centre back on the pitch in the 1-1 draw at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella.“First of all to clarify, I already spoke with Samuel yesterday,” Garcia said on Instagram below a picture of the two players.“In no way was it my intention to be racist. You all know my wife is from gypsy roots and I grew up in a neighbourhood with every race in the world.“My brother-in-law, who I have a firm friendship with, is African-American too. In the tension of the game a lot of things are said that should stay on the pitch.”Spanish media said Barca defender Gerard Pique had to separate a furious Umtiti from Garcia, who later came to the Barcelona dressing-room to make peace with his opponent.Pique’s 82nd-minute goal earned Barcelona a point after Gerard Moreno headed home Garcia’s cross to give Espanyol the lead in a feisty derby played on a waterlogged pitch.last_img read more

Celtic win unprecedented ‘double treble’ with cup final success

first_imgCELTIC cruised to a record-breaking second successive domestic treble on Saturday as they beat Motherwell 2-0 to win the Scottish Cup final.First-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham were enough to earn the runaway Scottish Premiership champions a third trophy of the season, repeating last year’s treble – unprecedented in Scottish soccer.Motherwell hit the woodwork in the second half as they staged a spirited rally, but as in the League Cup final in November, Celtic triumphed against the same side by the same score.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has steered the Glasgow side to his sixth domestic trophy in two seasons in charge.last_img

Goerges ends Bertens’ Wimbledon run to reach first major semi

first_imgGerman 13th seed Julia Goerges ended the giant-killing run of her close friend Kiki Bertens to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final with a 3-6 7-5 6-1 win at Wimbledon on Tuesday.The two often go out for dinner together when they are playing at the same tournaments but there was no room for sharing any friendly banter as both eyed a place in the last four of the most famous tennis tournament.Dutchwoman Bertens, who had gained an appetite for eating up higher-ranked players having beaten ninth seed Venus Williams and number seven Karolina Pliskova over the past week, appeared well on her way to swallowing up another when she won the first set against Goerges.She also recovered from 4-1 down in the second to level up proceedings but Goerges kept on believing to subdue her pal and she booked a semi-final date with Serena Williams after watching a lunging Bertens roll the ball into the net on match point.Goerges’ win kept alive the possibility of Wimbledon staging an all-German women’s final on Saturday as twice major winner Angelique Kerber takes on Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi.last_img read more