The master’s semi-finals saw Alotau thump Central (2) 38-11.Alotau will face off with Central (1)in the grand final.Central (1) defeated Kairuku Hiri 24-15 in the second semi-final.To the B Grade, Alotau proved too strong for newcomers Kavieng with a 26-10 win. Meanwhile, Lae edged out Central (1) 35-31.Alotau will now meet Lae in the B Grade Grand final.The A Grade division semi-finals again saw Alotau come out victors 28-13 over Lae.Alotau have set themselves up for a fiery encounter with Central in the grand final.Central were too strong for Kairuku Hiri handing them a 34-12 beating.The Master’s and B Grade grand final will be played at 2:30pm with the A Grade Grand final to follow straight after.
The grand final will be between defending premiers Lae City Dwellers and minor premiers MRDC Hekari United FC.The game will kick off at 3pm with gates to open at 12pm and close at 4pm.Tickets are selling at Telikom outlets at Boroko, Vision City and Telikom Rumana at K10 for outer stand, K20 for outer grandstand and K50 for the main grandstand.The last time they met in the minor premiership fight, Hekari thrashed Dwellers 5-0.Dwellers this time will have to fight even harder to defend the premiership title.They will bank on their top goal scorers; Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba.Hekari is in top form and have faith in their greats Tommy Semmy, Koriak Upaiga and David Muta to steal the premiership from the defending champions.
The PX girls beat Theodist two weeks ago in a thriller match by one point, 25-24 to secure a spot in the grand finale.Theodist went on to play Deloittes last weekend and came out winners, and so they will be challenging the PX girls again this Sunday to see who takes home the shield.Air Niugini were the minor premiers of Division 2 and the girls now look forward to taking on Theodist in the grand final.Early this month, the PX team received a new set of uniforms from the airline’s Customers and Markets Department.The ladies were all smiles when receiving uniforms from ANG Marketing Manager, Nori Maniana who congratulated them for making it to the grand final and for promoting the company’s brand in sports.Maniana said “We are pleased to know that our girls have secured a spot in the grand final and wish them all the best for the game this Sunday. The new netball uniform reflects Air Niugini’s corporate colour and it’s a great way to promote good sportsmanship as ANG brand ambassadors on the sports field.”Air Niugini Team Coach and player, Christabella Amona thanked the company for sponsoring their team this year. She said the girls have committed themselves to ensure they remain in the competition and make it to the grand finale, adding that the new uniforms only boost their morale to play even harder.“We acknowledge Air Niugini for the support and will do our best in the grand finale to win the game. We would also like to encourage all PX staff and families to come along and support us.” Ms Amona said.Air Niugini fielded two teams in the competition this year including division 2 and 3 respectively.The Port Moresby Private Netball competition comprises 73 teams, challenging each other in 11 divisions. The participants represent various private companies operating in the nation’s capital.
The school’s master, Sifu Steven Ngandang who has been practicing and molding young men and women since he joined in 1983, will also be putting up one last performance of his favourite style with his students.Under Sifu Steven Ngandang, students have been trained to develop their internal energy and also movements through the practices that will keep them in form to look dynamic, powerful and explosive.Moreover, the school teaches self-defense, promotes health and fitness, and discipline. It also helps students to conquer life’s problems physically, mentally and spiritually.Sifu Steven Ngandang will make his final vow as the PNG shaolin schools master who have developed the school to where it is today.Students will be graded according to their skills and performance level under Sifu Ngandang.
He made this comment following an article published in one of the dailies last Thursday.“The article said that I was suspended for three matches for inciting the crowd violence at the Minj oval during the game between my team and Enga Mioks,” Ray said. “The article alluded to the 2016 violence in Port Moresby between the Hagen Eagles and Rabaul Gurias preliminary final that I was one of those leaders involved.” Ray said bringing back such stories paints a bad picture and suggests that he should never be involved in the game of rugby league.“And this really hurts me,” he said.“This is my story and I hope it is told so that every supporter and fan of the ‘greatest game of all’, which is our national sport, know that we are not perfect and we learn lessons from mistakes and move on to be become better people.“The PNGNRLC Match Review Committee charged me with the offence – Detrimental Conduct Grading 5. I was charged for approaching the referee to clarify some rulings which I was not happy about. That costed me the three match suspension and I accepted the penalty.“The story that my actions incited the crowd violence was totally wrong and I confirmed with the Competition Manager Stanley Hondina that he did not say this. Therefore I ask reporters to recheck their facts before publishing them.“Also if I am the centre of attention in any related violent incidents when I am around, it would be courteous of the media to call me and get my side of the story. If the reporter is unclear about the charges given, please get clarification and publish the facts.“The story that I was one of the prime instigators of the preliminary final incident in 2016 needs to be clarified once and for all. And this can be verified by Stanley Hondina.“I was captain of the Hagen Eagles at the time. The incident was incited by our team manager which escalated and involved every person on and off the field. We were all charged with this violence and penalties handed down resulting in the Hagen Eagles franchise ‘dumped’ from the competition.”In 2017, the PNGRFL took the PNG NRLC Digicel Cup competition under its wings and reviewed many decisions the former PNG NRL board made. One of them was to rescind my suspension imposed on me. In simple terms, all charges against me and players like Junior Rau were dismissed.“We were cleared.”“Junior Rau registered and played with Hela Wigmen. Now he is a SP Hunter and last week debuted as a PNG Kumul. I decided to take a break from rugby league. I did not go into hiding.“In 2017, I was invited to attend the coaching courses run by the PNGRFL facilitated by David Westley and Toksy Nema, which I gladly accepted. These courses were beneficial. The benefits of these are shown by the performance of the Waghi team.“Like everybody else involved in this great game, I want to see it grow and prosper. I have learned from past mistakes, mistakes by other people.“I am still learning. I want to promote the image of the game. I am dealing with the challenges as best as I can. But the mistakes I make, I accept the criticisms and learn from them. “Let me say again that I have been cleared. I have no history of causing trouble. And I am trying my best to uphold that. I don’t want to be portrayed that wherever there is any violence, I am involved.“Get the facts right and please forgive and forget the past.“I am contemplating suing The National and their reporter for the damaging remarks in the article. We shall wait and see.“Thank you all for your support and let’s all work together to promote the game.” (Waghi Tumbe filepic)
The announcement was officially made today by the PNG LNG Kumul coach, Michael Marum.Martin replaces James Segeyaro, who was originally named as captain of the side.Being the most capped PNG Kumul player coupled with his vast NRL experience and great leadership quality, Martin stands out as the right candidate for captaincy.Speaking to the media after the team’s run today, PNG LNG Kumuls head coach, Marum, said with Martin’s good work ethics, loyalty and commitment to the national team since the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, he has been given the captain’s job on merit.Reacting to today’s announcement, Martin said it came as a pleasant surprise but he is very honoured and privileged to lead his country for the first time.Martin made his debut for the Kumuls back in 2014 against Tonga in Lae. In 2015 he was with the team that challenged Fiji.Martin last played for the Kumuls in the 2017 rugby league world cup. He played all four matches, scored two tries and kicked 16 goals. He also played last year’s PM’s 13 match against Australia.
Promoted Huddersfield Town extended their unbeaten record after three games of the Premier League season but could not manage a third successive win as visiting Southampton held out for a goalless draw.Seven points was still enough to put the Yorkshire side on top of the table on goal difference, at least until Manchester United play Leicester City in the late game.Huddersfield were the better side but goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept them at bay with saves from new signings Steve Mounie and Tom Ince.Nathan Redmond wasted two chances for the visitors, who otherwise failed to trouble the Town defence until the last minute, when Ryan Bertrand’s effort was cleared off the line.They also remain unbeaten after three games. Elsewhere, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reached a milestone of 500 Premier League points after Spanish striker Joselu, defender Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave them a 3-0 home win over West Ham.The Magpies chalked up their first points of the campaign but the result did not make happy reading for the Hammers, who suffered a third defeat in successive opening league games for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, when they were relegated.Joselu fired Newcastle ahead in his first start for the club with a 36th-minute goal of the highest quality, capping a fine move as Mikel Merino released Christian Atsu and the Ghana winger squared the ball into the heart of the penalty area.Clark headed in a superb Matt Ritchie cross from the right in the 73rd minute to make it 2-0 and late substitute Mitrovic put the icing on the cake when he rounded West Ham keeper Joe Hart and stroked the ball into an empty net.Watford meanwhile played with 10 men for three quarters of the game but held on comfortably for a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos was sent off for a wild tackle on Anthony Knockaert midway through the first half, home manager Marco Silva responding by subbing the skilful Nordin Amrabat for defender Craig Cathcart.Watford’s plans were undermined again when Cathcart was injured and had to be replaced by Andre Carrillo for his debut having signed on loan from Benfica.Either side of Britos’ red card Brighton hit the woodwork, first with Knockaert then through Tomer Hemed, but they struggled to carve out opportunities against a Watford side who defended deeply.Teenager Tammy Abraham scored his first Premier League goal with Swansea City’s first shot on target this season before Jordan Ayew’s second-half strike sealed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.The 19-year-old Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, volleyed in Leroy Fer’s cross on 44 minutes after a tepid first half at Selhurst Park.Ayew then latched on to a through ball after error-prone defending by Palace before rounding goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and poking the home on 48 minutes.The home side sprung to life when French midfielder Yohan Cabaye was brought on in the second half but with few clearcut chances, Palace never really looked like avoiding their third successive loss of the season.
An first-half try to Boyd Cordner and desperate defence helped Australia win their 11th rugby league World Cup title with a 6-0 victory over England in a bruising final at Lang Park in Brisbane on Saturday.Both sides smashed each other into exhaustion with punishing defence and a fast-paced game with Australia centre Josh Dugan saving two probable tries with his positional sense and a desperate ankle tap on his opposite number Kallum Watkins.The only thing that separated the sides was Cordner’s 15th-minute try as they both controlled the ball well, but England rued stupid errors or poor decisions early in the tackle count inside the Kangaroos’ 20-metre area.“It’s amazing to finally get a World Cup victory on home soil,” Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith said. “It was one of the toughest football games I’ve played in my career. A really pleasing victory for the boys.“We spoke about defence winning games and winning tournaments and we just kept turning them (England) around.”Smith’s team had been virtually unbackable favourites for the final after they romped through the tournament, while England had to overcome the weight of history with a 12-game losing streak to the Kangaroos and not having won the title since 1972 as part of the Britain team.The intensity of the game was set in the first hitup by England prop James Graham when he smashed into four Australian tacklers and reeled away with a cut above his left eye after an accidental head clash with Matt Gillett.The Kangaroos, who hammered away for much of the opening quarter at England’s line, however opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Cordner crashed over during their third successive set of possession.A superb chase game by England on Luke Gale’s tactical kicks, however, gave Wayne Bennett’s side field position only for errors and penalties to allow Australia to escape.Kangaroos standoff Michael Morgan crossed early in the second half but video referee Ben Thaler called it back for interference earlier in the play.Jermaine McGillvary and Watkins also stormed into open field, only for desperate Australian defence to again snuff out the opportunities.“Tough one to take,” England’s Graham said. “Both teams played well. 6-0 doesn’t advertise it as a great game but what a spectacle.”
The Channel island of Jersey failed in its bid to join UEFA on Monday when its application was rejected by the annual Congress of European football’s governing body.Jersey FA president Phil Austin told the Congress that football on the island of about 100,000 people was in danger of declining without international competition but members rejected the application after being told it would violate UEFA statutes.There was confusion as only 50 votes were counted from UEFA’s 55 member associations. Forty-nine delegates raised symbolic red cards when asked to vote on Jersey’s application, one abstained and there were none in favour.“We are ready to modernise to change football but we are not above our own statutes, this is a big change,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.Jersey, a 45-square-mile (117 square kilometres) island off the coast of Normandy in France, is a British Crown Dependency which sits outside the United Kingdom and the European Union.Members were told that Article 5 of the UEFA statutes limits membership to FAs which are based in a country “recognised as an independent state by the majority of members of the United Nations”.Austin argued that Jersey has its own government and parliament, makes its own laws and sets its own taxes.“Jersey competes internationally in a number of other sports on a regular basis,” he said. “Why should football take a different view?”Austin said Jersey had lost opponents over the last few years, including Faroe Islands and Gibraltar who have become UEFA members.“We’ve reached a critical stage in the progress of our game where without regular international competition, football will decline…indeed it’s started to happen.”Austin told Reuters he was disappointed but not surprised.“The fact that it wasn’t unanimous was positive…certainly, three or four associations told us they were going to vote for us,” he said.“We have got to find a way of taking it forward. We understand Greenland are thinking of applying, so I think there will be others.”
When AS Roma agreed to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last June they could well have anticipated that the Egyptian would go on to be a big success with the Premier League club.What they surely didn’t expect would be that Salah and Liverpool would stand between them and a place in the Champions League final.But on Tuesday at Anfield Roma’s primary task will be to stop the prolific Salah from adding to his impressive 41 goals in all competitions.The Italian side are a surprise arrival in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition after a stunning comeback against Spanish giants Barcelona in the last round.Liverpool pulled off their own surprise as Salah, voted Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Sunday, scored in both legs of his team’s 5-1 aggregate quarter-final win over Premier League champions Manchester City.Juergen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, expects Roma’s defenders to give Salah an early reminder, if any were needed, that friendships end once the players are on the field.“I am pretty sure the Italian defenders are famous for not having friendly games, so I think Mo will feel early in the game that they are not his team mates any more and then he can strike back in a football way,” the German said.Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson said that Salah fully deserved the PFA Award and hopes that his wonderful form can continue until the end of the season.“He has been fantastic. His record and stats speak for themselves, and his performances also,” Henderson said. “He has been a massive player and can hopefully continue that form for the next few weeks.”Salah was less prolific in Italy’s Serie A during his two seasons with Roma, but his 34 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions for the club impressed Klopp and earned the Egyptian a 42 million euro move to Anfield.Salah has struck eight times in the Champions League this season – second only to Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, who has 15 goals.But with strike partner Robero Firmino also scoring eight and Sadio Mane seven, Liverpool have the most potent attack in the competition with 33 goals.“The front three have been outstanding, creating chances, scoring goals. It has worked well,” said Henderson.“We have to continue playing as we always have this season, no matter who we have played. It is a big test against a really good side in Roma, but one I feel we are ready for.”