The first is Gulf Isapea captain, Bernard Goma, who started training with the Hunters last Tuesday while confirmation is yet to be received from Lae Snax Tigers, Junior Rop, who is expected to join the Hunters camp on Monday (tomorrow).“Both these players have been very impressive with their respective franchise clubs.“They join the Hunters camp to fit into our training structures and regime,” said Marum.Marum added that both players will play for their franchise clubs unless the opportunity arises where they may get to play for the SP Hunters during the rest of the season.
This time the defending champions hammered tail enders Blue Kumuls 5-nil in what was a one-sided affair.Poro again demonstrated what a champion side is with skillful defense and attack, resulting in what could have been more goals, but credit must go to young goal keeper Ismael Thai who saved several definite goals.The boys from Bumbu Barracks had opportunities to score with striker Colin Rimbao kept at bay by Poro’s strong backline.A good footwork by Troy Gunemba, back from a two-week suspension, to Obed Dika, saw Poro opening their goal tally in the 14th minute.Fifteen minutes later, Peter Dabinyaba Jr scored to extend their lead to 2-nil at half time.Again the boys in blue allowed complacency in the second when they were showing signs of a strong comeback in the second half.Poro meant business and showed no mercy in the final half with three goals to consolidate their win as they are currently running fourth on the competition ladder.The remaining games before the finals series start early next month. The boys in white must win all their games as the top ladder is open and is anybody’s race between leaders City United, Bumayong United, Zilu Scientific West and newcomers Eriku Wawens.CAPTION: Blue Kumuls Robert Daba (blue) dribbles the ball as a Poro player comes in to attack in yesterday’s (Sunday) LFA men’s A league competition. Poro won 5-nil.
In a first for PNG, the Men’s and Women’s Longboard World Championship Tour will take place in Madang in March.But President of the SAPNG, Andrew Abel, says this is only the beginning.“This is the beginning…the next one we’re planning for 2018 in Kavieng in New Ireland province and following that, it will probably be staged in Vanimo or even Bougainville.“What we are essentially trying to do here is that, with the support of the national government, through the stewardship of the Tourism Promotion Authority, is to showcase the true spirit and culture of PNG in the rural areas where 85 percent of our population reside,” said Abel.Abel added that the SAPNG will be heading to Bougainville in April of this year to hand over surfboards to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, with the view of rolling out the SAPNG’s plans and policies.“This will be the groundwork to then stage, potentially in 2019 or 2020, the next World Surf League event in Bougainville.”
They beat the SSY Brother 11 – nil to claim the Gold Pass, which was played last weekend at the Jiwaka Challenge in Baning during the Jiwaka Challenge.The match between Jaka Miners and Gumine Wisomo was called off due to technical Issues, with the CEO to receive a full report from his match officials and the Coordinator Michael Goima, where he will make a decision on the outcome of the matches.The local judiciary met and deliberated on the matter but could not come up with a conclusion.Therefore, the decision is now with the national judiciary chaired by Jiwaka PPC Superintendent Joseph Tondop who will deliberate and pass a resolution on the matches to see who will receive the Gold Pass.The Western Highlands Challenge will be played in Baning Jiwaka Province.Below are the remaining challenges before the knockout Stages:NCD & Central Port Moresby Feb 10, 2017Western Highlands Baning Feb 10, 2017East Sepik Maprik Feb17, 2017Southern Highlands Minj Feb 17, 2017Morobe Madang Feb 24, 2017Coca Cola Ipatas Cup CEO, Timothy Lepa wishes the teams all the best in their respective challenges and call for rugby league to be played in its true spirit.
The event which is a being promoted as a commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Track will feature PNG’s Katua (60kg), Charles Keama (52kg), Beupu Noki (56kg), John Ume (64kg) and female Laizani Soma (60kg) who will put on their gloves to face boxers from New South Wales and other states.Assistant coach, Mark Keto said he has been relishing the opportunity he has been given in the weeklong training camp leading up to tonight.“We are not only here (in Sydney) for boxing but will remember the great sacrifices made by Australian soldiers and Papua New Guineans on the Kokoda Track 75 years ago.“I encourage Papua New Guineans and even Australians who have close connections with our country either now or in the past to turn up at this event to support a great cause.“I thank Peter Morrison from Network Kokoda and his organisation for this great initiative to help soldiers and other Kokoda projects for giving us this opportunity to further our boxing knowledge,” said Keto.Keto also thanked the PNG Olympic Committee who provided the bulk of the funding as part of boxing’s preparations for the 2017 Mini Pacific Games in Vanuatu in December and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.“All of them know they are competing for a place in the Oceania team so I am expecting them to go all out on Friday,” said Keto.
German champions Bayern Munich sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday, a day after they suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League.The club issued a statement on Thursday saying performances this season had failed to live up to expectations with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pinpointing Wednesday’s defeat in Paris as evidence of the team’s struggles.Bayern, who have won the last five consecutive Bundesliga titles, are currently in third place in the Bundesliga, three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.They threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against VfL Wolfsburg last week, however, having also suffered a surprise defeat at Hoffenheim earlier this month.Italian Ancelotti joined last season, succeeding Pep Guardiola, and enjoyed immediate success, winning the Bundesliga title in his debut campaign.His side, however, were less successful in Europe and were eliminated in the quarter-finals of 2016/17 Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid.Frenchman Willy Sagnol, Ancelotti’s assistant who joined this season, will be taking over on an interim basis and will be in charge on Sunday against Hertha Berlin, Bayern said.“The performances of the team since the season start did not correspond to the expectations,” said Rummenigge.“The Paris match showed clearly there needed to be consequences. (Sports director) Hasan Salihamidzic and myself informed Carlo today of our decision in an honest and serious discussion…“Carlo is a friend of mine and will remain so but we had to take a professional decision for Bayern Munich. I now expect from the team a positive development and absolute passion so that we reach our goals.”The 58-year-old Ancelotti, who has also coached Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea among others, has been criticised for a number of his decisions this season, including frequently keeping forward Thomas Mueller on the bench. He also left Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, his two most experienced wingers, on the bench at the start against PSG in a tactical decision that swiftly backfired.PSG took the lead after two minutes through Dani Alves and added further goals from Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
Former All Blacks prop Keith Murdoch, who was sent home in disgrace from the team’s tour of Britain in 1972 for punching a security guard in Cardiff, has died – New Zealand Rugby said on Friday.He was 74.“New Zealand Rugby mourns the loss of former All Black Keith Murdoch,” NZR said on their Twitter page.Murdoch, who played 27 matches for the All Blacks, including three Tests, actually scored a try in his final match, a 19-16 victory over Wales in Cardiff.Murdoch was celebrating the victory when he was refused entry to the Angel Hotel in central Cardiff and knocked the security guard down.Team manager Ernie Todd initially disciplined Murdoch but two days later sent him home.Players on the tour believe the British media’s reporting of the incident and Todd’s health, he was suffering from cancer, had been factors in him changing his initial decision.Murdoch, however, did not return to New Zealand as scheduled, having got off the plane en route and disappeared into obscurity in rural Australia, becoming an enigma in rugby-mad New Zealand.The tighthead prop was tracked to an oil drilling operation near Perth by famed New Zealand rugby journalist T.P. McLean in the late 1970s and confronted by a spanner-wielding Murdoch, who advised him to “get back on the bus”.“I got back on the bus,” McLean wrote at the time.He was found again in rural Queensland in the 1990s by journalist Margot McRae, but declined to be interviewed on camera. McRae wrote a play about the encounter.Murdoch was last seen in public in 2001 when he appeared as a witness at a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory over the death of a young Aboriginal man who had been caught breaking into Murdoch’s home.Murdoch was never named as a suspect, but said little during the inquest and then disappeared from public sight again
Teenager Kylian Mbappe confirmed his status as the new star of international football with a superb goal and impressive display in France’s 4-2 World Cup final triumph over Croatia on Sunday.At the end of a World Cup in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi headed home after the first knockout round and Brazilian Neymar failed to deliver, the game perhaps needed a new talent to excite the global public.The 19-year-old from Bondy, on the gritty north-east outskirts of Paris, has provided it with his terrifying pace, superb touch and clinical finishing in ample evidence.With his goal, Mbappe became the first teenager since the great Brazilian Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final.Mbappe, who netted four goals in Russia, was also voted the young player of the tournament, recognition of his excellent performances, particularly in the knockout stages.Former Germany World Cup player and coach Juergen Klinsmann, working as a BBC pundit at the tournament, believes the Paris St Germain forward can become one of the greats of the game.“There is so much to come down the road. He is shaking up the market. With Ronaldo moving (to Juventus) and (Paris St Germain’s) Neymar being linked with other clubs, where is it finishing with this kid?”The striker, who joined PSG from Monaco in a multi-million dollar deal among the biggest the game has seen, showed his finishing ability on the biggest stage of all with a low drive in the 65th minute for his team’s fourth goal.He ended the game dancing around the field in delight with his team mates as he celebrated becoming a world champion“I’m very happy. The road was long but it was worth it. We are proud to make the French happy. We had this role to help them forget all their problems. We play for that kind of thing,” said the forward.“I do not just want to be in football but rather to be world champion. I want to do even better, but world champion is already good. We’re going to celebrate, we’ve been working all season and now it’s time to celebrate this summer.”
Rory McIlroy insists Europe would be “silly” to focus on beating a rejuvenated Tiger Woods as they look to maintain their brilliant home record and regain the Ryder Cup in Paris.McIlroy was in the final group with Woods on Sunday as the 14-time major winner won his first title since 2013 and 80th on the PGA Tour in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.It was a win which reverberated around the sporting world given that Woods himself had reportedly told Jack Nicklaus “I’m done” in April 2017, before undergoing spinal fusion surgery in a last-ditch bid to save his career.The following month’s DUI arrest only deepened the sense that Woods’ incredible career was over, but, after returning to action in November, his performances this season, including leading the Open with eight holes to play and finishing second in the US PGA, indicated that was certainly not the case.Sunday’s win proved it beyond doubt, but Woods had a poor Ryder Cup record even at the peak of his powers and won just half a point from four matches in his last appearance at Medinah in 2012.“This week he’s one of 12,” McIlroy said. “We’re not looking at any individuals. We’re just trying to beat the US team. It’s great what he did on Sunday. It was great for golf. It brings a lot of excitement to the game.“I think to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him at any point this week because I mightn’t be on the course with him or play against him. We’re looking to beat the US team. We’re not looking to just beat Tiger Woods.”Asked if there was an element of intimidation to playing alongside Woods on Sunday, McIlroy, who struggled to a closing 74, joked: “That East Lake rough was really tough, yeah. That was the most intimidating part about it.“I started hitting a few drives left and right early and I didn’t actually have quite a good view from the trees on Sunday. I couldn’t really see what was happening too much.”Woods has tasted victory just once in seven Ryder Cup appearances as a player, at Brookline in 1999, but was a vice-captain when the United States won 17-11 at Hazeltine.And McIlroy admits that defeat, the first he had experienced in the contest, has been on his mind ever since the home team’s celebrations began.“I’ve been excited for this for basically since the last day in Hazeltine when we weren’t the ones spraying champagne for a change,” the 29-year-old said.“It doesn’t seem that it’s been that long or this is going to be my fifth Ryder Cup, but they have all been wonderful experiences for different reasons and I’m sure this time will be no different.“Going into my first Ryder Cup I didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I still thought it was this team event that really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things. I was more concerned about individual titles and all that.“Once I got on to that first tee at Celtic Manor on Friday morning, I thought, ‘Oh, this is a little different than I expected’.”McIlroy has played in every possible session in his four Ryder Cup appearances to date and is likely to play five times in Paris, although he concedes that he “hit a wall” in his highly-charged singles loss to Patrick Reed at Hazeltine.“I could play [at a high level] for nine holes and then it suddenly hit me,” McIlroy said. “It sort of reached its crescendo on the eighth green, and the last 10 holes weren’t quite as good.“I look back at the last Ryder Cup and it wasn’t just Sunday. It was Friday and Saturday. I’m surprised I had a voice left at the end of the week. It looked tiring to have to play golf like that for three days.“So I think I learnt a lot from that. It’s good to get excited, but at the same time, if I need to be called upon to play a late match on Sunday or whatever it is, I want to have all my energy in reserve so that I can give everything for 18 holes because I did hit a wall that back nine on Sunday and it cost me.”