Coached by Peter Gunemba and supervised by master coach Flemming Seritslav PNG will be among eight other Oceania countries to participate in the 13th edition of the biennial international tournament.Participating countries include Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Cook Islands.The qualifier will start on September 3 to 17.In the new format, FIFA has given two places for Oceania teams as two top teams in the competition will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 men’s World Cup in South Korea.The PNG U20 Men’s team include; Jonathan Pole, 2. Edward Lakae, 3. Felix Komolong, 4. Kenneth Pilailo, 5. George Korei, 6. Edward Joshua, 7. Gabby Yanum, 8. Gregory Togubai, 9. Peter Dabinyaba Jnr,10. Winston Somase, 11. Alu Awi, 12. Moses Tupa, 13. Stahl Gubag, 14. Darius James, 15. Jonah Iha,16. Giwi Simon, 17. Oswald Bade, 18. Punjimil Kepiniu, 19. Jaggen NaluHead coach: Peter Gunemba
Month: May 2020
Last year, 155 nominations were received from around Papua New Guinea.‘We’re looking forward to a lot of entries coming in. There was a lot that happened last year in sports.“My committee is ready to convene and give you all the finalists for each category in a couple of months’ time.”He issued a reminder that there are qualifications to meet before an individual, team or media organization is nominated. “There are specific rules that must be complied with before nominating.”Koiri finished by expressing his thanks to SP Brewery for their continued support to the awards since 1992.“Thank you for your support to sports in this country.”The closing date for nominations is March 16. This year’s SP Sports Awards will be held on May 26.
The duo played for the ICC Women’s Global Development Squad (WGDS) in their opening matches against Surrey Stars on Tuesday at New Maiden, Surrey in the United Kingdom.In the first match, hosts Surrey Stars batted first and made 6/134 off their allotted 20 overs. Oa was the star with the ball for the ICC WGDS, taking an incredible 3/28 off her four overs, while Arua had figures of 0/15 off her two overs.In reply, ICC WGDS chased down the target in less than 18 overs with Ireland’s Gabby Lewis (50*) and Scotland’s Sarah Bryce (45) leading the way.In the second match ICC WGDS batted first and posted 5/160 off their 20 overs with Lewis top scoring with 77 runs off just 51 balls. In reply, Surrey Stars fell two runs short in the chase, managing 5/158 with Oa taking 1/39 of her four overs while Arua finished with 0/23 off three overs.The ICC WGDS have a day off yesterday before taking on Loughborough Lightning in two matches today and then finishing off with their final match against Western Storm on Friday.Match ResultsMatch 1Surrey Stars 6/134 (20) Ravini Oa 3/28 (4), Kaia Arua 0/15 (2) defeated by ICC Women’s Global Development Squad 3/135 (17.2) Gaby Lewis 50*(36), Sarah Bryce 45 (28) by seven (7) wickets with 16 balls remainingMatch 2ICC Women’s Global Development Squad 5/160 (20) Gaby Lewis 77 (51), Shauna Kavanagh 20 (21) defeated Surrey Stars 5/158 (20) Ravini Oa 1/39 (4), Kaia Arua 0/23 (3) by two (2) runsSquad1. Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh)2. Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh)3. Kaia Arua (PNG)4. Sarah Bryce (Scotland)5. Gertrude Candiru (Uganda)6. Sterre Kalis (Netherlands)7. Khadiza-Tul Kubra (Bangladesh)8. Gaby Lewis (Ireland)9. Immaculate Natisuvi (Uganda)10. Ravini Oa (PNG)11. Lucy O’Reilly (Ireland)12. Esha Oza (UAE)13. Heather Siegers (Netherlands)Remaining FixturesThursday 19th July, 2018 Match 3- ICC Women’s Global Development Squad vs Loughborough Lightning @ Haslegrave, LoughboroughMatch 4- ICC Women’s Global Development Squad vs Loughborough Lightning @ Haslegrave, LoughboroughFriday 20th July, 2018 Match 5- ICC Women’s Global Development Squad vs Western Storm @ Bath CC
The second round of the Cyprus football championship begins this weekend with most games expected to be hard-fought contested and this despite not having a stand-out game.Pafos FC and AEK kick-off Round 12 on Saturday with both sides eager to bounce back following their defeats last week but for entirely different reasons though.Pafos FC are just a point off the bottom and this despite heavy investment by their Russian owners in the summer where they brought in more than 20 players. They humbled Omonia in Nicosia and drew with Apoel in Pafos but against supposedly weaker teams they failed dismally.AEK were enjoying a rich vein of form up until last week when they went down 2-0 to relegation-threatened Enosis.Despite having to play their last European game next Thursday their coach Antoni Iraola is expected to field his strongest possible side.Enosis will be looking to take another big scalp after AEK as they face third-placed Apollon in Paralimni. Enosis impressed against AEK and they should fancy their chances especially as Apollon will be missing seven players through suspension or injury. Bottom of the table Alki reignited their survival hopes with an unexpected yet well-deserved win against Nea Salamina last week. They now face Omonia, who seem destined for yet another poor season having already dropped a long way behind the front runners. Should the Nicosia team suffer their fifth defeat of the season they may even start feeling the pressure of relegation.Second-placed Apoel will be hoping to build on their emphatic 5-1 drubbing of Apollon last Monday against the pleasant surprise of the season Nea Salamina.In the corresponding first round fixture Apoel were fortunate to pick up the three points, but with all their players finally back from injury, they appear to be overcoming their early season woes and will be favourites for the win.In the final weekend game Anorthosis take on Doxa Katokopias at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium. The Famagusta team are clawing their way up the table following a poor start to the season but they will need to be at their best if they are to record their fifth win of the season.The final game of the round will take place on Monday between leaders AEL and last but one Ermis Aradipppou. AEL will probably need the win to retain top spot as three points for either Apoel or Apollon over the weekend will be enough to knock them off the top.
South Africa laid the groundwork with traditional Springbok rugby and finished an out-gunned England side off with two late tries to win the World Cup for the third time courtesy of a 32-12 victory on Saturday.Wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossed in the last 15 minutes for South Africa’s first ever tries in a World Cup final but six penalties from the boot of Handre Pollard had already put the Springboks firmly in charge.Superb game management, set piece dominance, brutal defence and almost flawless place-kicking had been enough to see off an England side that had dismantled the double defending champion All Blacks in the semi-finals last week.While the tactics were as traditional as the dark green Springbok shirt, the team was far more representative of a multi-racial nation than those of 1995 and 2007 and Siya Kolisi became the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.“Since I have been alive I have not seen South Africa like this,” Kolisi said before receiving the trophy from Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino.“It was like in ’95. So many challenges we have (in South Africa). The coach told us we are not playing for ourselves, we are playing for the people back home.“We appreciate all the support, we love you, South Africa, and we can achieve anything if we work together.”England came into the match with huge expectations after the New Zealand win but only offered flashes of the brilliant all-pitch game which undid the All Blacks last week.Head coach Eddie Jones, who was in charge of Australia when England won their only World Cup in 2003, becomes the first head coach to lose two finals.Flyhalf Farrell kicked four penalties for England but they were chasing the match all evening and hanging on doggedly trying to contain the rampant Springboks by the end.“We just struggled to get in the game,” said Jones. “The effort from players was outstanding but we struggled to get on the front foot today.“I can’t fault the preparation of the players. They worked hard for the whole of the World Cup, played with a lot of passion, but just weren’t good enough today.”The English suffered a huge blow when prop Kyle Sinckler went off with concussion in the third minute leaving their scrum all but uncompetitive against the Springbok pack.South Africa made the most of the weakness, winning a string of scrum penalties, taking a 12-6 lead into halftime and building a foundation that enabled their wingers to seal the victory in the last 15 minutes.Mapimpi has been in prolific form this year and he showed South African wingers can play a bit with ball in hand when he chipped-through, collected an offload from Lukhanyo Am and touched down in the 66th minute.Kolbe added the second try eight minutes later, skipping past the tackle of Owen Farrell on the wing and racing away to touch down to the delight of the South Africans in the crowd of 70,103.Pollard coolly landed both conversions to take his match tally to 22.The Springboks became the first team to lose a pool match at a World Cup and go on to win it, having gone down to the All Blacks in their tournament opener at the same Yokohama International Stadium.They join the New Zealanders with three World Cup triumphs and England remain the only team from the northern hemisphere to have won the title.