TEAM Chauka from Manus have thrown a challenge to other provincial centres to beat them in hockey, soccer and darts at the PNG Games in Port Moresby from Nov 19-27.
Team manager Joseph Kimat told The National yesterday that other provincial teams should think twice when they compete against Team Chauka in these three sports.
Manus, who are renowned for hockey, soccer and darts would no doubt start as favourites to win gold medals in these three sports.
Kimat, who was very worried about the cancellation of Air Niugini flight to Manus, was a happy man yesterday afternoon when medal prospects, the soccer team arrived from Momote Airport, Lorengau.
Kimat said he was worried because soccer and touch would start today before the opening ceremony at Sir John Guise stadium this afternoon.
Part of the contingent from Enga and Western Highlands have yet to arrive in Port Moresby for the event.
Kimat said Team Chauka would compete in boxing, soccer, volleyball, darts, disable sports, athletes, basketball and hockey.
PNG Games sports director John Paliau said yesterday that soccer and touch would kick off today because of the number of centres fielding teams in both sports.
The soccer matches will be held at Bisini Soccer Grounds and the PNGIPA grounds at Waigani while the finals are expected to be played at Lloyd Robson Oval.
The touch footy matches will be played at the Murray Barracks Oval.
Paliau said the soccer matches would start early than expected to avoid clashes with the National Soccer League matches tomorrow.
The matches will be played followed by the finals next Friday, to avoid disrupting the NSL played at the same venue.