The National – Tuesday, February 1, 2011
By STEPHANIE ELIZAH
FISHERIES Minister and Middle Ramu MP Ben Semri has lauded the efforts of the organisers of the Kalibobo annual district sports tournament in Madang, hosted over five days, and ending on Sunday.
Semri said on Sunday that the game would not have been a success if it were not for the organisers’ tireless and well-coordinated efforts.
Semri, when officiating at the closing of the games, also congratulated more than 500 sportsmen and women for showing good sportsmanship and leadership throughout the games.
“The last five days has been hectic. Young people, you have come to know each other, good you have used this opportunity to mingle. To be good sportsmen and women, you need to know your team players. You being here at the games has given you that chance so that when you are representing the province, you already know and respect each others skills and talents,” Semri said.
He added that throughout the tournament which had been peaceful, the sportsmen and women of Madang’s six districts had proven and displayed Madang’s true spirit of peace and unity, which was a start to reviving Madang’s reputation of being the most beautiful and peaceful place in PNG and the Pacific.
Justice and Attorney General Minister Sir Arnold Amet expressed pride in the depth of skills and talents displayed by the participants.
“I am very proud to see how the teams and individuals have progressed. We must continue to develop and strengthen such competitions and boost the level of sportsmanship in the province,” Sir Arnold said.
The tournament ended with a fair distribution of awards to the six districts with teams winning medals, prize money and patron cups from the tournament’s five patrons – Sir Arnold Amet, Sir Angmai Bilas, Sir John Middleton, Sir Kubulan Los and Sir Peter Barter.
In dart, Karkar 1 were runners-up to winners Ambenob Banglang team who won the Sir Angmai Bilas Cup, in volleyball, South Ambenob Dabasa took out the honours, along with the Sir Kubulon Los Cup.
Team of the tournament award in volleyball was won by Raicoast women’s team for an outstanding spirit shown in the game despite losing.
In soccer, Madang Urban two beat their brothers Madang Urban three 4-3 to lift the title. They won the Sir Arnold Amet Cup while Transgogol-Kokomo team under the leadership of Transgogol president Morris Bal, won the fair play award.
Twenty-two men’s teams participated in the soccer competition.
In basketball, Madang Urban were awarded with the Sir Peter Barter Cup. The match which drew a huge crowd, saw the runners-up Ramu Agri Industry, keeping the crowd mesmerized with their display of ball skills.
Ramu Agri Industry women’s team was also proud winners of the Sir Peter Barter’s Cup.