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Musa wins Youth One title
NIUGINI Nickel Mining Musa FC did not win the major first division title but they won the hearts of the spectators when their youth team defeated ATS Sky Hawks 1-0 in the grand final last weekend. The Musa youth team had been knocking on the doors for the title in the last two seasons and finally achieved it this year. Club president Jim Abani had heaps of praise for his youngsters who would no doubt form the core of the first division next year once PMSA announces its new structure during the presentation night at Lamana last Saturday.  Abani said Musa’s only goal came from a corner kick taken by Kila Manu who found Neil Rifu for a header into the net.



Madang 7s side arrives
MADANG 7s side to the National MRDC 7s tournament this weekend will arrive in Port Moresby this afternoon. MARFU president Paul Joseph said his ‘gauns’ were set and ready for the best of the country. “We have faith in the side we picked after last week’s trials. There is still the experience of the past tournaments in the squad, but it is the potential of our rookies, that has built the excitement for this campaign,” Joseph said. The rookies are captain Jimmy Mai, the exciting Laurie brothers Lloyd and Foster, Gary Girimotu, and Ian Gore. Joseph named his 12-man side yesterday.



Danaya optimistic
WESTERN Governor Dr Bob Danaya is optimistic  Team Western will perform to their best in the PNG Games in Port Moresby next month. Team Western will be sending 300 athletes with preparations already underway. Team Western will be participating in netball, soccer, volleyball, touch footy, rugby league nines, basketball and athletics. “Our netball team is the current champions in the country after defeating a team are from Port Moresby in the recent national championships in Manus. I am hopeful the netball team will grabs the gold medal at the games,” Dr Danaya said.



Hunters here for friendly
WESTERN province representative team, Fly Hunters, will arrive in Port Moresby tomorrow for two friendly matches against the Port Moresby Select-side next week. The team selected from the Governor’s Cup in Daru two months ago will  make their presence felt to convince the rugby league fraternity that they too can play football in Port Moresby. 



Gurias get heroes’ welcome
THE Agmark Gurias received a rousing home welcome when they touched down at Tokua airport yesterday. They were met at the airport by crowds of supporters and fans after their bemobile Cup win against the Toyota Mioks last Sunday. Vehicles convoying from Kokopo to Tokua were decorated with Gurias flag and flowers to welcome home their heroes. Deputy provincial administrator Clement Irasua on behalf of the Governor Leo Dion congratulated the players and officials at the Kalabond Oval for the win. Gurias coach Michael Marum also congratulated the players saying they went in with a goal to bring back the first bemobile Cup back into province and the New Guinea Islands region.



Yellow for support
KUMULS coach Adrian Lam called on Papua New Guineans to put their support behind the national side starting this Sunday as they take on Tonga in their first match of the Pacific Cup at the Lloyd Robson Oval. “I am appealing to the residents in Port Moresby and PNG to get in their yellow shirts to support your team and boost the morale of the boys,” Lam said. He has labelled the Tongans as the threats to PNG and it is a must that Papua New Guineans get behind their national team in the SP Brewery Pacific Cup which kicks off on Saturday with the opener between surprise package Cook Islands and Fiji.



Jets in MRDC 7s
PORT Moresby-based PNG U20 Jets team was finalised this week ahead of the weekend’s MRDC National Sevens rugby union championships at Bava Park in Port Moresby. The PNG Jets team: Fairi Fairi, Billy Torea, Karaut Aimo, Joshua Posu, Royce Bua, Jonah Kautu Jr,  Kilori Susuve, Kevin Mado, Karo Kauna Jr, Scant Balaguan, Kumalau Auru and Larry Aua . Shadow Players are Douglas David,  Abraham Kare, Samuel Toti and Ashley Waula.



Cricketers tooled up in IT
FIFTEEN national cricketer players have gone back to school courtesy of a long-time partnership between Cricket PNG and IBS (Institute of Business Studies). Senior National, U19, Women and U15 and two coaches are all part of this progressive athlete education programme as they undergo computer classes, thanks to Cricket PNG’s new approach to develop and prepare the players for the work force and for improving their educational standard to allow them to understand more sophisticated training, game plans and evaluations.



Vele wins singles pool title
KEVIN Vele is no stranger on the pool as he displayed his pool prowess to win the Lamana Singles Pool tournament last Tuesday night in Port Moresby. Vele defeated all before him, including some pool veterans plus Media Pool consistent performers like Quetan Cholai to win the match. Promotions manager Jacquie Simons said Vele won K2,000 in cash for winning the singles pool competition. Lamana Doubles Pool tournament will start in two weeks time.



Boroko Lou touch champs
TEAM Boroko are champions of POM Lou Rugby Touch grand final following a 1-1 draw with Team Gerehu after the extra time at Sir John Guise Stadium on Sunday. Boroko were then awarded the match on a technicality having been the first scorer. Both teams played their hearts out during extra time but could not get a decisive result.