News Bytes for 29th July, 2014

“SQUASH IN GLASGOW” – Lorraine Genia


Squash veteran and senior PNG players Kerry Walsh and Sheila Morove have been dropped as reserves and will be playing in the men’s and women’s doubles tonight. 

Walsh has been placed in Pool H to face Malaysia, Scotland and St Vince and Grenad, while Morove is placed in the women’s doubles Pool C against Scotland, New Zealand and England.  


PNG’s Dorothy Boyce fell short of winning a plate at the Commonwealth Games, losing 3 sets to 1 to Sri Lanka’s squash youngster Naduni Gunawardane in the Women’s Consolation Plate final.




Lae Secondary took the Gold Nugget School Kricket Trophy in the U-19 boys division over Bumayong Secondary.


Lae Secondary opened the score line with Captain Samuel Lui smashing 39 runs and posting 70 runs before being knocked out after 10 overs.

Bumayong was left to catch up but their efforts were shaken when Lae Secondary sent their opening pair out after 19 runs. Lae Secondary managed to bowl out Bumayong 6 for 66 runs to secure the Gold Nugget Kriket Trophy.


Lae Secondary Captain Samuel Lui, posting 39 runs and taking out 2 wickets under his belt, was named man of the match. Busu Secondary will face Bumayong Secondary School in the U-19 girls’ grand final this Friday at the Unitech Ovals.

Cricket PNG will be rolling out Gold Nugget School Kriket in Centram, Western Highlands, Milne Bay and Madang in the coming months.



The PNG Pukpuks will return to the country with heads held high despite bowing out of medal contention in Glasgow.


With big shoes to fill as the playmaker of the team, Emmanuel Guise is flanked by a team of rugby young guns, with Billy Torea, Mendi-based Wesley Vali, Lae-based Butler Morris, AFL convert Stanis Susuve and the experienced speed-star Albert Levi.


Despite going down to Wales and Samoa, our Pukpuks’ 36-7 point victory over Malaysia gave the boys hope to face Sri Lanka in the bowl quarterfinals but they went down to a 5-point defeat against Sri Lanka.


“PNG GAMES SPONSORS” – Sylvester Gawi


Major businesses in Lae have poured in more support towards the staging of the 6th PNG Games in Lae come November.


PNG Games CEO Materua Tamarua called on the business community in Lae to join fellow associates by lending more support towards staging the nation’s biggest biennial sporting event.


“BALIMO UPGRADE” – Meredith Kuusa

A multi-million kina upgrade and redevelopment project of Balimo Airport, in the Middle Fly District of Western Province, was signed by the Governor General today.


The signing took place at government house this morning with the Department of Mineral Policy & Geo-Hazards Management. The value of the project is over K26 million.


Various recommendations were put forward to the Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-Hazards Management, which in turn sought endorsement from the Central Supply and Tenders Board.


The National Executive Council deliberated and approved Eda Civil Works (PNG) Ltd as the contractor for the Balimo Airport upgrade project.


“AIRLINES PNG LINKS” – Bridgette Komatep

Airlines PNG has confirmed that from October 1st this year, their domestic schedule will expand to cater for additional ports in the New Guinea Islands region.


In a statement, Airlines PNG Chief Executive Officer Muralee Siva said the airline company has extended services between Port Moresby and Lihir and between Kokopo and Lihir.


The new schedule has been driven by increased customer demand and reflects Airlines PNG’s commitment to uniting communities and businesses.


The new service between Port Moresby and Lihir operates 5 days each week, and those linking Kokopo and Lihir, twice each week.


“BLACK SWAN DONATES” – Tokana Hasavi

A security firm in Port Moresby has donated K10, 000 recently to Tubusereia Village as part of its’ Social Corporate Responsibility policy.


Black Swan International made the donation, which included an Audio System, to the Tubusereia Primary School.


Black Swan CEO Brian Kelly said the donation was in recognition of the majority of their security personnel who reside in Tubusereia.


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