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East New Britain Province has taken out the Athletics PNG’s 53rd Open and Under 18 National championships with a tally of 51 medals after the meet ended.
Team NCD and New Ireland came second and third respectively, but the East New Britain team, boasting a handful of overseas-based athletes and talented locals, were out in force.
There were 260 Athletes representing twelve different clubs and provinces, ENB with the biggest contingent of 80, New Ireland next on fifty, with the farthest travelling team Enga, bringing in 18.
Enga also boasting the presence of their Governor, Peter Ipatas, who came as a parent. President of Tony Green said the Championships presented a great opportunity to gauge the level of performances of a lot of the athletes, with the commonwealth games just over a month away.
East New Britain took out 17 gold, 20 Silver and 14 bronze, NCD on 17 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze, New Ireland with 10 gold, 6 silver and 15 bronze and Simbu rounding off the top four with 9 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze.
PNG track stars Sharon Kwarula and Wala Gime, impressed in their respective Hurdles events at the PNG Athletics 53rd Open and Under 18 National Championships.
Using the competition as a preliminary meet, and a chance to catch up with old team-mates, the two US-based athletes were candid about their prospects in taking home gold for the country.
The SP Hunters fought out a dramatic come-from-behind win against the Redcliffe Dolphins at the Kalabond Oval, Kokopo on Saturday.
The forty three to thirty six point win was all the more sweeter as Captain Israel Eliab hoisted the Inaugural Stan Joyce Award, that commemorated the historic first match between the two sides in round 1.
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