The Hula boys batted first and batted out the full 20 overs posting a target of 142.A top order batting collapse left them reeling at 6/45 from some superb bowling from John Igo (3/27) and Vagi Frank (3/20).But an unbeaten 45 runs from Lope Va’a steadied the ship for Hula.Va’a was assisted by a handy 24 runs from Wari Kapa.The boys from Rent-A-Tent found themselves in dire straights at 5/66 after their top order batsmen failed to impress.Jake Kapa was the standout batter scoring 20 runs.In the end, Rent-A-Tent were all bowled out for a 100 after 16.2 overs.Wari Kapa did the damage for Hula taking 3/33.In other matches, Taurama was too strong beating Alukuni by six wickets.Finals for the T20 competition will get underway in September.
The kick off at the National Football Stadium was done by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.Present during the ceremony were PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka and Digicel PNG CEO Maurice McCarthy.The crowd of close to 3000 fans and supporters is seated at the main grandstand area.Other four matches are also underway at other centres, including Kokopo, Goroka and Mendi.
The players are in eight groups of seven players each.Defending champion Monty Fong with a handicap of 15 is in Group G. His opponents in the group who will play at Aviat Club are Martin Patu (50), Ida Keni (20), veterans Richard Whitchurch (20), Skey Magoke (40), Rhonda English (35) and Oscar Pomaleu (35).The 2014 winner and current PNG snooker champion, Marcus Ng with a handicap of minus 30 is in group B with Miria Rima(15), Welton Gai (15) and PNG women’s representative, Helen Samuel (15).Group B matches will be played at Lamana Q Club.Also playing at the Lamana Q Club is another former champion Kelly Yambi (0) in Group A. He is up against 2016 BSP Men’s Minor National champion Marcus Rahman (15), Tournament Director Danny Earls (15) and Julie Mel (45).The lowest handicapper in Group C is Q Club manager, Joey Chan (10).He will get some stiff opposition from youngster Vare Vaieke (20), Kevin Bray (20) and women’s B Grade star Jane Laigi (35).Yiannis Nicoloau (0) is in Group D and the only worthy opposition is Ralph Kaina (-5). Both players will give their opposition players starts of 30 or more.Stalwart Roger Ng (-10) heads Group E with Tom English (0), Alex Awesa (15) and Damita Bray (25) at the Q Club. 2011 winner Lasark Joseph with a plus 15 handicap is in Group H at the Aviat Club. His opponents include Toua Simoi (20), Anup Kumar (20) and Tanya Susuve (40).Group F also playing at the Aviat club has big names like Noel Ramos (-5) and Arua Simoi (0) up against Richard Bario (20) and Mea Whitchurch (45). All group matches will be played over the best of three frames and all sessions start at 3pm during weekdays. For Saturday and Sunday, matches start at 11am.
Children under 15 years played five on five from 5pm to 7pm; while 16 years and over tried their skills in the three on three matches played from 7pm to 9pm. BFPNG teamed up with the PNG High Performance through their Talent Pathway Program to deliver the third phase. Talent pathway coordinator and James Cook University – Honours Researcher, Kieran Sciberras, explained Twilight Basketball was not just about community engagement. “The aim in conducting the session for now is community engagement, however it may also provide an insight into any areas we may be missing for the talent identification and research project. “For example, if people from certain schools that we are testing during Twilight Basketball are providing exceptional results, all might come from similar schools.”Twilight Basketball is part of BFPNG’s community engagement strategy made possible by the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership Program. Twilight Basketball will be held again on the following dates – November 3, 10 and 17.
New Zealand won the America’s Cup on Monday, almost white-washing the U.S. holders with a revolutionary boat and a new superstar sailor to avenge a humbling defeat four years ago.A dominant Emirates Team New Zealand claimed international sport’s oldest trophy by 7-1 in Bermuda’s Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to win sailing’s biggest prize.In doing so, Burling usurped New Zealand’s nemesis, Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who won the cup in 2010 aged 30 and was hoping for a third successive victory for the syndicate bankrolled by Oracle founder Larry Ellison.Burling was congratulated by his jubilant team mates and support crew after their catamaran crossed the line.The America’s Cup, named after the schooner “America” which won it in 1851 off the south coast of England, has only been held by four countries so far, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.New Zealand won the right to take on the U.S. by beating four other “challengers”, using cycling sailors known as “cyclors” to provide pedal power to control their foiling 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran’s vast “wing” sail and hydrofoils.
French champions Monaco opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-2 comeback win at home against Toulouse on Friday, showing the same attacking flair that took them to the top of the league last season.Although they looked shaky at the back, Leonardo Jardim’s team, who scored 107 goals last term, were too hot to handle for Toulouse as they prevailed with goals by Jemerson, Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik.Toulouse twice went ahead thanks to goals from Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort, before collapsing under pressure.Last year’s runner-ups Paris St Germain open their campaign on Saturday against Amiens with record signing Neymar to be presented at the Parc des Princes after joining from Barcelona for a 222-million euro ($261 million) fee.Monaco’s defence were caught snoozing in the sixth minute when they allowed Machach to volley past Danijel Subasic from just outside the box.It did not take the hosts too long, though, to react and in the 28th minute, Jemerson equalised with a fine header from Joao Moutinho’s corner kick.New signing Rony Lopes was the most dangerous Monaco player, although the Toulouse defence proved to be a tough nut to crack.Eight minutes into the second half the principality side fell behind again.Fullback Djibril Sidibe lost the ball in his own half to Jimmy Durmaz, who set up Delort, the striker coolly slotting the ball home from just inside the box.Monaco drew level when Falcao netted his 33rd goal in 50 league games with Monaco, heading home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross.In the 70th, Glik sent another header past Alban Lafont, deflecting Moutinho’s free kick to put Monaco ahead for the first time.Mbappe was replaced after suffering a minor leg injury by Allan Saint-Maximin 15 minutes from time.
Pay-TV group Sky and the English Football League (EFL) have agreed a 600 million pound five-year domestic broadcasting deal, they said on Tuesday.The deal, which the EFL said represented a 36 per cent increase on the current value of the rights, runs to 2024 and allows the broadcaster to stream all midweek Championship (second tier) matches.Sky said in a statement that the deal strengthened its position as “the home of football” and would offer subscribers more matches and more ways to watch.The broadcaster will show exclusively up to 183 live matches a year from the Championship, League One, League Two, Carabao (League) Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.The EFL said the new agreement would also allow clubs to stream midweek league games via their websites if not broadcast live on Sky Sports.
“It is always about the money,” said Everton manager Ronald Koeman when asked after Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Burnley if his team’s poor start to the season was particularly disappointing given the recent recruitment of new players for around 140 million pounds.“It is so easy in this situation to speak about the money. We have got a lot of money and we invest some money and it is always about the difference in spending from transfers,” the Dutchman added.Koeman’s frustration at the focus on the transfer market dealings of the club is understandable – the pre-season notion that Everton’s transfer activity made them contenders for a top six position always contained a strong degree of hype, especially considering the investments of those above them.But with Everton 16th after seven games, hovering two points above the relegation zone, with two wins to their name, the line of questioning was fair.Far from mounting a challenge to enter the elite, so far, Everton look to be going backwards and their acquisitions deserve some examination.Around half of the money spent on new players came from the sale of the club’s top player, striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a reported 75 million pounds.Yet the club did not spend any of their money on directly replacing Lukaku with a proven spearhead likely to bag 20 goals a season – instead spreading it around as they brought in nine new players.It is a sign of how well those deals are working out that three of the most prominent of those players, former England captain Wayne Rooney, Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen and Spanish attacker Sandro Ramirez, started Sunday’s loss on the bench.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looks a sound acquisition as does centre-half Michael Keane, while Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has known qualities.But given Sigurdsson, Rooney and Klaassen all occupy a similar position and indeed Croatian Nikola Vlasic is another attacking midfielder, the priorities are questionable.SPURS EXAMPLEKoeman had talked about bringing in an out-and-out striker and there have been suggestions that Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud could be a target in January.But the use of resources echoes, in many ways, the way Tottenham used their windfall after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013.Spurs sold the Welshman for 85 million pounds and used that money to bring in seven players. Most failed to make any sort of impact and only two are still with the club – creative midfielder Christian Eriksen and winger Erik Lamela, who has been out for more than a year with a long-term injury.Others such as Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, Spanish forward Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to make an impact.Spurs have progressed well in recent years, with a young, English core to their team led by Harry Kane and that might be a route that Everton will eventually consider.Dominic Calvert-Lewin is showing great promise in attack and another member of the England Under-20 World Cup winning team, Ademola Lookman is a 19-year-old forward who has impressed many but has not been given many opportunities since arriving in January.Tom Davies is a talented hard-working midfielder who has shown he is capable at Premier League level while defenders Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny have promise.Last season it looked as if Koeman was going the route of blooding young players and complimenting them with some astute signings.It was an approach that vanished in the flurry of cash over the summer but it might yet still be the best way ahead for Everton.
Resurgent former champion Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 12th time on Sunday as he subdued feisty Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-4 6-2.The Serb, seeded 20 after a well-documented slump, was given a ferocious fight in the early stages with the opening three games lasting 29 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.But what looked like being a long evening for the 12-times Grand Slam champion ended up being a reasonably comfortable one as he generally called the shots.One break of serve was enough to take the opening set and although left-hander Verdasco produced some thunderous winners to stay in touch in the second his challenge faded.Djokovic, who completed his career Grand Slam by winning in Paris in 2016, sped away with the third set and can now look forward to a clash with either Marco Cecchinato who caused an upset by defeating David Goffin by 3-1 (7-5,4-6.6-0,6-3).Men’s singles – 4th roundMarco Cecchinato (ITA) beat 8-David Goffin (BEL) 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 20-Novak Djokovic (SRB) beat 30-Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-3 6-4 6-2 7-Dominic Thiem (AUT) beat 19-Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4 2-Alexander Zverev (GER) beat Karen Khachanov (RUS) 4-6 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 6-2
Boosted by 2014 Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez and top scorer Radamel Falcao, a confident Colombia will be looking to demolish low-ranked Japan on Tuesday before moving on to tougher Group H rivals Poland and Senegal.The Andean nation is ranked 16th to Japan’s 61st, and history is on their side too – Colombia beat the “Blue Samurais” 4-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.“We’re going to conquer Russia,” Falcao posted on Instagram recently alongside a picture of the South Americans decked out in ties on their plane to Russia.Yellow-shirted Colombia definitely conquered fans in Brazil four years ago with scintillating counter-attacking style and salsa-infused goal celebrations which propelled them to quarter-finals, their best result ever.But they went on to have an uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia. They scored just 21 goals during the gruelling two-year, 18-match South American qualifiers and limped over the line with three points from their last four games to claim fourth spot.The squad led by Argentine coach Jose Pekerman are vowing to boost their attacking prowess in the hard-to-call Group H and prove that their run in Brazil was not just a one-off.“We have to take the initiative. We’re a team that’s characterised itself for that. We need to have confidence to go up front. But we also can’t lose defensive strength,” midfielder Abel Aguilar said.Fresh from losing several friendly matches since qualifying for the World Cup, Japan is nervous at the prospect of facing AS Monaco’s Falcao and Rodriguez – on loan from Real Madrid at Bayern Munich.Japan head coach Akira Nishino, a former international midfielder who took over in April, said last month that beating Colombia would be a “small miracle.”Nishino has named an experienced World Cup team – including three players with more than 100 caps – Yuto Nagatomo, Shinji Okazaki and captain Makoto Hasebe.“The quality of the Colombian team has gone up, and they have height and athleticism,” said Fortuna Duesseldorf’s Takashi Usami this month. “We have to adjust the quality of our ball delivery and the recipient’s timing to meet the ball.”