Month: May 2020

Westpac hosts sporting weekendWestpac hosts sporting weekend

first_imgStaff members participated in netball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and rugby touch.  Other fun games involved the famous ‘3-legged race’ and the balloon races.“We host these games every second year for our staff members; it’s an important way to bring together employees and allow bonding and engagement at work across business units,” Westpac PNG’s Chief Financial Officer, David Brennan said. “It’s also an important part of our wellbeing program, encouraging people to get active on their weekends while enjoying fresh air and good company.”The competition rained ‘RED’ with the Hunter’s Visa Debit Card team as the victors, followed by Team Yellow, the Corporate Onliners.  The Mobile Banking Blues were the second runner ups followed by the Green Machines. A red tie dinner held on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn also presented an opportunity for staff members to mix and mingle and simply get to know each other.last_img read more

Salitia Pipit first female athlete inducted into PNG Sports Hall of FameSalitia Pipit first female athlete inducted into PNG Sports Hall of Fame

first_imgDate of Birth: June 6, 1951Home Province: Ratavul village, East New Britain Province.A regular of the athletics scene in Rabaul, Pipit’s potential saw her selection on the 1969 national team to the third South Pacific Games hosted in Port Moresby.Representing the then Territory of Papua & New Guinea, Pipit won two medals- gold in the 800m and bronze in the 400m.Two years later in the 1971 Tahiti South Pacific Games, she was the outstanding athlete in the competition winning three gold medals in the 200m, 400m and the 800m. In addition she won silver in the 100m (recording the same time as the gold medal winner – 12.9) and bronze in the 4 x 100m Relay.That year she won the “Sportswoman of the Year” trophy.Pipit said motherhood did not slow her down; rather it gave her more confidence to work and train hard, an attitude that earned her four gold medals during the 1981 South Pacific Mini Games in Honiara and the nickname “Golden Mother.”The following year (1982) she was a member of the National Team to the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Salitia and Elanga Buala were the first women to represent PNG at a Commonwealth Games.Also in 1982, Pipit was awarded an MBE for Services to Sport, and set a National Record in the 800m that stood for 23 years. In the course of her career Pipit set an amazing sixteen National Records across an astonishing range of events from the 100m to the marathon.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua demands Joseph Parker fights him in BritainAnthony Joshua demands Joseph Parker fights him in Britain

first_imgThe location of the highly-anticipated unification bout remains one of the key points to completing negotiations for the heavyweight division’s super fight.Joshua confirmed the fight deal was 95 per cent over the line for a clash early this year.Parker’s promoter David Higgins is having the contract examined by legal experts and is likely to fly to London late this week to sign it off.Parker could join him in the UK for a press conference the following week.While Britain remains the favoured country, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he and Higgins were still discussing some “quirky” alternatives.London’s Twickenham Stadium and Manchester’s Old Trafford have been mentioned as options, but everything points to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium which holds 78,000 people and has a retractable roof to offset the unpredictable British weather.Joshua is determined to continue to fight in Britain where he has a massive fan base that transcends boxing.”It has to be (in this country), the British support, what we’re achieving here is phenomenal,” Joshua told the BBC as hype builds around the fight where he puts his IBF and WBA belts up for grabs along with Parker’s WBO title.”And I always remember when I was watching boxing, it was always about America, America, America and even being a world champion you have to fight around the world, but it’s nice to own the market here. We own the market and we’re not rushing anywhere, let the British fans stay on home soil for a bit, let other people travel.”Joshua said talks were making pleasing progress.”I think we’re 95 percent of the way there with completing with Joseph Parker,” Joshua said, adding that he felt the date would be at the “end of March”.last_img read more

Pacific Oceania claim Fed Cup ‘underdog’ tagPacific Oceania claim Fed Cup ‘underdog’ tag

first_imgPapua New Guinea’s Abigail Tere-Apisah and Samoa’s Steffi Carruthers are back for a fourth consecutive year, while Carol Lee from the Northern Marianas will make her second appearance for the composite side.The women face Iran in today’s opening round, a side they defeated during last year’s Group Two tournament, and will also face Oman and Malaysia in Pool C.Team captain Gilles De Gouy said the team has arrived in Bahrain fit and ready to go.”Our goal is to win and make sure that everyone is also getting higher and higher in terms of rhythm and expectation,” he said.”I have some different expectation regarding the girls – I’m asking more for Abigal and Carol, I don’t want her to be too much on the side so tomorrow she is going to be involved and she is going to be part of the tie, which is good for her.”The top team from each of the four pools will advance to the promotion playoff matches but Gilles De Gouy said they are not looking that far ahead.”We are underdog because we have two very very good strong teams, two other nations, so we have an opportunity to play this match at the end of the week if we finish first of our pool, our pool, to be able to play this promotion match.”Abigail Tere-Apisah is the highest ranked singles player in the team at 333 in the world and has built an impressive 7-2 win-loss record in Fed Cup over the past three years.”For the order you need to respect the ITF or WTA rankings so Abigail is definitely our best female Pacific player currently, she has quite a good ranking,” De Gouy said.”Then I could switch, something I did in terms of strategies so Carol is listed at number two and Steffi at number three…you will find that if Abigail is getting injured I could fit Steffi in the number two position.Carol Lee partnered Tahiti’s Mayka Zima in the doubles last year but Gilles De Gouy said they intend to go with their most established pairing this time.”We worked on our doubles this afternoon and definitely I should say the most experienced and playing really well is Abigail and Steffi together,” he said.”We have very good teams like Uzbekistan who have four players in the top 300 and it’s going to be a lot of pressure for them playing so I can feel that at this time we need an experienced doubles (team).”Pacific Oceania beat Iran at the same stage last year and Gilles De Gouy said he is confident they can start on a winning note.last_img read more

Silva: Fouling Neymar is normalSilva: Fouling Neymar is normal

first_imgNeymar, who only returned from a fractured metatarsal last month, looked close to his best on Monday when Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals in Russia.Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was often at the centre of things, as he scored and played a key role in Roberto Firmino getting the second.But he also received criticism for what Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio described as “acting” when Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.However, Silva does not believe rough treatment is anything new for Neymar.Adversário definido! A #SeleçãoBrasileira vai enfrentar a Bélgica nas quartas de final da Copa do Mundo. Prepare sua torcida e vamos Brasil! #GigantesPorNatureza #Copa2018Foto: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF pic.twitter.com/rlwHZFIrZs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) July 2, 2018″This is normal because [Neymar] has many qualities,” Silva told reporters. “The players who defend against him make fouls because it’s always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without fouling him. But it was a tough game.”In the last eight Brazil will face Belgium, who came from two goals down to sensationally beat Japan 3-2 with a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Nacer Chadli.Silva recognises the talent at Roberto Martinez’s disposal, but is adamant Brazil are the favourites regardless of the opposition.”Belgium are very strong physically and technically,” the centre-back said. “Belgium deserve to play in the last 16.”I think that in all competitions Brazil is the favourite, but we know that’s not enough. We have to work hard and give our best in every game if we want to win the title.”We will continue to work and rest well because Friday’s game will be even more difficult.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Brazil’s Neymar and Miguel Layun of Mexicolast_img read more

Apollon target crucial win against AtalantaApollon target crucial win against Atalanta

first_imgApollon host Atalanta at the GSP Stadium tonight (8pm), where a win is of maximum importance if the Cypriots are to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League.After two consecutive away matches in the competition, Apollon will be looking to make use of their home advantage in order to steer their European campaign back in the right direction.Sofronis Avgousti’s men salvaged late draws against Lyon and Everton in their first two matches, but a heavy 3-1 defeat at Atalanta last time out leaves them three points adrift of second place.At the Mapei Stadium a fortnight ago, Apollon were dealt a harsh lesson against the quick and free-flowing attack of Atalanta. Despite Andre Schembri cancelling out Josip Ilicic’s opener, Apollon eventually collapsed under Atalanta’s heavy pressure, with Andrea Petagna and Remo Freuler scoring shortly after.Therefore, Apollon will be fully aware that three points against the Italians is a tough ask, but it is a result they must pursue after Lyon’s win at Everton puts them three points above the Cypriots in second.Despite being top of the group with seven points, Atalanta will be as hungry as Apollon as they know that a win coupled with Everton failing to defeat Lyon will see them through.As far as team news goes, Valentin Roberge remains suspended for the red card he picked up at Goodison Park on Matchday Two, while Andrei Pitian, who deputised for the French defender in Italy, is a doubt.Long-serving defender Angelis Angeli featured in Apollon’s weekend win over Doxa after ten months out injured but is not expected to start, with the club looking to wean him back carefully after his lengthy absence.That means that Brazilian midfielder Alef may have to drop from midfield into central defence, a role that he has played on a handful of occasions. Apollon have made a perfect start to their league campaign at home, winning all four of their matches. They also happen to be unbeaten in their last eight Europa League matches in front of their own supporters, the last one being that memorable 93rd minute equaliser against Lyon in the opening group game of the season. The current Apollon setup is renowned for its attacking potency, and the fact that they have scored at least one goal in each of their last 11 European games shows they are able to compete regardless of the opposition.Against Italian sides, however, Apollon have yet to win in five matches, recording three away defeats and two home draws. The last Italian club to face Apollon in Cyprus were Lazio, in the group stages of the same competition in 2013/14 – a 0-0 draw at the GSP. In fact, no club from Cyprus has beaten Italian opposition in 23 UEFA competition fixtures.Atalanta are flying in Europe but last year’s fourth-placed side in Serie A have made an average start domestically, currently lying in tenth position after 11 matches.last_img read more