Exciting times ahead for rugby union, says Liri

first_imgRugby BY SIMON KESLEP There are brighter days ahead for rugby to reach new heights especially competition pathways. PNG Rugby Football Union administrator Martin Liri said there is determination and drive towards achieving the possibilities of hosting Oceania Rugby competitions in the future here in PNG. Liri said this during Wednesday’s media conference with Oceania Rugby competitions manager Wayne Schuster. The highlight of Schuster’s visit to Port Moresby was to discuss with key corporate communities the possibilities of hosting a regional competition targeting the mens 15s format. “We have the drive and determination and so we must make the most of the opportunities we have,” said Liri. “You can never measure how good you are until you play competitions. Regular competitions are important and we are amateur athletes and that is the incentives for sports men and women to aspire, to represent their country.” Liri added this is such opportunity available they are appealing to all corporate sponsors that there is facilities, boxes have been ticked and what needs to be done now is to make use of opportunities. He said international competitions are not easy, they are high standard and the visitation by Schuster depicts the prospects of hosting regional competitions at facilities in the country. “For us a country like PNG, we have the home crowd advantage, we have corporate who are supporting PNG RFU to get mileage of their sponsorship and international competition provides that opportunity,” said Liri. This minimizes the gap of having to travel overseas to witness international games and the opportunity of being a host is to provide rugby follows the chance to witness international teams coming and playing in PNG.last_img read more

Bourke bags a brace of victories

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, April 8, Burapha – StablefordWith it being a holiday today, our numbers were swelled by many of the regular Pattaya Country Club guests and members as it seems their management (PCC) can’t see the wood for the trees and try to levy exorbitant charges to bolster their income from their already dwindling customers.  Think again PCC, you haven’t got that many playing the course, don’t scare your loyal fans away! We had a good field for the time of year, of some 33 here at Burapha, playing once again the unusual pairing of the A & C nines, because of the preparation work on B & D ahead of the Singha Open, which starts on the18th.  Perhaps a slightly unfortunate choice of day as on Friday the viewing public will have no chance of returning to Pattaya due to the annual water throwing contest, which will grid lock the streets until late into the evening.Friday’s top four (from left): Scott Golden, Peter LeNoury, Sugar Ray, and Paul Bourke.Jon Kittilsen posted the best score of 43pts to win Div C from two of the PCC raiders, Nigel Cannon (39) and Dave Earthrowl (36).  39-nine points were enough to win Div B for Tim Knight and one more, 40pts, took Div A for Paul Bourke.Other notables were; Bob Finley (39), Andy Butts (37) and Capt’ Steve (36); also Barry Chadbourn, another PCC raider, who had 39pts but lost on count back to Tim and Mark Williams (38), who at last has come good with some excellent driving today.There were three ‘2’s from David Earthrowl (A6), Paul Bourke (C5) and Andy Makara (C8).Div A (0-15)1st Paul Bourke (11) 40pts2nd Bob Finley (14) 39pts3rd Andy Butterworth (14) 37ptsDiv B (16-21)1st Tim Knight (21) 39pts2nd Barry Chadbourn (21) 39pts3rd Mark Williams (19) 38ptsDiv C (23+)1st Jon Kittilsen (23) 43pts2nd Nigel Cannon (24) 39pts3rd David Earthrowl (23) 36ptsTuesday, April 9, Khao Kheow – StablefordJust a couple of groups here at Khao Kheow today (8 players) playing the B & C Loops, teeing off on time and getting round in a little over four hours.Suzi was doing very nicely as the scores came in with 35pts but then General Jack reminded her that because of the difference in the rating between the red and the yellow tee, she had to reduce her handicap by two shots, when playing in the same comp. as men.  But she still ended up in third, losing on count back to George Gardner (2nd) and the winner, Steve Plant.Welcome to some new guys to the Outback; Morten from Denmark as well as Scott & Brad from Broom.There were no ‘2’s.1st Steve Plant (12) 33pts2nd George Gardner (8) 33pts3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 33ptsWednesday, April 10, Siam Plantation – StablefordA slightly reduced field of 12 here at Siam Plantation on A & B as a couple of the members here were heading off on the Outback’s extended Songkran trip, commencing in Chiang Rai; to check out the condition of the courses up there with a view to the regular October tour and also to play the new Happy City Golf Course, which reportedly has 29 holes (more on that story when they return).Noticeably absent both playing today and on the plane to Chiang Rai, was Capt’ Steve who unfortunately cracked a couple of ribs as well collecting a few bruises after coming a bit of a cropper on his spiral staircase.  He is ok but expected off the course for some time.Generally some very good scoring with a couple of 39’s leading the way as Tim Knight (following his win at Burapha on Monday) got the better of Morten on count back with Steve Budrys (36) taking third ahead of playing partner, Tom Fitzpatrick (35) in fourth.  It did take some time to work out these last two scores, with various alterations etc, but please everybody, try to mark you card clearly to make life a little easier for the scorers.There were two ‘2’s, both from Ron Dickie (A6 & B7)1st Tim Knight (21) 39pts2nd Morten Christiansen (17) 39pts3rd Steve Budrys (10) 36pts4th Tom Fitzpatrick (13) 35ptsWednesday, April 10, Bangpra – StablefordThe onset of the low season, signals the time for the Outback to return to the lovely Bangpra course; a complete “No No” in the high season with late tee times, players starting on the 10th and commonplace five hour rounds.  Eleven Outbackers decided to give it a try after a break of seven months and it is a pleasure to report the course is in great condition and the greens are still slick, particularly if you have a downhill putt.We teed off ahead of schedule and had the course to ourselves on the front nine but on the back we caught up a couple of slow four-balls which was a bit of a shame, however there were plenty of monkeys about to amuse us whilst we were waiting, especially when some of the dogs decided to chase them.The scoring wasn’t brilliant as Andy Butts won the day with 35pts which included a 5-pointer on the par 5 fifth, as Andy knocked it on in two and holed the putt, with playing partner, Paul Greenaway having to settle for a par, however Paul still did enough to get second place with 34pts beating Stefan Hoge on count back.There was one ‘2’ from John O’Keefe on the 12th.1st Andy Butterworth (14) 35pts2nd Paul Greenaway (10) 34pts3rd Stefan Hoge (17) 34ptsFriday. April 12, Green Valley – StablefordAs Saturday (13th) is Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day, there was some speculation that today was a holiday; it may have been in the government office and banks but it is pleasing to report that the Green Valley rates remained unchanged.The next week can be expected to be chaos in Pattaya so the Outback will return to Green Valley on Sat 20th at 10am if anybody is looking for a game.  On Friday 19th, we shall be at the Emerald but don’t make any plans to get back to Pattaya on Friday, because the roads will be gridlocked.There was a very familiar ring about the leaderboards today; Paul Bourke (40pts), Peter LeNoury (39pts), John O’Keefe (35pts) and John Stafford (35pts) topped Div A and Sugar Ray (38pts) and Dave Coller (34pts) were in the top four in Div B.Relative newcomer from Broome, Scott Golden took second in B with 35 and Stefan Hoge, warming up for the Chiang Mai trip next week, took third with 34, beating Dave Coller on count back.  This was also Paul Bourke’s second win with 40pts this week, following on from Burapha.There was only one ‘2’ from The Sugarman.Div A (0-16)1st Paul Bourke (11) 40pts2nd Peter LeNoury (9) 39pts3rd John O’Keefe (15) 35pts4th John Stafford (16) 35ptsDiv B (17+)1st Sugar Ray Handford (17) 38pts2nd Scott Golden (19) 35pts3rd Stefan Hoge (17) 34pts4th David Coller (22) 34ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956.last_img read more

Another blow for Iker Casillas as Madrid target David de Gea

first_img Alejandro Alcazar 12/05/2015 His career has been a dream for the team he has loved all his life. He has led Madrid for many years, lifting all possible trophies as captain. He has reached the sky and was known during many years as the best in the world in his position – until a coach arrived at the club who turned his world upside-down. Jose Mourinho’s era at the club became a disaster for him, with Casillas spending time on the bench behind Diego Lopez.  Iker Casillas could play his last game for Real Madrid as first-choice keeper on Wednesday night. The signing of David De Gea seems unstoppable, with the keeper not expected to renew his contract at Manchester United. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has not responded to the mult-million pound offer on the table from the Red Devils. Madrid are assuming Casillas will stay, but on the bench, and he may even be third choice, behind Keylor Navas. And all because he doesn’t want to give up on the last two years of his contract. According to Cope, Casillas would leave but only with the right level of compensation, with Arsenal interested.  Upd. at 13:14 center_img Casillas felt alone, as he told Manolo Lama on the programme “El Partido de las Doce”. The club looked the other way, and didn’t want to know anything about the goalkeeper’s situation. Florentino Perez wants to sign De Gea, relegating Casillas to the history of Madrid. Ancelotti has grown tired of supporting the goalkeeper, perhaps wary of the feelings in some parts of the Santiago Bernabeu.  His team-mates don’t feel security being transmitted behind them, and Casillas feels that too. The public are unforgiving of his errors. It may be time to leave. CESTlast_img read more

No interest in pink cash

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS LEGALISING same-sex marriage would generate millions in weddings revenue alone, yet the Minister for Small Business, Kelly…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Davies powers Nitros past Nelson Leafs

first_imgKorbyn Chabot tied the game a 1-1 with a marker early in the second before Davies notched the winner.The Leafs, despite out shooting the defending Kootenay Conference Champs 34-28 in the game and 15-6 during the opening period, struggled once again to score goals. Over the last three games Nelson has scored just six times.Nelson, 8-6-0-0-1, falls to five points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley won its seventh straight game, scoring three times in the second period to edge Creston 3-2 in the East Kootenay City. Devin Nemes netted the winner, snapping a 2-2 tie.Beaver Valley visits the Leafs as Nelson concludes a three-game road trip Tuesday in Grand Forks.Game time Friday is 7 p.m. Matt Davies scored with six minutes left in the game to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night in the Bavarian City.The game was the first of a weekend series against Eddie Mountain opposition for the Green and White.Nelson travels to Creston Saturday to face the Thunder Cats.Nelson opened the scoring five minutes into the contest when Andy Fitzpatrick scored his seventh goal of the season.last_img read more