Author: Paula DAVID

Superstar fullback Reece Walsh launched his 2024 season in style as the Broncos downed the Cowboys 46-20 in Mackay on Sunday afternoon. After a quiet opening half Walsh exploded in the second term with a try and two try assists as the 2023 grand finalists flexed their muscle ahead of their trip to Las Vegas. The Broncos needed just two minutes to open the scoring when veteran flyer Corey Oates finished off a left side raid that featured Reece Walsh and Selwyn Cobbo. A strong tackle by Sam McIntyre on Cobbo in the 14th minute forced an error and gave…

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England winger Dom Young has been taken to hospital after suffering a neck injury in his first outing for Sydney Roosters against Manly in Gosford. Young, who was the NRL’s leading tryscorer in 2023, scored a try in the Roosters 36-22 win but came from the field after an alleged crusher tackle, which saw Sea Eagles forward Toafofoa Sipley placed on report. The former Knights star was stretchered out of the ground wearing a neck brace and taken to hospital for precautionary scans. “He’s good. It’s just that when you’re dealing with the neck, you want to be precautionary there,…

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The Indigenous All Stars’ brilliant backline stole the show as they ran out 22-14 winners over the Māori All Stars on Friday night in Townsville. Prolific Bulldogs wing Josh Addo-Carr struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes, before local fan favourite Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow added another just before the half-time break in Townsville, to set the Indigenous up for back-to-back NRL Harvey Norman All Stars victories for the first time since the concept changed to include the Māori in 2019. A fourth try from Titans flyer Alofiana Khan-Pereira inside the final 10 minutes put the icing on the cake, in front…

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In a response to a series of questions regarding the “Connect PNG Infrastructure Development Program” raised by various Members of Parliament including member for lalibu Pangi, Peter O’Neil, the Minister for Works and Highways Solan Mirisim gave a progressive update on the floor of parliament today. Minister Mirisim said, since their government took office in 2019, they developed the 20-Year Connect PNG Program to immediately deal with the threats of the growing deferred maintenance that would require K45 billion in replacement costs. “At the same time, we want to meet the countries future demands by embarking on a long-term vision…

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The up-and-coming football club, East Coast Football Club (FC) recently received a timely financial donation of K12, 500 from the FX Business Center on Tuesday this week. The East Coast Football Club, under the leadership of Managing Director Shannon Andrew, has emerged as a pioneer in junior football development in PNG. With a focus on nurturing young talent through partnerships with schools, the club aims to elevate the standard of football in the country and establish strong international connections within the sport. Mr Andrew expressed his pride in this partnership, stating, “I’m extremely proud that our club is the first…

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Star fullback Latrell Mitchell has been named as the new captain of the Indigenous All Stars for Friday night’s All Stars clash with the Māori. The 26-year-old will take over captaincy duties in what will be his sixth All Stars appearance after last year’s skipper and Rabbitohs teammate Cody Walker was ruled out due to a calf injury. A proud Biripi, Wiradjuri, Worimi and Gumbaynggirr man, Mitchell said the All Stars competition and opportunity to lead his teammates ‘means everything’ to him as a player. “To lead my people is an honour that I don’t take lightly both on and…

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The Central Province now has a representative on the NCDC Board. Acting Provincial Administrator Edward Kila was sworn into office last month at the City Hall Boardroom by Senior Magistrate Peter Balus from the Waigani District Court as required by the NCDC Act on the composition of the NCDC Board and relating to the representation of the Central Provincial Government. In a simple but significant swearing in ceremony Mr. Kila vowed to represent the people and the government of the Central province truly and willingly on the NCDC Board. Mr. Kila said, “We (Central and NCD) are divided by provincial…

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Prime Minister James Marape recently expressed the Government’s stance on the potential vote-of-no-confidence against his leadership, as the National Parliament is set to reconvene today. Emphasizing respect for the democratic process, he, however, criticized what he termed “frivolous and opportunistic” attempts to undermine his administration. PM Marape highlighted the opposition’s intent to propose a no-confidence motion following the expiration of the 18-month grace period last Friday. “We will respect those who want to initiate a vote-of-no-confidence against my leadership,” he affirmed. He underscored the importance of adhering to the due process under Section 145 of the National Constitution, which governs…

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Titans forward Jacob Alick has withdrawn from the Indigenous All Stars squad due to an ankle injury. The Titans released a statement saying that the 24-year-old back-rower had suffered a syndesmosis injury at training on Thursday and would miss the match in Townsville. The PNG international has begun rehab as he works to return for the start of the NRL season. New Cowboys skipper Reuben Cotter has ruled himself out of the Harvey Norman All Stars match due to recent head knocks. Having starred for the Indigenous side in 2021 and 2022, the Australian representative made the difficult decision to…

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The Sea Eagles have extended back-rower Ben Trbojevic for a further three years, through to the end of the 2027 season. Since making his debut in 2021, the 22-year-old has played 26 games for Manly after coming through the Sea Eagles Pathways Program. After capping 12 first-grade games last season, Manly coach Anthony Seibold said Trbojevic is pushing for a starting spot in 2024. “Ben has already made further strides forward this pre-season. He is pushing for a starting position as it stands,’’ Seibold said. “We want to reward Ben not only for the improvement in him but also where…

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