Rugby Union development a hit

first_imgThe PNG Rugby Football Union development programs are becoming very popular in centres nationwide.The Pacific in Union and the new Get Into Rugby programs have been rolled out to different centres over the past few months.As part of PNGRFU’s Monier Development program, PNGRFU also rolled out various programs and clinics.These include the new Get Into Rugby program which was facilitated by Pacific in Union In-Country manager Frank Genia.After a successful visit to Lae, Goroka, Rabaul and recently in Daru, the PNG Rugby Football Union will be continuing to roll out its Get Into Rugby program in the Aroma Coast this weekend.The five villages in the Aroma Coast targeted are Lalaura village, Kupiano Station, Wairavanua, Maopa, Gavuone and Paramana.PNGRFU’s visit to Daru turned out a success and has resulted in the strong growing interest shown by the female participants.Genia said that the rolling out of the program was the first of its kind in Daru and that the interest displayed by the participants was immense.  It was being trialled in five pilot schools in Daru. Participants included teachers, both male and female from their schools.PNGRFU development manager Sailosi Druma was also part of the team to Daru.Druma, being involved with PNGRFU’s training and education program, ran Level 2 coaching clinics and referee courses.With the coaching and referee courses, about 10 participants including referees and two females took part.“PNGRFU will be going back in 8 weeks to stage its first ever rugby festival with the 5 pilot schools,” Genia added.On behalf of PNGRFU, Genia expressed his thanks to Daru RFU for inviting the union to roll out its programs as it would continue help grow and develop rugby in their province.“We are looking forward to seeing Daru RFU starting their school rugby and women’s competitions respectively in the near future,” Genia said.Other courses run were the Medical Educator course which was facilitated by PNGRFU’ only and first time ever certified medical educator Kapua Kapua.last_img read more

FUBA NBL: Power, Canons in titanic battle

first_imgUCU defeated Power in the first meeting between the two sides this season. (PHOTOS/FILE)FUBA National Basketball League 2019Friday, 07-06-2019MTN Arena, Lugogo-UCU Canons vs Betway Power @8:30pm-JKL Dolphins vs UCU Lady Canons (Women) @6:30pmLUGOGO – Betway Power will be gunning for a 6th successive victory when they take on UCU Canons in one of the two FUBA NBL games to be played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.Arnold Lando’s side who had a slow start to the season, losing three of their first four game but have now upped their game lately, winning all of their last five fixtures.Ironically, before going on the current run, it was UCU that they last lost to, going down 68-71 at the same venue back on May 10th.In the current run, Power has defeated Sharing 98-84, KCCA 82-66, Falcons 111-50, KU 96-66 and Ndejje 73-51.Power is one of the sides tipped to challenge Oilers dominance in the league and they are gunning to go one better than last year’s finals loss.“We lost by a small game but this season our goal is championship, said Power’s assistant coach Boniface Okello ahead of the game.““The first round was not bad. We are trying to fix a few things here and there so we expect lows and high.About Friday’s opposition, Okello expects a tough game which could go either way.“It’s going to be tough but whoever executes well in offense, plays very good defense, will have an edge.“We have to rebound well and discipline will be key. It’s going to be interesting.For UCU, they were the stand-out performers of the first round, ending it on top of the league.Nicholas Natuhereza’s side were virtually unplayable in the first round, winning 10 of their 11 fixtures.Their only loss came at the hands of KIU Titans on May 18th, when they went down 58-64.Coming up against Power will be a further test to their title mental and if they can take care of Lando’s side, they will have done their confidence a whole lot of good.In the other day’s game, defending champions JKL Dolphins will square off with UCU Lady Canons.This is a tasty affair as it pits the two most outstanding teams in the Women’s division in the first round.JKL ended the round on top with a perfect 9-0 record while UCU lost only one game, ending with an 8-1 record.UCU Lady Canons lost only one game in the first round.When the two sides met in the first round, JKL ran out 76-67 winners on April 20th.Having lost last year’s final to JKL, UCU will be hoping to end a 5 game losing streak to the Dolphins.It should be noted that JKL swept UCU 4-0 in last year’s final, to end the Mukono based sides’ three peat.The upcoming FUBA NBL fixtures-Angles Basketball Club vs A1 Challenge-MUK Sparks vs Nkumba Lady Marines-YMCA Lady Hamstars vs UMU Ravens-KU Eagles vs Falcons-KCCA Men vs Our SaviourComments Tags: Arnord LandoBetway PowerBoniface OkelloFUBA NBLJKL DolphinsUCU CanonsUCU Lady Canonslast_img read more