Asian football boss meets Chung

OFC: ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa on Monday stressed the importance of continued coordination among football confederations in order to achieve their aspirations. During his meeting with Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president David Chung, Shaikh Salman said the AFC is always keen to establish links of cooperation with the…

Final 7s test

The next three days will be important for the 18 players in the Vodafone Fiji 7s training squad if they want to be in the final team for the last leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The players will be in camp for the next three days to kick-start preparations for the Scotland and…

Softball dropped for PNG

PAPUA New Guinea will miss out on a possible gold medal at the 2015 Pacific Games after softball was dropped from the list of sports. The sport failed to satisfy the Game’s charter on the numerical entries needed to have a competition. The National was reliably informed that only two countries – defending champion PNG…

Sports Minister says training venues open

WORK on existing sporting facilities in Port Moresby has been described as a short term sacrifice and a long term gain for the respective sports. Minister for Sports and 2015 Pacific Games, Justin Tkatchenko, said this after the launching of the semi-professional competition the Digicel Cup last Thursday. “I must apologise to the sports concerned…

20 apply for Fiji Rugby Union 15s coach

The Fiji Rugby Union has short-listed applicants for the Flying Fijians head coach’s position. FRU received 20 applicants after terminating Inoke Male’s contract earlier this year after holding the position for the past two years after the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.   On Wednesday last week, FRU board member Dr Esther Williams…

Perfect start in Suva soccer

THE Suva Football Local League competition started on a high note at the USP grounds in Laucala Bay on Sunday. Ten games were scheduled to be played but only nine took place after Tamavua failed to turn up for their super premier clash against Flagstaff. Suva Football Local League chairman Niranjan Prasad was pleased with…

USP to organise new touch competition

THE USP Touch Association will host two more competitions following the successful business house competition last month. The business house competition ended on April 2 at Albert Park where USP won. Competition organiser Tevita Mau said the interest in the competition had grown and they wanted to capitalise on it. “USPTA will be running a…

Samoa’s version of cricket, kilikiti

Melbourne’s Samoan community has held a tournament for their own unique version of cricket, known as kilikiti.  Kilikiti is based on the well known game of cricket, which originated in England and was brought to Samoa by missionaries and seafarers in the 19th century, but the Samoans took this ‘palagi’ style of cricket and changed…