Tough journey for U-17 hopefuls

OFC: The road to regional dominance will not be easy for the eight nations taking part in next year’s OFC U-17 Championship with the official draw revealing the journey ahead for each of the teams. The 2017 edition of the OFC U-17 Championship will be held in Papeete, Tahiti in February 2017 with preliminary stage…

Melanesian games back after 13 years

Suva (Fiji Times) – WITH Fiji holding a regional athletics competition after a lapse of 13 years, the Melanesian Athletics Championship proved to be a good platform for young athletes. While the highlight of the competition mostly centred around three athletes Toea Wisil, Leslie Copeland and Banuve Tabakaucoro, who were all vying for Olympic qualification,…

Singapore U21 netball squad to tour PNG

Port Moresby (The National) –  THE netball fraternity is looking forward to welcoming the Singapore Under-21 squad for a three-day invitational series with the Papua New Guinea U21 as well as a development side from July 21-24. The visitors arrive on Thursday, a day before their opening match against the PNG U21. Netball PNG president…

Fiji 7s squads for Rio 2016 announced

WORLD RUGBY – The 24 players hoping to claim Fiji’s first ever Olympic medal have been named by coaches Ben Ryan and Chris Cracknell. Fiji have never won an Olympic medal but the sevens mad nation hopes the men’s and women’s squads named on Saturday will finally lay that statistic to rest at Rio 2016…

FIFA kick-starts overhauled development programme

OFC: The FIFA Development Committee, chaired by FIFA vice-president and AFC President Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, met in Zurich on Thursday and started putting in motion Forward, FIFA’s overhauled development programme. Member Associations and confederations can now apply for development funds under the Forward programme, which aims to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for…

Duo withdraw from Rio Olympic

AAP: AUSTRALIA’S Olympic team has been hit with a double blow, with Lleyton Hewitt and gun cyclist Simon Gerrans withdrawing from the Games. Hewitt has opted out of his role as Australian men’s tennis team coach in Rio. Tennis Australia has applied to the Australian Olympic Committee to replace Hewitt with Mark Draper, with the…

Tiki Toa to take on Japan

OFC: Tahiti’s national beach soccer team are set to test their skills against the might of Japan in September when the two nations meet for a series of friendlies at Akashi Okura beach in Hyogo. It will be the first official match for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup runners-up since losing the final…

Fiji riding wave of success

Fijian football has never seen a period like it. By this time next month, Fiji will have added a maiden appearance at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament to last year’s successful debut at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Throw in a strong showing thus far in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying,…

PNG netball names U21 squad

Port Moresby (The National) – THE national selectors announced a train-on squad for the Papua New Guinea Under-21 netball team to compete at the Oceania qualifiers. The qualifiers are in September in New Zealand for the World Youth Cup hosted by Botswana from July 8-16, next year. The players, who were selected from the national…