The funding will assist the Papua New Guinea Billiard and Snooker Association (PNGBSA) host the event.This is the 14th consecutive year of sponsorship by BSP, gaining the naming rights.The minor B Grade titles cues off on Sept 7-11 followed by the major A Grade titles from Sept 14-18.BSP NCD area manager Stanerd Wai said they’re proud to support an event which brings in players from around the country to participate in a competitive and social friendly environment.Wai said that through this partnership, there has been an increase in recognition and participation at all levels throughout PNG.Prize money for the major titles has been increased to K3000.A subsidy will be given to the best outstanding players particularly to cover airfares.PNGBSA vice president John Chan thanked the Bank for its continued support.Chan said this support has contributed immensely to the sports growth and development and participation by the young players around the country.He also thanked the management and staff of the venues namely Aviat Club, Dragon’s Den and Lamana Q Club for the use of their facilities during this year’s titles.
CONCACAF Nations League…A steamy exchange of words at their respective press conferences have caused the Guyanese and Barbadian national football teams to have stirred up anticipation and expectation for great and unexpected things to happen at their CONCACAF Nations League meeting.Forward player Andrew Murray controlling possession of the ball during the encounterSo said, so done. The teams delivered nothing but thrills and chills in their 90- minute encounter, but the result was one that neither team had expected.The National Track and Field Centre at Leonora saw football fans on Thursday evening pouring in to see Guyana compete with old rivals Barbados.The match got underway at 7pm on the dot, with the Guyanese team playing an attacking style, as promised by Head Coach Michael Johnson.In retrospect, the matchup could easily have gone Guyana’s way. However, as fate would have it, the Golden Jaguars had one too many fruitless attempts.The first half’s play was enough to make the vociferous crowd’s heart skip a beat when Guyana’s strikers missed out not only one, but three solid attempts at goal. Aside from sketchy striking and poor on-field decisions, one could chalk up playing against the wind as another factor that played a crucial part in the eventual result of the game.Playing with the wind this time around, Guyana got off to a firing start with a goal several minutes after the second half began. Portugal-based player Trayon Bobb was the one to make the breakthrough for Guyana.Expectedly, the goal was met with loud applause and cheers from the crowd, but they were soon silenced when Guyana’s momentum seemed to have rubbed off on Barbados, who saw the chance and managed two sneaky but brilliant plays to net two goals back-to- back from Hallam Hope.Knowing that they needed a goal, or even two, Guyana bounced back to their attacking ways, controlling possession of the ball once again. With assistance from local boy Vurlon Mills, Neil Danns was able to secure the goal.In the opinion of spectators, the game flew by a little too quickly, leaving both teams to settle for a draw.After the encounter, Head Coach Johnson expressed disappointment with the result. “It was a good point in the end. It actually feels like a loss, you know. The first half, it could’ve been three or four, could’ve gone our side. And I don’t know (by) what slackness, lazy play we conceded two silly goals! But fair play to the team, they found it in themselves to dig deep. And even then we looked like we could’ve pinched another one for 3-2,” Johnson said.However, the coach noted that it would be a good game to reflect on. “When we finally qualify, we’ll look at that and think, ‘Hey, it was a good point’,” he said.On the other hand, goal scorer Neil Danns, although not content with the outcome, noted that the game has a lot of positives that the team can work on.“We’re going to take the positives from it. We went into the game 2-1 down and the boys showed real character and real spirit to come back and clinch that point. That’s how far we’ve come! That game feels like a loss; couple years ago we would’ve been cheering about a draw, but today, we know that standards are being set so high,” Danns stated.Guyana’s next CONCACAF Nations League game is scheduled for October against Turks and Caicos. In November they will take on French Guiana. In March of 2019, the Golden Jaguars will then return home to challenge Belize for a chance at qualification.
Howland and Wooden chatted by phone the other day. Wooden offered his congratulations. They discussed the wins over Gonzaga and Memphis. Many times, they don’t even talk basketball. “He has such great perspective about basketball and life,” Howland said. “I’m sure he’s excited. This is his program. I think he feels good about the fact that UCLA is back in the Final Four. He has very good balance in his life. This is important. He’s excited about it but it’s not the all and the everything. But it sure is neat, especially for Wooden. Even though he uses a cane, he attends all of UCLA’s home games. He sits in the same seat, usually with family, and watches as players run up and down the “Nell and John Wooden Court,” which was renamed in 2003 after Wooden and his late wife. As part of a pre-game routine, Wooden signs autographs. He signs during halftime as well. Once the second half resumes, he checks out a box score from the first half. But he didn’t need any statistics to figure out why UCLA was playing so well at the end of the season. “I saw them improve as the season progressed,” Wooden said. “They’re very good defensively. They’ve gotten better at sharing the ball. They’ve become a stronger team the last couple of months.” UCLA is 31-6 and has won 11 consecutive games. The Bruins play LSU on Saturday in the semifinals and, if they win, will play either George Mason or Florida in the final. Wooden will watch on television with a good friend who lives in Encino. The Final Four is in Indianapolis, where Wooden is from. Coincidence? Maybe. He played at Martinsville High and Purdue. He even coached at South Bend Central High. But Wooden, who travels to Indiana once a year, won’t attend the games. After several days in San Diego, the travel would be too much. “When you get to be 95, (travel) doesn’t come as easily,” he said. UCLA sophomore Lorenzo Mata won’t be able to look in the stands and see Wooden but he’ll know he’s watching on television. “This means a lot to him,” Mata said. “He’s the one that pretty much made the basketball program here. Coach Wooden is a great coach and a great person. It would mean a lot if we could win a national championship in his hometown. That would be a really nice gift to give him.” Howland, who has become good friends with Wooden, would’ve loved for Wooden to be in Indiana. He understood Wooden’s decision, and not just because of the toll that traveling takes. “When he goes, he has a hard time saying no,” Howland said. “He’s mobbed like he’s who he is. It would be like the Beatles going to a rock concert of somebody else’s.” Former UCLA guard Mike Warren, who visits Wooden regularly at VIPs, will attend the Final Four, as will Abdul-Jabbar, who’s an assistant coach with the Lakers. Warren wishes that if UCLA makes the finals Monday, Wooden could find his way home. “I know it’s really tough on him, going through these events,” Warren said. “Some of us are hoping he’ll still come. Someone’s going to have to send him a nice jet.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At Coach’s favorite breakfast hangout, VIP’s in Encino, the buzz these days is UCLA’s magical run to the Final Four. John Wooden, UCLA’s legendary coach, eats breakfast there at the same time nearly every morning but he’s down in San Diego this week so he can’t bask in all of the congratulations and excited chatter of a possible NCAA championship. Customers are dissecting the Bruins’ dramatic run through the NCAA Tournament over eggs and oatmeal. Most of the regulars were wondering where the man of the hour was. Coach is in San Diego for the McDonald’s All-American high school basketball game this week but he’s on the minds of so many. As one patron left, he remarked: “Coach must be on top of the world.” Indeed. Wooden couldn’t be more proud. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Most schools have never won one championship,” Wooden said by phone from San Diego. “It’s nice. The more you get, the more you want.” Wooden, 95, knows that all too well. He was the mastermind behind a record 10 national championships at UCLA. There are 11 championship banners hanging in the rafters at Pauley Pavilion. Jim Harrick won the school’s most recent one in 1995. Throughout the past decade, however, UCLA had lost its luster as one of the nation’s elite teams. “(Wooden) likes to see the program do well,” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played on Wooden’s championship teams in 1967, 1968 and 1969. “He’s so much a part of it. He can’t escape it. It’s tattooed across his forehead.” UCLA is back. And in just his third season as coach, Ben Howland has the Bruins two victories shy of a 12th national championship.