Rugby League BY CHARLIE DUMAVI UPNG JOURNALISM STUDENT Twenty-eight teams have registered to take part in the Lae Biscuit Company (LBC) sponsored rugby league 9s challenge. The annual competition kicked off yesterday at the Lae rugby grounds and is expected to finish over the weekend on Saturday. After six years, the competition has been hosted in Lae alone. In the previous years, the games were played in other centres and ended in Lae. Lae Snax Tigers coach Stanley Tepen said the tournament is to find talented players for the Tigers side for the 2020 Digicel cup competition. “This year we want to make it a bit bigger with more prize money.Out of this tournament we will select about 40 to 50 players to join the Tigers training squad. Every player that takes part in the tournament is given a fair chance,” said Tepend. He said the tournament champions will walk away with K15,000 cash and the trophy, the runner up K7,000, the third placing will settle for K4,000 and the fourth placing will receive K2,000. He said individual player awards and the player of the tournament will get K500. There are a total of 18 teams from outside Lae and 10 teams from within Lae. The teams that came from outside of Lae will be supplied with biscuits and noodles from LBC and sausages by Prima Smallgoods during the competition. The accommodation costs are taken care of by the teams themselves. Mr Tepend also urged individual players to play in the true spirit of sportsmanship and not focus on winning alone.
Marin Cilic has reached his first Australian Open final after he ended Briton Kyle Edmund’s magnificent run in Melbourne with a straight-set win in their semi-final clash.The sixth seed won 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to setup a final meeting with either Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung.Edmund, 23, has had a phenomenal two weeks at the Australian Open and he will get his reward instantly with his ranking set to rise from 49th to 25th next week.He claimed major scalps like 11th seeded South African player Kevin Anderson and third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria en route a last four appearance.Speaking after the match about his victory, Cilic pointed out that he noticed that Kyle Edmund’s movement was restricted despite receiving treatment earlier.In his words, Cilic said: “I noticed in the third game in the third set, he let a couple of balls go.”“I was seeing that his movement was restricted so I was trying to move the ball around.” he concluded.Related
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