Vivens, Cunningham Claim Season’s First Weekly Volleyball Awards


first_imgWeek Two NotesFRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist sophomore outside hitter Mikayla Vivens and Sam Houston State senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Vivens led the Huskies to a 3-0 weekend at home in the Barcelona Sporting Goods HBU Classic, picking up wins over Prairie View, Louisiana Tech and UTRGV. HBU stays in Houston this week; a Tuesday match at Texas Southern at 6:30 p.m. CT and visiting Rice for the adidas Invitational I this weekend. The team will face Liberty on Friday at 4 p.m., before taking on South Carolina on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the tournament host Owls at 7 p.m. After falling to Drake in the season opener, Sam Houston State swept Texas Southern and Bethune-Cookman with the help of Cunningham’s work at the net and in the backrow. The Bearkats travel to the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic in Lafayette, La., this weekend, contesting Mississippi Valley State and UL Lafayette on Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Sam Houston will also play Houston on Saturday at noon.Offensive Player of the Week: Mikayla Vivens – Houston Baptist – So. – OH – San Antonio, TexasVivens earned MVP honors at the HBU Classic in a season-opening tournament that saw her record double-digit kills in all three matches, a pair of double-doubles and average 4.00 kills and 3.10 digs per set. Beginning the season with a 3-0 sweep over Prairie View, the San Antonio native tallied her first career double-double, posting 11 kills and 10 digs while also adding three aces. The sophomore outside hitter then downed 12 kills in Friday’s sweep over Louisiana Tech before topping off the weekend with career highs in kills (17) and digs (14) over UTRGV to clinch the tournament title.Honorable Mention: Haley Tippett, Central Arkansas; Katelyn Mueller, Abilene Christian; Danae Daron, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham – Sam Houston State – Sr. – MB – Huntsville, TexasCunningham did it all for Sam Houston State over the weekend to receive all-tournament honors at the Bearkat Invitational. The senior middle blocker played all the way around for all three matches, averaging 1.33 blocks per set and putting up 4.78 digs to go with her team-best 2.67 kills per set. Her blocks and digs average rank her in the Southland top six for each category. She had at least two blocks and reached double-digit digs in each outing this weekend, holding the opposition to a .069 clip for the weekend. After starting off the season with six blocks and 16 digs against Drake, the Huntsville product delivered two blocks and 10 digs on Texas Southern before wrapping up the weekend with a career-best 17 digs in just three sets against Bethune-Cookmam to go with four blocks.Honorable Mention: Hannah Lewis, Houston Baptist; Lorin McNeil, Abilene Christian; Savanah Allen, Central Arkansas; Channing Burleson, Northwestern StateSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Colonels knock off Kansas in OT, 26-23


first_imgLAWRENCE, Kan. – The Nicholls State University football team notched its fourth-ever win against the FBS and first against a Power 5 school as a 4-yard touchdown run by Chase Fourcade gave the Colonels a 26-23 overtime victory at Kansas Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.FB: #SOUTHLANDSTRONG victory for @Nicholls_FB over Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks.Colonels win 26-23 (F/OT). Fourcade 4-yard TD run to complete the win. #GeauxColonels #FearTheFCS— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) September 2, 2018 In the third, Bussey was untouched on his 40-yarder for the go-ahead score. Following the safety and with a short field, Kansas moved the ball to the Colonel 36. But the defense answered the call again as Kevin Johnson ended the drive on a blitz from the right side, jarring the ball loose from Peyton Bender as he looked to pass. Kenny Dotson pounced on the ball, and after review, the call was upheld. The Colonels’ second special teams miscue was on a blocked punt deep in their own territory. However, the defense once again stopped Kansas from putting any points on the board and forced a punt. Laryon James ended any chance of a late drive with the Colonels’ sixth sack of the night, forcing the fourth overtime game for Nicholls since 2016. The Colonels’ win in extra time improved their record to 3-1 in OT under Coach Rebowe. Nicholls (1-0) led for most of the second half, thanks to a 40-yard touchdown run by Kendall Bussey in the third quarter that made the score 17-10. Bussey, a transfer from Texas A&M, rushed 28 times for 123 yards in his debut for the Red and Gray.The Colonels had three straight special team blunders, with the last leading to a Kansas touchdown. A snap into the end zone for a safety early in the fourth made it 17-12 before a muffed punt gave KU the ball at the Colonel 10, resulting in a 15-yard touchdown catch by Kerr Johnson. Kansas converted the two-point conversion for a 20-17 lead with 4:26 to go. On the Colonels’ final drive of regulation, Fourcade found Dai’Jean Dixon for a big 25-yard catch to move into Kansas territory. The drive stalled at the KU 26 and after a missed 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds was negated due to a timeout called before the snap by Kansas, Lorran Fonseca took advantage and drilled his second attempt to even it up. Following close calls against Georgia, Texas A&M, and South Alabama over the past two seasons, the Colonels broke a nine-game skid against the FBS with the victory. Since 2000, Nicholls has victories against Arkansas State (2001), Rice (’07), and Western Michigan (’13). Kansas moved to the Colonel 38 on its final drive of the half, but back-to-back sacks by Sully Laiche and Evan Veronended the threat. The duo caused Kansas problems all night, each finishing with two sacks.center_img On defense, it was a total team effort as 11 players had three or more tackles. Darren Evans led the secondary with two pass breakups. For the specialists, Winston Jones averaged 40.7 yards on six punts and had three inside the 20 in his debut. In the second quarter, the teams traded field goals with Rui making a 54-yarder for KU. Before the break, Fourcade and Damion Jeanpiere hooked up for a 55-yard catch down the sideline. The play led to a 28-yarder by Fonseca with 4:06 until the half. For the game, the defense set the tone right out of the gate, forcing a three-and-out. Nicholls responded with a 9-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped on a 15-yard touchdown by Dontrell Taylor. But Kansas answered on the next possession with a 2-yard touchdown catch by Steven Sims. Nicholls outgained KU on offense, 329-255. Fourcade completed 12-of-24 passes for 142 yards and added 44 yards on 11 carries. Taylor finished with 51 yards on 11 totes.Dr @CluneJay leading the @Nicholls_FB chant after being presented that game ball!! #geauxcolonels @GeauxColonels— Nicholls State Univ. (@NichollsState) September 2, 2018 The defense, which held KU (0-1) to 56 yards on the ground, forced a three-and-out on the Jayhawks’ possession to start overtime, leading to a 41-yard field goal by Gabriel Rui. For the Colonels, Fourcade broke a 13-yard rush to put Nicholls at the 10 and following a pass interference, the junior quarterback kept the ball along the right and got into the end zone for the game-winner. Kansas’ final touchdown was set up on a muffed punt return by Jeanpiere. Laiche recorded his second sack to force the punt, but Jeanpiere lost control of the ball at the 10 and Kansas came away with it. On 3rd-and-goal from the 15, Bender hit Kerr on a slant to give the Jayhawks a three-point lead.last_img read more

Thompson, McLeod Sweep Weekly Softball Honors for Bearkats


first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Tiffany Thompson and Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by crossed home plate four times in three games for Sam Houston State (26-19, 17-4 SLC) to boost her squad to a perfect 3-0 week against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Friday and Saturday. The junior launched a pair of home runs to accompany two RBIs and a triple in the series. She also notched a 1.400 slugging percentage and a .600 on base average across the trio of games. The award marks the second of the season and second consecutive weekly honor for Thompson.McLeod delivered a stunning week in the circle for the Bearkats, posting a 2-0 record and dealing 24 strikeouts over 12 innings for a .081 opponent batting average. The senior pitcher allowed just three hits in a pair of complete-game shutout victories over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The honor is the second of the season for McLeod.Softball Hitter of the Week – Tiffany Thompson, Sam Houston State – SS– Jr. – Montgomery, TexasThompson continued her hot streak at the plate in a series sweep over the Islanders this past weekend, recording at least one hit in each game for a .600 batting average. She belted two more home runs, the second a two-run shot in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 game-two victory. Thompson marked a 1.400 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base average over the three-game stretch. The junior also drove in four RBIs and scored six runs of her own to go along with a triple and a stolen base.Honorable Mention: Kasey Frederick, Nicholls; Ella Manzer, Southeastern Louisiana; Margarita Corona, Stephen F. Austin.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Austin, TexasMcLeod tied a school record over the weekend, pitching her 40th consecutive scoreless inning following a pair of shutout victories. The senior threw a gem in game one of the series, allowing only one hit by the Islanders. Of the first 16 batters she faced, only two managed to put the ball in play. McLeod then struck out the next 14 batters, boosting the Bearkats into a share of first place with two weeks remaining in Southland regular-season play.Honorable Mention: Aaliyah Ruiz, Lamar; Sophie Hannabas, Southeastern Louisiana; Megan Landry, Nicholls.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Colonel Women’s Basketball Standout Barrios Signs Professional Contract in Bulgaria


first_imgBeroe posted an 11-3 record this past season in the Women Adriatic Basketball Association (WABA) and went on to win the league championship.A native of Raceland, La., Barrios graduated in the spring and leaves Nicholls as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. As a junior, she became the first Colonel to be named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and also went on to earn Southland Tournament MVP as she led Nicholls to its first conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She was also selected as Louisiana Player of the Year twice and garnered Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year in her junior and senior campaigns. Courtesy of Nicholls AthleticsTHIBODAUX, La. –  Nicholls State University women’s basketball guard Cassidy Barrios has signed a professional contract to continue her playing career with the BK Beroe Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. A six-time Southland Player of the Week in 2018-19, Barrios ranked 11th in the NCAA with 20 double-doubles. She also finished in the top six in the Southland in assists (4.3), steals (2.1), and blocks (1.3).The Colonels made the postseason for the second straight year, earning a bid into the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Barrios paced Nicholls to its first 20-win season in program history, which included a school record 14 victories in the Southland.ABOUT BEROE STARA ZAGORAThe women’s basketball team of Beroe is headquartered Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The team was established in the 1980s. Beroe reached final of the WABA League and finished second in 2017 before winning its first title in 2019.center_img As a senior, Barrios averaged 20.6 points and 10.8 rebounds and was one of just six Division I players to average 20 and 10. Her 660 points set a school single-season record, which was the ninth best in Southland Conference history, and she ended her career with a school record 1,993 points.last_img read more

ACU’s Breanna Wright Named Southland Women’s Basketball Player of the Year


first_img Stephanie Visscher Stephen F. Austin G So. Lulea, Sweden Aiyana Johnson Stephen F. Austin F/C So. Lee’s Summit, Mo. Dae Dae Evans Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G Sr. Bellaire, Texas Dominique Golightly2 Abilene Christian G Sr. Chickasha, Okla. Alexes Bryant2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi F Sr. Cibolo, Texas Dalesia Booth2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G Sr. San Antonio, Texas Taylor Sells Central Arkansas G Sr. Tulsa, Okla. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Taylor Sells2 Central Arkansas G Sr. Tulsa, Okla. 3 Three-time All-Defensive selection2 Two-time All-Defensive selection Amber Leggett Sam Houston State F So. Navarre, Fla. Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Dalesia Booth Texas A&M-Corpus Christi G Sr. San Antonio, Texas Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown 2020 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Third Team Celica Sterling Southeastern Louisiana G Sr. Baton Rouge, La. Breanna Wright3 Abilene Christian G Sr. Jarrell, Texas 2020 Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team Asia Woods New Orleans F Sr. Houston, Texas Damilola Balogun McNeese F Sr. Lagos, Nigeria 2020 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team 2020 Women’s Basketball All-Defensive Team Jaylonn Walker2 Sam Houston State G Sr. Calvert, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian senior guard Breanna Wright is the 2019-20 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday. The award was announced along with four other superlative honors and the 2019-20 Southland All-Conference rosters. The Southland Player of the Year Award is presented by Ready Nutrition.Wright has put together an impressive senior campaign and currently leads the conference in 10 categories. The Wildcats’ senior has consistently shown her dual-threat offensive ability as she tops the league with 18.1 points and 5.1 assists per game. Wright has shown her range all year with 85 made three-pointers to pace an ACU squad that ranks fourth nationally with 10 triples per game. The Jarrell, Texas, native also claimed a spot on the All-Southland first team, earning all-conference honors for the third time in her career.Sam Houston State’s Faith Cook claimed Newcomer of the Year after pushing the Bearkats to a 14-6 Southland record and the No. 4 tournament seed. In addition to averaging 10.7 points per game, the redshirt junior also stands second on the Bearkats’ squad with 81 assists for a 2.8 average.Southeastern Louisiana’s Alexius Horne is the Southland Freshman of the Year after helping the Lady Lions to their first postseason berth since the 2011-12 season. Horne leads SLU with 94 assists and 47 steals and becomes the program’s first Freshman of the Year honoree.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior forward Alexes Bryant took home the Defensive Player of the Year award, while Royce Chadwick was voted the Southland Coach of the Year. Chadwick guided the Islanders to a 17-3 record in Southland play and a 23-7 overall mark. The 23 wins ranks second in program history behind the 2009-10 squad’s 25 wins. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi led the way on the all-conference rosters with three selections and a pair of picks on the all-defensive team. Bryant and senior guard Dalesia Booth captured a second-team nods in addition to spots on the all-defensive team after leading A&M-Corpus Christi to a league-best 143 blocks and 1,129 rebounds in regular-season play. Dae Dae Evans rounds out the Islanders’ all-conference selections with a third-team nod.Abilene Christian, New Orleans, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin each picked up two all-conference honorees. Central Arkansas, UIW, McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana complete the All-Southland teams with one selection apiece.Joining A&M-Corpus Christi’s Bryant and Booth on the all-defensive team are UCA’s Taylor Sells, Lamar’s Jadyn Pimentel and Sam Houston State’s Amber Leggett.All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted.The opening round of play at the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. CT inside Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.Player of the Year: Breanna Wright, Abilene ChristianDefensive Player of the Year: Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiFreshman of the Year: Alexius Horne, Southeastern LouisianaNewcomer of the Year: Faith Cook, Sam Houston StateCoach of the Year: Royce Chadwick, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jadyn Pimentel Lamar G Jr. St. Louis, Mo. Imani Robinson UIW G Sr. Round Rock, Texas Amber Leggett Sam Houston State F So. Navarre, Fla. 2 Two-time All-Conference selection3 Three-time All-Conference selection Alexes Bryant2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi F Sr. Cibolo, Texas Rehema Franklin New Orleans G Sr. New Orleans, La.last_img read more

Scene set for double-header in Lae


first_imgLae FC has jumped up the National Soccer League competition points ladder to second spot following their victory today at Bisini Soccer Ground.The semi-finalist defeated bottom team Admiralty FC 2-1 in an outstanding match which was cancelled in round nine after a spectator violence incident.Both teams were on fire in the first half, scoring one goal each.Lae scored first in the first 20 minutes through Gebob Madu who comfortably pushed the ball into the net right in front of Admiralty’s goal.Admiralty fired back with a goal after a surprising second attempt by striker Roniel Igens, taking the score to 1-1 at half time.It was anybody’s game at this point as Lae FC show cased powerful kicks from one end of the field to another throughout the game which had the fans screaming for more action.The second half was very entertaining as both teams were desperate to score despite the raging Port Moresby heat.Finally, the goal of the day came from Lae FC’s Eluda Phoie 16 minutes into the second half.Phoie kicked the ball with his powerful legs 30 metres away straight through Admiralty’s goal which brought the score to 2-1.The score remained 2-1 at full time as Admiralty FC ended their 2014 NSL season with a loss.The semi-final gets underway this Saturday at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae with a double header as the four top teams this season go head to head.Top team Hekari United FC will face fourth place Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC in the first match at 1pm while Lae FC will battle with third placed  Oro FC at 3pm.The grand final and presentation is scheduled for May 24 also in Lae.As this will be a first for Lae to host the final playoffs, the board says it trusts that the general public and soccer fraternity appreciate this gesture by showing respect and sportsmanship to the visiting teams.last_img read more

Vanuatu beat PNG A by 28 runs


first_imgVanuatu batted first and set a mammoth target of 172 runs thanks to Nalin Nipoko’s 40 runs. His knock included 4 fours and 3 big sixes.Middle order batsman Andrew Mansale chipped in late in the innings with 28. Vanuatu finished at 9/172.PNG’S Kabua Vagi Morea was the best of the bowlers taking 4/20.In their response, PNG’S openers Chris Amini (80) and Riley Hekure (33) got things going. But their dismissals spelt the end for PNG as 6 wickets fell in close succession for 21 runs.In the end it was left to tail enders Joel Tom and Kohu Dai to chase down the target. Both batsmen finished unbeaten as PNG ran out of overs.PNG finished with 6/144. Vanuatu’s Patrick Matautaava was in devastating form taking 4/25.In the other match today, Tonga beat New Caledonia by 37 runs.last_img read more

Madang FC names team for round three


first_imgCoach Bob Morris named its 18 man travelling squad yesterday afternoon and left for Goroka today.Coach Morris says he has put in some new players to take the field with Sojo Mandari to stand at the goal mouth, Langarap Samol, Rodney Talau, Ray Romo and Nigel Malagain to be the backliners.He says the two midfielders are Darren Steven who last week played wing against Admiralty FC and Hanson Tirimo with wingers Ian Hangasa and Vanya Malagin.He says the two strikers are captain Max Sengum and Samuel Kini with seven reserves.Coach Morris says he has decided with his assistant to use all the players so that they get the feel of playing in professional football.He says most of the players are new but have learned a lot from the experienced players and know they will do their best to make Madang proud.Meantime, Madang Soccer Association president Ray Romo has issued a strong warning to the so-called pressure group in Madang who are going against MFC management and coaching staff.Romo says it’s about time those so-called big name players of Madang  stop and work together to make Madang FC move forward.He urged them to throw their support behind team manager Max Kitao and coach Bob Morris.last_img read more

Usain Bolt has never run a mile


first_imgThe world’s fastest man may have six Olympic gold medals, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect.Far from it, in fact, if you consider his agent Ricky Simms’ most recent shock admission about the Jamaican track star.For all his celebrity and speed, Bolt has never run a mile.He’s never run the 1609m middle distance mark. Ever.Sure, the 29-year-old, has never needed to run further than 200m to cement his reputation as one of the greatest athletes ever seen, but one would assume a professional athlete would have, at some point, shuffled the 400m Olympic track four times consecutively.Wrong.“Usain has never run a mile,” Simms told The New Yorker.The magazine attempts to answer the question of how quick Bolt could run the magic mile in a piece by Charles Bethea.The mechanics of running the 100m do not necessarily transfer to the physical attributes needed to run 1600m.In fact, as you may expect, exercise physiologist experts believe Bolt would get nowhere near the mark of the fastest mile ever run.Moroccan legend Hicham El Guerrouj ran his magic mile in 1999 with a time of 3:43.13.Some human movement experts believe Bolt would even struggle to record a 1600m distance under five minutes.There is an explanation.“Speed over short distances does not automatically guarantee relative speed over long distances,” exercise physiology professor at University of the Free State professor Ross Tucker told The New Yorker.“Mainly because the system used to produce energy sent to muscles is quite different. What a 100m or 200m sprinter relies on is incapable of meeting his demands over a mile. By definition, the training a short-distance sprinter does is in polar opposition to that of a middle-distance runner. One-hundred-metre speed translates pretty well up to 400m. But after that there is a large change.”Former cross-country coach at university level Robert Johnson said Bolt’s speed would not aid him over a mile.“He’s a total fast-twitch-muscle-fibre guy,” Johnson, the co-founder of, said.“To expect Bolt to be good at the mile simply because he is the world’s greatest sprinter would be like expecting a great 320 pound (145kg) NFL offensive lineman to be good at playing running back simply because he’s a great football player. It’s ludicrous.”Fortunately, for the athletics superstar, 1600m is a distance he doesn’t need to be concerned about.Taking care of business in the 100m and 200m is the only thing he needs to do to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.Since he coasted to the 100m finish line in world-record time at the Bird’s Nest eight years ago, Usain Bolt has been the smiling face of track and field. He has served as the anchorman of the Olympics — virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.His tender hamstring improving, Bolt will be back for a final crack at Olympic glory when track starts in Rio de Janeiro on August 12.If, as expected, he wins all three sprint events — the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay — he’ll only add to his legacy and cement himself at the fore of any conversation about Greatest Olympian Ever. He is already the first person to win back-to-back Olympic gold at 100 and 200 metres.Whether viewed over the six days he runs in Rio, or over the eight years he’s graced the world with his once-in-a-lifetime mix of speed, smiles and showmanship, the World’s Fastest Man has offered track a reprieve from the wasteland of corrupt countries, reshuffled medals and win-at-any-cost malfeasance it has become.That’s not so much Bolt’s concern.Over the past four years, only one man, American Justin Gatlin — the 2004 100-metre gold medallist who, himself, has served two doping bans — has been able to seriously challenge Bolt at either 100 or 200 metres. More than racing against Gatlin, though, Bolt is racing against the clock — and into history.And yet, the doping scourge doesn’t elude him, either. His relay medal from 2008 is in jeopardy now, thanks to retests conducted by the IOC that indicate teammate Nesta Carter could have used a banned substance.In the past, the IOC has stripped entire relay teams of medals even when only one person dopes.At almost every stop he makes, Bolt is asked about doping.In an interview before his tune-up race in London in July, he showed off the Band-Aid covering the mark where testers had drawn their latest tube full of blood.“Rules are rules and doping violations in track and field is getting really bad, so if you feel like you need to make a statement then thumbs up,” Bolt said of the Russian ban.He has never tested positive, has mostly managed to smile through the thinly veiled questions about his own doping virtue, and, when the stakes are greatest, has rarely failed to put on a show people want to watch.The next act starts with 100-metre qualifying on Aug. 13. Bolt, who turns 30 on the day of the closing ceremony in Rio, has said he’ll hang up the spikes after an encore season in 2017, but more recently has left the door slightly cracked for racing beyond that.last_img read more

Touch footy to begin preparations for World Cup


first_imgPNG currently has a total of 30 players on the elite squad for both women and men.TFPNG will be looking to expand the team following the 2017 National Touch Championships in Port Moresby, proposed for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.TFPNG president Dadi Toka Jr told Loop PNG that this selections will also be in preparation for future international events leading up to the 2019 World Cup.Toka confirmed that they will select a total of 60 players after the national championships.“The World Cup is in 2019 so we need a bigger pool of elite players as it allows us to anticipate any changes to players getting injured, pregnant or facing disciplinary action,” he said.Brisbane-based touch football association, Queensland PNG Magani, as a new affiliate to TFPNG, will manage four of PNG’s current Australian-based players.Toka added that TFPNG has a very positive outlook as they prepare for more touch football activities and the national championships.PNG men’s, women’s and mixed teams finished in the top ten out of 53 countries that took part in 2015 Touch Footy World Cup.The men’s and women’s teams both grabbed gold at the 2015 Pacific Games and the mixed team won silver.last_img read more