Joy Tubongbanua of Murcia, Negros Occidental takes home a gold medal in 12-13 girls kumite and a bronze in 10-11 advanced kata. FACEBOOK MANILA – Western Visayas student athletes stamped class with seven medals including two golds in the karate event of the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals in Baguio City.Joy Tubongbanua of Murcia, Negros Occidental captured gold in the 12-13 girls kumite before settling for bronze in the 10-11 advanced kata.Rheihart Placido of Bacolod City also clinched a gold medal in the 12-13 boys intermediate kata while fellow Bacolodnon Rita Alexis Cuadra fell short of claiming a gold medal and brought home a silver in the 14-15 cadets girls advanced kata.Clinching bronze medals for Region 6 were Negros’ Zyrhon Vallejera (11-12 advanced kata), Bacolod’s Kyle Francois Armada (14-15 cadets boys advanced kata) and Iloilo City’s Rare Hartha de Aras (10-11 girls kumite). Meanwhile Bacolod added another arnis gold courtesy of Justin Kyle Melliza and Jean Elijah Beronio in team double weapon traditional. Another Bacolodnon, Micah Tanate, claimed gold in table tennis cadet girls singles.Aklan got two silver medals from Christine Leire Malapit in taekwondo cadet female lightweight and Michael Lozada in 11-12 triathlon as swimmers Maria Reina Nazareta and Kyla Soguilon bagged a bronze each.Aklanons also won three bronze medals in athletics – Christian Ote in secondary boys discus throw, Nina Fe Aquilissa in secondary girls long jump and Marian Milloroso in secondary girls javelin throw.Negrenses Yessamin Carbonela and Ryle Simon Biadora also claimed a bronze medal each in the secondary girls 2000m walk and secondary boys 400m hurdles, respectively./PN
Soccer BY BENJAMIN KOITAKA The soccer fraternity in Papua New Guinea needs to address and invest more in local talent identification and skills development pathways for future stars, says one of the country’s former strikers and coach. Former striker and national women’s coach Steven Mune raised the concerns after former Lae City FC skipper Raymond Gunemba and former Hekari United captain David Muta made their intentions on retiring. “These are very skillful players and we must have spare ones to fill the gap,” he said. “Rising of better and skillful players comes from early learning and mistakes from a growing person.” Mune, said the decline in players’ skills in certain sporting codes was due to the failure of not passing on these skills to the future generation. “Talent identification programs should be the first option every club should have in order to have a skillful and competitive team,” he said. “PNG needed strong backline, midfield and strikers if we have to be leaders in soccer. Other soccer nations strongly concentrated on raw talents, their development and scouting programs at early stages,” he said. Mune, who voluntarily ran similar programs for school-aged children at the Ward Strip Primary School in Port Moresby late last year, saw a good turnout participating. “I ran such similar programs on my own initiative to give some of my skills to the kids and I hope to continue,” he said. Mune, who coached Kagua-Erave FC in the 2018-19 season in the Highlands conference, said there was potential in the Highlands region but there was little avenues available to use them or expose them. “There are lot of skilful players and talents in the Highlands but they needed to be exposed with good mentoring and other mechanisms. He said hosting the NSL in the Highlands was great and an eye opener for the provinces in the region.
Buxton’s ‘Carl Hooper’ Sports Club and Better Hope Cricket Club stormed to the final of the Elizabeth Styles/East Coast Cricket Board 40-overs-a-side tournament. The preliminary rounds consisted of nine matches for each participating team and culminated with Better Hope B beating Lusignan Sports Club by nine wickets and Buxton defeating Clonbrook Cricket Club by 18 runs in the semi-finals. At the Better Hope Community Centre Ground, Lusignan, asked to bat first, reached 118 all out in 30.3 overs.Better Hope B in reply took 28.1 overs to reach 119-1.