Sales of liquor and drinking in public places has been banned by the Papua-New Guinea administration over the Christmas and New Year holiday period as a law and order measure.
Sales of liquor and drinking in public places has been banned by the Papua-New Guinea administration over the Christmas and New Year holiday period as a law and order measure. So around Port Moresty, sport is king.
AT shanty village like Baruni on the outskirts of Moresby, and at Poribads-- a stilt village 15 miles from capital -- Rugby League, Boxing and cricket competitions are taking place in makeshift conditions. But although the arenas may be as unorthodox as some of the contestants, enjoyment and excitement are there as always.
A Rugby League match between Papuan and New Quinea teams wert off smoothly without repetition of the riots that accompanied an earlier representative match at Port Moresby in July. This game actually was a match between Papuan nationals and Papuans who have lived in New Guinea. Most now live around Port Moresby.
Still homes provided grandstand accommodation for spectators.
At Boroke Rugby station, a "boxathou" is being held to raise money to send ten native boxers to the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. Larry Dick, a middleweight, end John Kepi (white sh'rt with (Boroke boxing club insignia) will both compete at Christchurch and provided a popular exhibition bout.
Perhaps the most popular past-time is cricket at Baruni village on a pitch in the dust outside the village. Batsman reveal styles all of their own and though techniques aren't up to Shield field Shield standard, the match is never dull. Lrin cloths replace flannels, perhaps to facilities bigger hitting. One batsman in particular took to the bowlers with gusto -- and one swipe saw the bat swishing from his grasp.
For the children and women -- traditional dancing in Baruni village, completing a colourful holiday in Papua-New Guinea.