The Pacific in Union program run by PNG Rugby Football Union is fast becoming popular among schools nationwide with newest addition, Kopkop College.Kopkop College, based in Port Moresby, has expressed interest in taking up the fast-spreading program.Teacher Mary Udu said participating in the PiU program would be a great opportunity to engage the kids in sporting activities, mainly rugby union.She said that the only problem they were faced with is the non-availability of playing fields.She said that once the school administration and board come up with a solution, they will get right into running the program.Other teachers also expressed their interest saying the program would be a great way of teaching the kids healthy lifestyles and good eating habits.Kopkop College, being a new school in the nation’s capital, will also be joining the NCD Rugby Schools competition later in term three if all goes well with the implementation of the program.Kopkop College will be officially presented with new PiU equipment this week by the PNGRFU.Meanwhile, one of PiU’s pilot schools in Port Moresby, St Joseph’s International Catholic College, is well underway with preparations for their rugby festival in term three.St Joseph’s Head of Sports John Agovai said that the students have been in training and are looking forward to the big event on their school calendar, the rugby festival.Last week, PiU representatives Frank Genia and Kapani Robert visited the school delivering new rugby equipment for the students.Agovai said that currently, students categorized in the three different PiU levels have been focusing on their training leading up to the festival.Apart from the St Josephs, another pilot school, the Port Moresby Grammar has already begun festival preparations.Sports teacher Mr. Wahu spoke well of his students preparations saying that even though they only kicked off with rugby training last week, the kids seem more than excited and are looking forward to the rest of what’s ahead.
There’s little need to rehash the struggles the Arizona Cardinals faced at quarterback over the last few seasons, but let’s just say things could not have been much worse.So, while the team’s defense was emerging as one of the best in the league, the team was held back by an offense that, well, stunk.But hope is on the horizon, as new head coach Bruce Arians brought in veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to run the offense. We have yet to see the former Pro Bowler’s impact on the field, but he’s certainly changed the perception of the locker room. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires However, it would be foolish to underestimate the difference a quality quarterback can make, as this was a team that won 10 games, the division title and one playoff contest just a few years ago with Kurt Warner under center. But with the way things have gone since No. 13 retired, it seems like longer.He added: “I was talking to Carson the other day and he said he’s never really played with a good defense before. I told him it’s been awhile since I played with a good quarterback.” Maybe the wait is finally over. – / 36 Top Stories While one can expect the Cardinals to be an improved team, it is a bit difficult to see them improving to the point of surpassing division — and conference — favorites San Francisco and Seattle. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In a piece by CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman, defensive lineman Calais Campbell is quoted as being rather excited about the team’s new signal caller.So much so, that he thinks Palmer could be the difference between a team that finished last in the NFC West in 2012 finishing first in 2013.“We have a quarterback,” he said.And there it is. The big reason why the Cardinals could end up being one of the true surprises in football comes down to two words: Carson Palmer.“I think it’s very likely we can win the division, yes,” Campbell said. “I respect every opponent in our division. Every one. But I think of it this way. We were able to hang in a bunch of our division games without a real quarterback.“I don’t want to disrespect anyone but now we have a real quarterback to go with a good defense. When we play with a lead, we’re hard to beat. This is the first time in years that we have an offense that matches our defense.” Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact