In the team farewell ceremony last night at the Murray Barracks oval, the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was handed the flag by the representative guards of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment following which he announced the flag bearer and handed over the flag to Paulson to carry.When announcing the flag bearer, mistress of ceremony Ellie Webb said that the chosen athlete embodied all that was good about the team and embodied sporting abilities and achievements and would proudly represent the nation and lead Team PNG in the opening ceremony.Webb says that Paulson was a humble athlete who was committed and displayed the virtues of honesty and an example of what sports could do for people.She says that Paulson was a dedicated member of the athletes commission and was now a senior athlete who had represented PNG on the international stage with distinction.Recently being a world record holder and gold medalist, she is a three times gold medalist at the Pacific Games with aims to bag another gold in front of the home crowd.Speaking to Loop PNG after the announcement an emotional Paulson says that she was humbled and touched by the choice for her to carry the flag and lead the home contingent into the opening ceremony.She says that she was also excited and wished all her team mates a good Games, adding that they must perform and give the visitors a good fight as they were competing on home soil.In the flag handover ceremony, the military guards marched on with the PNG flag and handed it to their Commander in Chief, the Prime Minister who in turn handed it to Paulson.
5. Memphis (21-3) 6 This is about as high as Tigers will climb because of C-USA. 6. Kansas (21-4) 9 Jayhawks can steal No. 1 seed if Badgers, Bruins falter. 7. Texas A&M (21-4) 4 State doesn’t disintegrate since Tech’s Knight ends losing streak vs. Aggies. 8. Nevada (22-2)12 Fazekas gives Wolfpack the Gonzaga complex. 9. Washington State (21-4) 13 Throw conventional prognostications out with Wazzu. 10. Marquette (21-5) 11 Loss to Georgetown doesn’t look so bad now. 11. Pittsburgh (22-4) 7 Losing to Louisville is one of surprise results of season. 12. Butler (24-3) 10 After beating Florida Gulf Coast, is Sun Coast Grammar next? 13. North Carolina (22-4) 8 No ACC team in top 10 speaks of parody, not parity. 14. Air Force (21-4) 18 At least one Academy is worthy of watching. 15. Alabama (18-6) 15 Loss to Mississippi not as bad as many would think. 16. Oregon (20-5) 14 Duck, Ducks, because a few more losses could signal NIT. 17. Georgetown (19-5) NR Hoyas finally playing like they should have at start of season. 18. USC (18-7) 22 O.J. Mayo still making more noise in L.A. than Trojans. 19. Southern Illinois (22-5) 23 Mizzou Valley Conference shedding mid-major label. 20. Virginia Tech (18-7) NR Tar Heels seeing Green(berg) about Hokie uprising. 21. Arizona (17-7) NR Results vs. L.A. schools this weekend will determine NCAA seed. 22. Kansas State (18-8) 19 Wonder where coach Bob Huggins will be in two years. 23. West Virginia (19-6) 20 Mountaineers follow up one of biggest wins (UCLA) with blowout loss to Hoyas. 24. Indiana (17-6) 25 Can coach Kelvin Sampson be blamed for Oklahoma football violations? 25. Kentucky (18-7) 21 ‘Cats are this week’s obligatory last team in rankings. – Brian Dohn Five players in double figures show Gators’ multiplicity. 2. Ohio State (22-3) 2 Imagine if Greg Oden could use his right hand? 3. Wisconsin (24-2) 5 Badgers could give Big Ten two No. 1 seeds. 4. UCLA (21-3) 2 After trip to W.Va., no wonder Howland doesn’t like Feb. nonconference games. (Through Tuesday) 1. Florida (23-2) 1