Pacific Games 2015

One more Gold for Apisah in Tennis

This is the fourth Gold Abigail Tere-Apisah picked up in the competition defeating New Caledonia's Yaelle Honakoko.

Tere-Apisah won in straight sets 6-1 6-2 in the women's singles against Honakoko.

Meanwhile Abigail’s niece, Violet Apisah (PNG) missed out in bronze just after 2pm going down to New Caledonia's Ana Pain.

Apisah lost 2 sets to 1 in a long drawn out match that lasted two hours.

Pain won the match 6-4 1-6 6-4.

Pain won Gold in the 2011 Pacific Games in tennis however did not make it to the Gold medal play off.

All PNG teams in Squash Gold medal play off

PNG's Madako Suari and Lynette Vai defeated New Caledonia's Laurent Guepy Kareen Hamou just before 1pm winning 2 sets to 1.

Suari and Vai won the first set in a close encounter 11-10.

New Caledonia bounced back from the loss claiming the second set 11-7 before PNG made a comeback in the third, winning 11-5.

Suari and Vai will prepare to take on Papua New Guinea's Robin Morove and Eli Webb at 3pm.

Pictured are Suari and Vai after winning their match today.

Crowd build up as games nears end

 At BSP Stadium were track and field, hockey, beach volleyball and netball are being played, a bumper crowd is expected.

As early as 8am this morning, people who have yet to purchase tickets lined up at the ticket booths to grab the remaining tickets to be part of the games.

On the draw card today, the track and field events started at 10am and end at 1:50pm with the relay of the men and women’s 4x100m relay.

In beach volleyball, PNG women will play for the bronze medal play off at 2pm and men gold medal qualifier at 1pm.

Papua New Guinea is expected to dominate the 400 hurdle finals at the BSP Stadium in Port Moresby today

Gime and Joshua Peniel will give their local hero a good challenge and the race is expected to be a one, two, three, finish for Papua New Guinea.

“I cannot underestimate my opponents but i must have a positive mind,” Gime said.

Boino in his last Pacific Games, and running on the tracks where he started his carrier will be using his experience gained over the years of dominance in the code as his weapon, and spectators are sure to be standing all the way to the finish line.

The games record is held by Boino with a time of 50.96 seconds.

PNG humiliate Tonga 81-27 in netball

This is the host nation’s second successive win at the XV Pacific Games after day two of netball competition.

But the Unaisi Rokoura coached side will be tested tomorrow when they play the Samoans.

PNG captain Lua Rikis knows a win against the Samoa women will boost her team’s confidence and medal prospects and urged the home fans turn up in big numbers.   

“We play Samoa tomorrow, it will be tough and your support will help.”

Meanwhile, PNG were on top of the Tongans and by the half way mark were leading 39-13.

Vanuatu cruise past hockey new chums Tonga

Despite a spirited display by Tonga, who have not participated in Pacific Games hockey before, Vanuatu ran out comfortable 21-1 winners in the men’s match.

Vanuatu captain Hiro Namu gave credit to his opponents despite the one-sided nature of the contest.

“The Tongans played tough, but I was pleased with our performance – the boys played well,” Namu said.

“The Tongans were not a challenge because this is their first time to play hockey in the Pacific Games. They were not strong but it was good experience and I praise their good sportsmanship.

PNG touch rugby into semi finals

PNG started strongly taking a 6-0 lead at half time.

Touch downs went to Margret Luke, Marlon Stevens, Kele Lessy and Grace Kouba.

PNG continued their dominance in the second half of play with touch downs scored that included Pauline Arazi and Jenny Carol.

Cook Islands only managed one touchdown to Cahjun Willis.

In other games, Tonga beat Kiribati 10-5.

PNG will play again at 12pm once the draws are finalized.

The medal play offs are scheduled for this afternoon.

PNG and Nauru to battle in basketball

With PNG ranked seventh and fifth for the men and women respectively at the 2011 Games, Nauru has  not participated since 2003-2011.

The women team, known as Valivas, will head on to the court at 5pm while the men will play their game at 7pm.

PNG Valivas will be banking on key players Betty Angula, Nesta Sape and captain Marca Muri who have been outstanding in the previous two matches.

Nauru has Shania Ika, Kerina Adam and Jeiziannie Deraudag to power them on.

PNG paddler misses finals

Morea clocked 3 minutes in his heat 1 event of 2:58 sec.

Jacky Tuakoifenu from Wallis and Futuna came first with 2:38 sec, Gary Volau from Fiji in second place with 2:37 sec while Ketson Kabriec from Northern Marianas finished 3rd with 2:56 sec.

Meanwhile the men's finals will be played soon.