Pacific Games

Catherine Wilson proud for silver in karate

The 19 year old won silver after she was defeated 6-0 by gold medallist Fijian Drodrolagi Kidia in the female individual kumite -61kg category.

Catherine said the silver medal means a lot because this is her first Pacific Games and first ever medal.

Women boxers to set Pacific Games first

The watershed moment for women in the boxing came when it was added to the London 2012 Olympic Games program.

Since 2012, women have featured at other large events like the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the recent 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

PNG loses to Tahiti in men’s volleyball

The bronze medal holders lost to silver medallist Tahiti 3-0 in a close encounter this evening at the BSP Arena.

The Tahitians were too strong and surprised the sell-out crowd as they put on a great show.

The arena was filled to capacity with fans supporting the home team but they were  disappointed after Tahiti stomped over PNG in the first set 25-22.

The crowd kept chanting and cheering the home team on as the pressure was applied in the second set.

Queen of Pacific bodybuilder from New Caledonia

PNG's Paul Moses won bronze while Maryanne Moses of Fiji won silver.

In the heavyweight 55kg female division, Ursula Martin bagged gold while PNG's Misa Avefa won silver and Haifa June Work won bronze.

 The men's middleweight under 85kg finals is underway.


Values common from sport stars to public servants

That is from Australian High Commission’s Minister-Counsellor Governance, Rodney Hilton at the Leadership4Life event for the Pacific Games.

He says leadership is about initiative, action, courage and teamwork and that good leaders inspire and support those around them so they can achieve common goals.

Body building finals this evening

This morning saw Mark Donald of PNG, Gyandera Maharaj of Fiji, Rocky Teklem of Solomon Islands, Yvan Thales of New Caledonia and Posing-Simon luis-Sail of Tahiti took to the stage to compete in the under 65kg male division while Salen Jim of PNG, Sione Sale of Tonga, Gary Colombani of Tahiti, Venon Bhim of Fiji, Denis Dolanga Sala of Solomon Islands and Nelson Sanmarso of New Caledonia took part in the men’s over 65kg division.

The women contestants only participated in the under 55kg and over 55kg divisions.

Fiji qualifies for Rio Olympics

Fiji beat Vanuatu 4-3 in penalty shoot outs tonight at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium.

More To come..

Council wants Pacific Games recognised as Continental Games: Minogue

However, according to PGC Executive Director Andrew Minogue there’s still some work and convincing to do before it fully becomes a recognised games for the region like all other continents.

“We have Australia and New Zealand here and some of the sport are really using the Games now to qualify for the Olympics or World Championships and we have to deliver to a certain standard,” said Minogue.

Guam grabs gold in men’s basketball

A bumper crowd turned up to watch the match with a high number of Guam supporters.

Fiji got off to a good start leading in the first quarter 17-15 but Guam bounced back in the second quarter to take the lead by 10 points at half time, 36-26.

Guam dominated the rest of the game with three pointers coming from Jesus Cruz taking Guam to 51-44 at the end of the third quarter.

Both teams put up a great challenge and entertained the crowd in the final quarter as the countdown began to full time.

Power lifters are awesome - Haoda

He spoke to Loop PNG straight after the completion of the XV Pacific Games power lifting competition yesterday.

"All 15 athletes won medals," Haoda said.

PNG collected 8 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze in the 15 weight divisions for both male and female.

Haoda added that his troops effort were unbelievable because they were without a coach till April this year.

"The coach ( Scott Upstod) did wonders in preparing the team within two months."

Haoda also thanked PNGPF sponsors KK Kingston, SP Brewery and PNGOC - Go gold program.