PNG gets silver in men’s doubles

PNG’s Geoffrey Loi and Gasika Sepa Simoi collected silver in the men’s doubles in table tennis, going down to host country Vanuatu.

The table tennis competition concluded on Saturday night at the Korman indoor stadium, where Loi and Simoi really proved their worth at the VAN2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Making the gold medal play off against the host nation was more than the team could ask for.

Vanuatu proved too strong, winning 2 sets to one, causing PNG to settle for silver while New Caledonia’s Adrien Cerveaux and Jeremy Dey got bronze.

Vanuatu claimed another gold in table tennis with Ham Lulu and Yoshua Shing collecting gold in the men’s doubles to retain their title.

The home side of Lulu and Shing received their medals from the founder of table tennis in Vanuatu, and their native sandalwood trees from Anolyn Lulu, Vanuatu’s most famous table tennis player.

PNG’s Loi and Simoi were happy with their efforts in adding two silver medals to PNG’s medal tally.

(PNG’s Geoffrey Loi in action)

Sophie Yaruso