2017 Pacific Mini Games

PNG boxers to fight today

Their fights will commence at 1pm local time (12pm PNG time) and first up will be Tamasi Kami in the over 91kg against Samoa. He will be followed by John Ume in the 64kg against Nauru.

Andrew Aisaga in the under 69kg will fight at 7pm this evening against Solomon Islands.

The final PNG bout will see Lucas Wakore in the under 81kg, going up against a Tahiti boxer representing the Pacific Games Council (PGC).

These are all quarter final-matches with the winner going through to the semi-finals the tomorrow.

PNG rake in one gold, four silver and three bronze

Kaputin stamped her authority on the event from the start with a Pacific Games record of 6.20m, followed by a wind assisted 6.40m to win by over 60cm from Annie Topal and Adrine Monagi.

The clean sweep in the long jump was a great moment for PNG as the poles had all three PNG flags rising in the middle of the stadium.

Peniel Richard was also in fine form in the men’s high jump winning the silver medal with a season’s best of 2.03m whilst junior athlete, Roland Hure placed fourth with a personal best of 1.94m.

Wisil siblings book finals spot

PNG also did a clean sweep in the long jump event, claiming gold, silver and bronze.

Track and field events at the VAN2017 Pacific Mini Games got underway today as PNG showed their class out on the field and tracks as well.

Toea Wisil’s brother, Kupun, competed in the 100 metre event where he managed to make the finals for a chance at a medal.

Boino gave some valuable lessons to the younger athletes in the 400 metre hurdles as he came in first in his heat, automatically qualifying for the finals tomorrow.

Updated mini games tally

PNG is still ranked third on the medal tally, closely following Fiji whilst New Caledonia has leapt ahead with 28 gold medals under its belt.



PNG community hosts national team

The community had the opportunity to meet and talk to Team PNG athletes and officials and expressed their support for the team.

Team PNG had the opportunity to share some food, stories and performances from community members.

Master of ceremony and Team PNG’s liaison officer, Aidoz Lohia, said many of the community members have been living in Vanuatu for more than 10 years and it was good to see their country’s national team visit through their participation at the Games.

PNG bags bronze in men’s golf comp

New Caledonia was leading after round three of the men’s competition but was knocked back to the bronze play-off against Annato, who was running on the third spot.

Going neck-to-neck, the two men had to break the tie in the end but the winds were in PNG’s favour as Annato gave Morgan Dufour a good run, sinking the ball on the third tier to claim bronze for PNG.

PNG also won a silver each in the men's individual and team events.

In the women’s team event, New Caledonia bagged gold whilst PNG and Fiji got silver and bronze respectively.

PNG gets silver in men’s doubles

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.

Updated mini games tally

New Caledonia is still maintaining the top spot with 24 gold medals.

Fiji has now displaced PNG with 15 gold medals under its belt.

PNG is currently on third spot with 14 gold medals, with Samoa nipping at her heels.

Host country Vanuatu brings up the rear with 8 gold medals.

Today is rest day. Matches will resume tomorrow. 

Updated mini games tally

PNG still has 14 gold under its belt whilst NCL is dominating the event with 25 gold medals to its name.

Samoa is breathing down PNG’s back with 13 gold medals with Fiji close on her heel.

More updates to follow… 

5 medals in karate

A silver medal went to Vincent Bougen in the men’s -84kg division.

Crystal Mari also won silver in the women’s -60kg kumite (sparring).

A bronze medal went to Nigel Bana in the men’s -60kg Kumite.

Cosmas Saliawali and Crystal Mari both took out bronze medals for the PNG karate team in the men’s and women’s individual kata respectively.

PNG karate team coach Trevor Roberts encouraged the team to keep training hard for competitions such as the VAN2017 Pacific Games.