Pacific teams target winning finish to AFL International Cup

In the men's draw, Nauru are chasing a third straight win against in the fifth place playoff against Great Britain, while Fiji are guaranteed to improve on their 10th place finish three years ago when they face Canada in the playoff for seventh spot.

Meanwhile it's an all-Pacific affair in the women's competition, with the Papua New Guinea Flames and Fiji playing off for fifth place.

PNG didn't compete at the last International Cup and tour manager Peter Harrison was expecting the Fijians to provide a stern challenge.

Four from four for Garamuts

An unbeaten 59 runs from Nou Reva Rarua, plus knocks from Igo John Mahuru (31), Heagi Ronald Toua (30) and Ovia Lohia Sam (29) help set up a target of 264.

Fiji’s run chase ended inside 16 overs after they were all bowled out for 54.

Sam (4/2) made light work of the Fijians ripping through the batting attack. Sam was assisted by Boge Daniel Arua (2/23) and James Junior Tau (1/10).

Fiji: 54 16.3/50 ov RR: 3.27

Papua New Guinea: 264/9 50/50 ov RR: 5.28.

The Garamuts will take on Samoa on Monday August 14. 

Group B comes down to the wire

Already out of contention for the semi-final stage, competition debutants American Samoa will be out to cause an upset when they face Tonga in the opening match of the day. Tonga need a strong win – and Cook Islands to defeat Fiji – to equalise with Fiji on points and overtake the Melanesian nation on goal difference.

Feeling positive after claiming their first point of the competition on Monday, Tonga coach Lafaela Moala has put Cook Islands and Fiji’s encounter out of his mind and is keeping focus on repeating the impressive performance Tonga gave against Fiji.

Garamuts beat Fiji by four wickets

The Fijians batted first and after 19.2 overs were reeling at 5-42. Wickets continued to fall and they found themselves all out for 88 inside 36 overs.

Jack Fraser Charters (16) and Samuel Nakuna (16) top scored with the bat. With the ball for Garamuts, it was Boge Daniel Arua (4/21) who did the damage.

Despite their losing their openers cheaply, Heagi Ronald Toua (27), Vagi Karaho (15) and Nou Reva Rarua (14*) guided the Garamuts home to reach the target in 25.2 overs losing six wickets along the way.

PNG will take on hosts Samoa tomorrow. 

NZ Navy catches tuna vessels dumping rubbish off Fiji

News Hub reports it's the third time the crew aboard the HMNZS Hawea have caught offshore vessels breaking the law when it comes to proper disposal of waste.

The area is a multimillion-dollar tuna fishery - a precious resource that's often abused.

On board a Chinese long-liner, around 15km from land, the hold contains a sizeable catch of Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna, but it appears this haul matches the captain's books.

The vessel has a total of around 80 tonnes of fish on board, and the crew's documentation appears to all be in order.

France to be COP23 spokesman

Speaking at the 10th conference of Pacific Community (SPC), French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin thanked the Pacific for the support it provided for the successful adoption of the Paris Agreement during COP21.
“I want to thank you for the unfailing support that you provided during COP21. It was due to your contributions and commitment that COP21 was so successful.

Academic encourages Fiji to look at climate change alternatives

Terence Wesley Smith, from the University of Hawaii, says after the coup and sanctions, a lot of the driving force for Fiji has been dealing with the issue of climate change on an international level.

As part of this, Fiji will preside over the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations in November.

Mr Wesley Smith said the dynamic is changing, with China - with which Fiji has sought closer relations - taking a more active leadership role after the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord.

Fiji launches national diabetes registration

The online database will give health professionals nation-wide access to the records of patients with diabetes for the first time.

Despite the Ministry of Health stating that around 30 percent of Fijians have diabetes, there has been a lack of accurate data available to clinics.

Fiji's Diabetes Centre medical officer Lisi Finiasi said there hasn't been accurate numbers of how many people in the country actually have diabetes because clinics were working in isolation.

Dr Finiasi said the new registration would lead to better treatment and prevention of the disorder.

Fiji U-19 dedicates game against Samoa to late goal keeper

The late Lockington is an upcoming goal keeper, who was part of the team to participate in the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship but withdraw prior to the team’s departure due to illness.

Her death was a big blow for the Fiji team but despite of cloud of sadness hovering over them they put their hearts for Francine.

Fiji coach Saroj Kumar said it was tough outing for the Fijian girls who were still visibly shaken by the loss of their teammate and they want to dedicate his side’s valiant performance to Lockington.

Tonga gifted a spot at RWC 2019 in Japan

With the combined results of the 2016 and 2017 cups doubling as World Cup qualifiers, Samoa needed to at least draw with the unbeaten Fijians to overhaul Tonga and reach the tournament in Japan in two years time.

Even a bonus point in defeat might have been enough.

They led 16-14 at half time in Apia but had no answers as Fiji over-ran them in the second half.

Fiji, who secured qualification last week when they defeated Tonga 14-10, scored five tries in total, including a hat-trick to scrumhalf Henry Seniloli.