Pacific Games

Games: 15 gold up for grabs today

In shooting, there will be two gold medals up for grabs in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event.

The women’s final takes place at 11:15 at the June Valley Shooting Range, with the men’s final following at 15:30.

There will be four gold medals awarded in Va’a (canoeing) in the men’s and women’s 1500m and 500m V6 events, which start at 12:00 at the Naval Base.

The women’s and men’s team table tennis finals will take place at the Caritas Technical Secondary School at East Boroko at 14:30 and 17:00.

PNG down Fiji in close encounter – Men’s Basketball

Just before full time, the score was 72-70 in favour of PNG.

But Fiji bounced back through a three pointer to narrow the margin, 73-72.

More pressure was put on PNG as the crowd went wild with seconds to go.

PNG rushed to score two more points though Apia Muri to take PNG home.

Outstanding play from Iakah Leahy and Allan Wright also contributed to PNG’s victory.

PNG led all throughout the game.

First quarter the score was 24-21, halftime score was 63-51 and third quarter score was 63-51.

Dika bounces back

After failing to lift a bar in the snatch, Toua hit the winning note with a first successful lift of 103kg, clearly claiming Gold when Australian lifter Erica Yamasaki failed her 103kg lift.

Toua lifted the 105kg and 110kg bar, and the home crowd went wild.


PNG trailing half time in women's basketball

Tahiti took the lead in the first quarter 21-15.

PNG struggled in the second quarter, going up against a strong defence from Tahiti.

Tahiti maintained their lead and were 20 points ahead at four minutes to full time.

Despite support from the home crowd that put a lot of pressure on the visitors, the Marca  Muri to  45-25.

Kiwi lifter in ‘cannibal’ controversy heads home

 New Zealand Olympic Committee spokesperson Ashley Abbott says they are disappointed as his comments were very inappropriate.

“The young man is very apologetic and he has apologised and is back home now,” she says.

Douglas Sekone-Fraser posted a picture, his ‘selfie’ and that of some traditional dancers on Instagram.

 Under his selfie he wrote:

Gearing ready for the opening ceremony #olydix #cannibals #png2015 #weightlifting #pacific games, #Papua New Guniea

Under the picture of traditional dancers he wrote:

Golden girl Dika fails in first event

The Commonwealth Games gold medalist started her bar weights at  80kg she dropped the two attempts and at the third attempt increased the bar by 1kg  to 81kg and failed.

Dika's third attempt made all the spectators go quiet and when she dropped the bar you could see the confusion on their faces.

Meanwhile, in the snatch event gold has been won by Australian Erika Yamasaki with a 82kg lift.

Dika will aim to bounce back in the clean and jerk (currently on).

Second half goal gives Kiwis win over PNG

It was a game that could have gone either way with most of the second half contested in the middle of the field.

The game intensified as tensions flared between players. PNG’s strike player Tommy Semmy was the first to get a yellow card for a foul followed soon after by New Zealand’s Luke Adams.

PNG women kick off home ground campaign

The teams are warming up on the court.

Ranked 5th in the Pacific, PNG will be hoping to get much support from their home crowd to help them grab a win.

The BSP Arena is 80 percent full with PNG supporters.

In other results today, Fiji defeated New Caledonia 29-12 and Solomon Islands lost to American Samoa 80-44.

Tough clash for PNG in touch footy

PNG found themselves behind with the Cooks scoring the first points.

PNG fought back to level up but the Cooks look the stronger side and are dominating possession.

PNG men go down to New Caledonia in basketball

The visiting team showed class in the close encounter but with the home crowd on their side PNG fought hard in the first and second quarter.

In the first quarter, New Caledonia took the lead 17-15.

In the second quarter, the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright helped PNG level the score at half time 38-38.

New Caledonia fought back in the second quarter with great three points shots from Stephane Saminadin put New Caledonia in the lead 60-52 at the third quarter break.