Beach Volleyball continued on Thursday at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games with some tough matches in both the Men’s and the Women’s competition.
Despite the heavy rain, the competition continued and in the first Men’s match Vanuatu defeated Tuvalu in a tight contest 2-0.
In the match that followed, Tonga had a strong win over New Caledonia, a result it repeated against Solomon Islands in the afternoon.
Vanuatu then took on Samoa and too the first set to get off to a promising start, but the Samoan pair of Tui and Lesoa hit back to secure the final two sets by the smallest of margins – disappointing for the hometown boys but a good win for Samoa.
In the Women’s competition, the crowd built in anticipation of the local stars taking the court and they were not disappointed as Loti Joe and LinlineMatauatu dominated in their match against Tuvalu.
PNG took on Fiji next and had a solid 2-0 win on the board. Unfortunately the Papuans could not repeat that effort against Solomon Islands going down fairly easily in two straight sets.
The Vanuatu champions closed out the day’s fixture with a match against Fiji in which the dominated the court taking both sets in convincing fashion with a scoreline which read 21-9, 21-10.
The tournament comes to a close on Friday as the Mini Games sees out its last day of competition with the men to play four more matches ending in finals while it will be finals time for the Women as PNG and Fiji battle for bronze and Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will chase gold.
By Amona Kellen
Photo by Lexie MacGregor