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Fun in the Sand shows Sport is for All

  Beach Volleyball centre court at the Korman Complex was lit up on Friday afternoon witha couple of fun gameswhich featured the Vanuatu Para athletes, who have this past week competed in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, and the beautiful mamas from the villages of Mele and Eratap on Efate. These exhibition matches were a part of the Volley4Change program which is set on promoting inclusion not just in volleyball but in all other sports as well. A group of shy Para-athletes entered the court to start off the first match but after a few passes, serves and laughs everyone came out of their shells and played fun volleyball. As the game went on, both teams displayed talent and held long rallies which earned cheers of support and admiration from the crowd. Jessica Richardson, the Sports Disability Inclusion Officer with VASANOC said that this exhibition match was about showcasing the opportunities available in beach volleyball for people with a disability. “There are Para-volleyball competitions available and this is an avenue for Vanuatu Beach Volleyball and Vanuatu Paralympic Committee to explore,” said Richardson. “It was all about having fun but also getting the message out that volleyball can be inclusive for all members of the community through their Volley4Change program.” At the end of the match, everyone was all smiles and Richardson highlighted that all the Para-athletes who participated did...

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Excitement builds as Beach Volleyball heads to the final stages

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...

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL UPDATES

Updates for the Beach Volleyball currently happening today at Korman Stadium. With a couple of days competitions between the participating Island nations, finally this evening will be the semifinals to show which island countries will make it to the finals tomorrow. Team Vanuatu men and women, are through to the semi finals against Samoa Men and women against Fiji this evening their games will be kicking off. Despite the weather, beach volleyball games will continue. By Adele Willie Photo By: Lexie...

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Tough Beach Volleyball Matches this afternoon

The ongoing volleyball matches this afternoon saw some tough matches from both the women’s and men’s competitions. In the women’s matches, Wallis and Futuna defeated Tuvalu earning 2 sets. Tuvalu led the first set with 19/17 and Wallis and Futuna came back with some super serving in the second set that led to a 21/15 win. Packing up that score, the team gave no chances to Tuvalu in the third set that led to a 15/9 win, securing the two sets. The second women match saw a strong battle between New Caledonia and Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands women won two sets with the first set seeing a 21/11 win. And the second set with a 21/13 win. The team increased their scores with some excellent spikes throughout their games. Solomon Beach Volleyball Player U’na said, “we are very happy with our team’s performance and the points against New Caledonia.” Meanwhile in the Men’s Competitions this afternoon, Cook Islands defeated Palau by winning two sets. And Fiji beat Kiribati winning 2 sets. It was a tough match that saw Fiji showing much promise to win the game. In the first set, Fiji won with 21/19 and the second set with 21/12. The last men’s matches that ended the beach volleyball games for this afternoon saw Samoa defeating New Caledonia earning two sets. The first by 21/14 and the second...

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PNG and Tonga too strong as Men’s Beach Volleyball action continues

It was the Men’s turn to take centre stage on Wednesday afternoon at the beach-like stadium where some exciting Beach Volleyball has been played this week as part of the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games. In the Men’s competition, Tonga and Papua New Guinea were the victors in the early matches. Tonga defeated Tuvalu in a close match where Tonga looks promising in the first set but Tuvalu stepped up their performance, winning the second set. In the third, Tonga came back with energy that dominated Tuvalu which resulted in Tonga taking the win. In the second match, Papua New Guinea took on Solomon Islands and dominated the match from the beginning not giving the men from the Solomons a chance taking the first set and then the second in convincing style 21-16. At the break, Furthermore, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa took part in an exhibition match which the Marianas won in two sets. Saki Naivan, who represents Palau in Beach Volleyball, expressed his love of the game and why showing to the people is so important. “It was great for the love of the game as long as you love the game you want to continue to play it. The games comes easy when you are out there on the court, nothing matters when playing volleyball.” By Antas Tavuti...

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Women’s Beach Volleyball – The Cream rises to the Top

  On the second last day of the Beach Volleyball competition at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, the strength of the top Women’s teams shone through. In the first match, New Caledonia was challenged by Wallis and Futuna but took the three set tussle with a clear 15-7 final score. The ever-popular Vanuatu pairing of LinlineMatauatu and Loti Joe came onto the sand next and dominated the Solomon Islands in two straight sets. Matauatu struggled with her serving in the second set but their tactics were strong in play and helped them to a convincing win. Despite rain causing the neighbouring Tennis competition to be briefly suspended, Beach Volleyball stops for nothing short of lightning and the Women persisted in the wet conditions. The third match began with uncertainty as Kiribati was nowhere to be seen at the scheduled start time. Fortunately, officials showed some patience and when the pair appeared on court the game began. With both teams so far without a win it was hard to know which way this contest would go. Guam started strongly but Kiribati fought back in the second set and so the game went to a third, where Guam stepped up their performance and took an easy win in the end, 15-5.  ...

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Beach Volleyball starting to unveil the contenders

Beach Volleyball is still proving to be one of the major draw cards at the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila. On Tuesday’s fixture, six games took place down at the new Korman courts,which started early and as scheduled 9am and entertained the crowdfor over four hours of action and excitement in both the Men’s and Women’s competition. Solomon Islands Women’s team won its first game taking the match two sets to nil against Tuvalu. The second match between the hometown heroes of Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna was unsurprisingly dominated by LinlineMatauataand Loti Joe taking the match two sets to nil. The Men’s matches then took centre stage with PNG and Cook Islands playing the first game. PNG took the victory two sets to nil,while in the second match Solomon Islands defeated Palau, also two sets to nil. Fijihad success over New Caledonia in two straight sets and again this week look like the team to beat in the Men’s competition. In the final match of the afternoon, Vanuatu secured a victory over American Samoa, two sets to nil. Vanuatu’s former champion and now coach of the Women’s team, Miller Pata is confident of her team’s form. “For the two games that we still need to play, as a coach I believe we will win them all.” By Tony Tahaun...

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL UNDERWAY AT 10TH PACIFIC MINI GAMES IN PORT VILA

Having hosted the Oceania Commonwealth Games Qualifier last week, the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games Beach Volleyball tournament got underway on Monday. First match of the day in the Men’s competition saw Fiji – the Commonwealth Games qualifier – defeat Samoa 2-1. Wallis & Futuna then powered past Tuvalu 2-nil. Vanuatu lit up the court in front of the packed evening crowd, defeating Tonga 2-1, with the noise almost deafening from the sponsor’s inflatable red beaters which proved popular with the fans. In the Women’s competition, Fiji (also the Commonwealth Games qualifier)smashed Guam 2-0 but the excitement built for the final match of the night when the Vanuatu women entered the court. The hometown favorites – still the current Oceania Champions – easily defeated New Caledonia 2-0. Attending the evening session was the Vanuatu Prime Minister, Hon CharlotSalwai and his wife underlining his strong interest in the sport and the fact that his Office is the ministry responsible for Beach Volleyball. The PM was not alone as other members of Parliament were also present to watch all the action with the Minister of Agriculture,Livestock,Fisheries and Biosecurity, the Hon Matai Seremaiah and the Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon JothamNapath– both accompanied by their wives – and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development,SimioneSeule enjoying the fun. The competition will continue on Tuesday with high expectations of strong showing from the Vanuatu teams....

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Beach volleyball starts gold medal campaign

AFTER winning the Commonwealth Games qualifiers, the Fiji beach volleyball men’s and women’s team will compete for a gold medal in the Pacific Mini Games starting today. Coach Todd Edwards said the competition does not end with the Commonwealth Games qualifiers. “It was an excellent performance by both the women’s and the men’s team and they did a lot of hard work to get here,” Edwards said. Fiji men’s team player Inia Korowale said teams would come prepared to beat them in the Pacific Mini Games qualifiers. “It will be a hard competition,” he said. “I know through God alone that we would conquer them and the only difference is that we have guts to win and when it comes to final then you will see the real Fijians.” Fiji defeated Papua New Guinea men’s team 2-1 (21-17), (18-21), (15-11) while the women’s team defeated Solomon Islands 2-0 (21-19) and (21-18). Story and photo by Fiji...

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PNG AND FIJI TO FACE OFF FOR COMMONWEALTH GAMES SPOT

Fiji will meet Papua New Guinea on Friday night with a place at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games beach volleyball tournament up for grabs. The two won thrilling semi-finals on Friday morning, with PNG edging past Vanuatu and Fiji defeating Solomon Islands. PNG’s pair Mona Mea and Richard Kilarupa started playing together more than five years ago, initially in indoor volleyball before switching to beach volleyball for five years. On scoring the winning point, Mea said: “I can’t describe the feeling in words because it was overwhelming to score in front of that big a crowd. Our fans were just the minority in the stands, but I used the Vanuatu crowd to my advantage. When I looked around I saw red and I just pictured my PNG people supporting me.” PNG coach Sange Carter said: “It was very back and forward in the first set. Vanuatu came back really strong in the second, and we were lucky to get 15 points in the last set. “Vanuatu do a lot of trick shots but Richard did really well with the game plan to make lots of dips today, and not to let the ball hit the sand often’’. Fiji’s pair Inia Korowale and Qilu Elliott played very well against Solomon Islands. Before this event, they had played just one Oceania tournament in Fiji back in 2016 and they lost...

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PNG Beach volleyballers eye Commonwealth Games debut

PNG beach volleyball coach Sange Carter says she is impressed with the improvement seen in the country’s men’s and women’s teams’ during the Oceania Commonwealth Games qualifying tournament at Vanuatu 2017, with both pairs still in contention to secure an historic Commonwealth Games berth. Gold Coast 2018 will be the first time the sport of beach volleyball has been included in the Commonwealth Games, and the winners of Friday’s men’s and women’s tournaments in Port Vila will claim the final spots for Oceania teams. PNG men play Vanuatu for a chance to reach the final, while PNG women must beat Tuvalu and hope other results go their way. Team PNG has been training on the Gold Coast in Australia’ for the past few months in preparation for this week’s Commonwealth Games qualifier, while the women debuted in a world tour event to raise their standards ahead of travelling to Vanuatu. Carter explained: “They were in Sydneyfor the past ten days to play in their first ever FIVB world tour event to help prepare for this qualifier. “The level of the world tour event is much higher and it’s with some of the best teams in the world, so they played with Australia, Canada and America, so it was great experience for the girls.” She said the PNGplayers were learning a lot at this tournament, and that their serving and...

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Cook Islands brothers live the beach volleyball dream

Brothers Brendon and Daniel Heath are representing both their family and their countryat the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games beach volleyball competition. After falling out of the qualifying race for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Thursday, the pair is now focused on securing a medalin next week’s Mini Games tournament. On Thursday the Heath brothers defeated Tuvalu 2-1, but lost 2-1 to Vanuatu and 2-1 to Solomon Islands. Nevertheless, spectators at the Korman beach volleyball courts in Port Vila were impressed to see two brothers pairing up to represent their country. At 39 years old, Brendon is the senior brother, while Daniel is 35. Daniel told the Vanuatu 2017 Games News Service how their partnership came about. “We’ve been playing volleyball since we were kids. My brother is into volleyball more than me, and he didn’t have a partner when we were younger, so it was up to me to be his partner. From then on, we became partners for life,” Daniel said. “It’s awesome to participate in world tournaments and be playing with my brother. I look up to him and I admire him. He was like a role model to me when we were growing up. I don’t get to see him very often now, but when we team up, I get to spend time with my big brother.” Brendon said: “I thank my brother...

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