Port Moresby says goodbye to an ‘outstanding’ Pacific Games

The closing ceremony saw athletes, volunteers and Port Moresby come together for one big party. Photo by Joanna Lester.

The closing ceremony saw athletes, volunteers and Port Moresby come together for one big party. Photo by Joanna Lester.

By Joel Fitzpatrick, Games News Service.

PORT MORESBY, July 18 – With fireworks, music, grass skirts and a sample of the Pacific’s rich and diverse culture, Port Moresby said a fond goodbye the 2015 Pacific Games in Saturday night’s closing ceremony at BSP Stadium. Continue reading

Nipiko navigates path to cricket gold for Vanuatu

Nalin Nipiko during his innings of 49 for Vanuatu against PNG in the men's T20 cricket gold medal match. Photo by Daniel Kerwin.

Nalin Nipiko during his innings of 49 for Vanuatu against PNG in the men’s T20 cricket gold medal match. Photo by Daniel Kerwin.

By Daniel Kerwin, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 18 – Vanuatu finished off an undefeated path to the gold medal in the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games men’s cricket tournament on Saturday, taking down Papua New Guinea in the final thanks to a dominant batting display from Nalin Nipiko. Continue reading

PNG and American Samoa take beach volleyball gold

American Samoa's Rachelle Suaava and Litara Sisitina won gold on Saturday. Photo by GNS.

American Samoa’s Rachelle Suaava and Litara Sisitina won gold on Saturday. Photo by GNS.

By Joel Fitzpatrick, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 18 – Papua New Guinea’s men’s beach volleyball team of Richard Kilarupa and Moha Mea won Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games gold, beating Aisake Raratabu and Waisale Suka of Fiji in straight sets. Continue reading

American Samoa and Wallis and Futuna claim volleyball titles

American Samoa won a gripping women's volleyball gold medal match. Photo by Daure Lota.

American Samoa won a gripping women’s volleyball gold medal match. Photo by Daure Lota.

By Joyce Mark-Sabbath, Michelle Jerewai, Natalie Cholohei and Ingrid Consnier, Games News Service

PORT MORESBY, July 18 – American Samoa bagged women’s volleyball gold and Wallis and Futuna took the men’s title as sport at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games drew to a close at the BSP Arena on Saturday. Continue reading

Tonga up for challenge of hosting first Pacific Games despite recent criticism

Lord of the ring: Tonga won the rugby league 9s bronze medal on Sunday. Photo by Dave Buller.

Lord of the ring: Tonga won the rugby league 9s bronze medal on Sunday. Photo by Dave Buller.

PORT MORESBY, July 18 – Tonga is ready for the challenge of hosting the 2019 Pacific Games, says the secretary general of the Tongan National Olympic Committee, despite recent calls for the country to pull out of holding the event. Continue reading