Rugby Fiji celebrates double rugby league nines gold as history...

Fiji celebrates double rugby league nines gold as history made in Samoa 2019


Fiji was the prime women's rugby league nines champions © Pacific Games News Service

Fiji hit the challenge for Papua New Guinea to demand both rugby league's titles on Pacific games here today, with women's competition being challenged for the first time.

Fiji's women's team ended the host country's hopes in the semi-finals when they overcame Samoa 12-4, while Papua New Guinea won 14-8 victories over the Cook Islands.

A tightly fought first half in the final saw the Fiji edge into a narrow 4-0 lead, with just a lonely attempt to separate the two teams.

Fiji extended their advantage early in the second half and held a 10-4 advantage as second ticket down.

The first woman's rugby league nines gold was sealed with a breakaway test as the sum sounded, Fiji triumphed 16-4.

The Cook Islands beat the samoa 24-10 in the bronze medal battle to secure their place on the historic podium following the decision to add women's event for the first time last year.

The men's finale followed a similar pattern for the women with Fiji-leading Papua New Guinea with an attempt at the interval.

Fiji added two further attempts in the second half to earn a comfortable 14-0 victory.

Bronze was earned by hosts Samoa, who overcame Tonga 16-12.

The first gold medals were also awarded in the outrigger canoe competition, with men and women's V12 500 meter events contested.

New Caledonia emerged as the winners of men's races for a time of 1 min 49.43 sec.

Wallis and Futuna and Fiji finished podiums in times of 1: 50.06 and 1: 51.50 respectively.

Tahiti triumphed in women's event at 2: 04.85, followed by Papua New Guinea and Samoa at 2: 06.50 and 2: 10.55.

The first weightlifting medals of the games were also earned, with gold medals available in all, snatch and clean and jerk disciplines under Pacific Games rules.

Kiribati Tebora Willy claimed all three gold in women's 45 kilogram event, including sealing the total 119kg title.

Papua New Guinea's Konio Toua and Daniella Ika of Nauru rounded the 115 kg and 82 kg medals.

Toua's older sister Loa Dika shot the three titles in the 49kg event, including winning the total event with 175kg.

She finished well with Guam's Dalamaya Aiko Vida Calma and the Solomon Islands Jaylyn Maya, who finished 117 kg and 115 kg respectively.

Solomon Islands Mary Kini Lifu won women's 55kg overall title by lifting 162kg, as Guam's Jacinta Irene Untalan Sumagaysay and her teammates Elizabeth Selwyn Bisafo dragged on 159kg and 152kg.

The podium was also identical in snatch and the clean and jerky disciplines.

Nauru Elson Edward Brechtefeld won all three gold in men's 55kg division, with 215kg giving him the overall win.

Papua New Guinea's Gahuana Ian Nauari and Solomon Islands Walter Shadrack completed the 188 kg and 185 kg podium.


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