Well Its Over But its Just the Beginning
Over the past 9 competition days all those who did visit this event saw, Palau,(M and W), Guam (M and W), New Caledonia (M and W), CNMI (M and W), Solomon Islands (M and W), Tonga(M), Fiji(W) and Wallis and Futuna (M) fight out an excellent competition.
Ti'o from Tonga was the outstanding player of the tournament. All 4 players from Fiji and New Caledonia starred at times over the tournament in the women. I would also like to add the big improvement from the Men's team from the Solomon Islands who only just missed out on a spot in the semi finals by percentage.
All teams showed a greater understanding of the game of beach volleyball by the finals and on the last day of competition there were 2, 3 set matches and 2 close 2 set matches. In the Men's competition, Wallis and Futuna played one of their best matches to lose in the 3rd set to Guam 14 to 16. Although adjusting to beach volleyball, the ball moving in the wind caused them to struggle with consistency at times.
In the Gold medal match, favourites Tonga were pushed all the way by New Caledonia. They won a hard fought match in 2 sets thanks to the efforts of Ti'o.
In the women's bronze playoff,. Guam won a see-sawing affair in 3 sets. All players hit winners and chased hard before a steadier Guam came through in the 3rd set to win 2 sets to 1. The Gold medal match was expected to be a close match with New Caledonia coming through the rounds undefeated.
Fiji started the match on fire and totally blitzed the New Caledonia girls. In the 2nd set New Caledonia got off to a better start before both teams went point for point. At 20-20 the best rally of the tournament(men or women) saw all players cover the entire court and some of the free zone with Fiji winning that point and then the set, 23-21. For a 2-0 victory to reverse the score when the 2 teams played in the round robin.
Congratulations to all involved. I look forward to more beach volleyball and future SPG and SPG Mini Games. A big thanks to all the volunteers down at the courts and in the offices.
Let us hope that this will be the beginning of a great sport for Palau....
Last Modified on 05/08/2005 20:07