2015: PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The 15th Pacific Games were welcomed in with much fanfare on Saturday 4th July in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and were officially opened by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. A total of 24 nations are competing in 28 Sports. For the first time ever Australia and New Zealand competed in 4 sports: sailing, taekwondo, rugby sevens and weightlifting. The Pacific Games Council see their inclusion as improving the quality of competition and this is on a trial basis.
The tennis event commenced on Monday 6th July with the Teams Event. This was subsequently followed by the Individual Events with a collective total of 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze Medals at stake.
The Final Medal Table was as below
|Papua New Guinea||4||2||6|
The Winners of the Medals for each event was as below:
|Men’s Team||New Caledonia||Vanuatu||Tahiti|
|Women’s Team||Papua New Guinea||New Caledonia||Tahiti|
|Men’s Singles||New Caledonia||New Caledonia||Vanuatu|
|Women’s Singles||Papua New Guinea||New Caledonia||New Caledonia|
|Men’s Doubles||New Caledonia||Vanuatu||Fiji|
|Women’s Doubles||Papua New Guinea||Papua New Guinea||Tahiti|
|Mixed Doubles||Papua New Guinea||Papua New Guinea||New Caledonia|
Four of the 5 Individual medals were decided on the final day. Nikolas N’Godrela (NC) continued what he had done 4 years ago in the Pacific Games in Noumea by defending his Gold medal and beating his compatriot Julien Delaplane (NC) 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Cyril Jacobe (VAN) beat Heve Kelley (TAH) 7-5, 6-1 to win the Bronze Medal.
In the Women’s Singles Final, Papua New Guinea continued their domination of the Women’s Events with Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) comprehensively beating Yaelle Honakoko (NC) in the Final 6-1, 6-2 to take the Gold Medal. In the Bronze Medal play off Anaeve Pain (NC) defeated Violet Apisah (PNG) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
New Caledonia continued their domination of the Men’s Events by winning the Men’s Doubles Gold medal with Nikolas N’Godrela/Julien Delaplane (NC) defeating Cyril Jacobe/Aymeric Mara (VAN) in a closely fought match 7-5, 6-4. In the Bronze Medal match Daneric Hazleman/William O’Connell (FIJ) defeated Heve Kelley/Angelo Yersin (TAH) 6-4, 6-1.
The Women’s Doubles was an all Papua New Guinea affair with Abigail Tere-Apisah/ Marcia Tere-Apisah (PNG) defeating Patricia Apisah/Violet Apisah (PNG) 6-3,6-3. In the Bronze medal match the team of Estelle Tehau/Mayka Zima(TAH) beat Yaelle Honakoko/Anaeve Pain (NC) 2-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.
In the Mixed doubles, Papua New Guinea added to their medal haul when the 2nd seeds, Mark Gibbons/Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) defeated their team members, Matthew Stubbings/Violet Apisah (PNG) 6-3, 7-5 to claim the Gold medal in the Mixed Doubles. In the Play-Off for the Bronze Medal the team of Guillaume Monot/Yaelle Honakoko( CAL) defeated their team members Juilien Delaplane/Lindsey Nekirai (CAL).
Earlier in Week 1 of the Games, the medal winners in the 15th Pacific Games for the Team’s events were decided
In the Gold Medal match between New Caledonia and Vanuatu Julien Delaplane, the #2 player got New Caledonia off to a good start by winning the first rubber against Aymeric Mara (VAN) 6-2, 6-4. Then Nikolas N’Godrela (NC) had to fight off a determined Cyril Jacobe (VAN) in the 2nd set before eventually prevailing 6-2, 7-6(1) to give the win the Gold Medal with Vanuatu taking the Silver with an unassailable 2-0 win.
In the play off for the Bronze Medal the Tahitians overcame a very determined Papua New Guinea team to win 2-0. In the opening rubber the #2 player from Tahiti, Angelo Yersin defeated Matthew Stubbings(PNG) 6-4, 6-3 before the #1 player from Tahiti, Heve Kelly, ensured that Tahiti would win the Bronze Medal by defeating Mark Gibbons(PNG) 6-7, 6-1, 6-1
In the Women’s Teams Event the Team from Papua New Guinea were clinical in defeating a spirited team from New Caledonia 2-0 to take the Gold Medal. In the opening #2 singles Violet Apisah (PNG) defeated Yaelle Honakoko (NC) 6-2, 7-5 leaving Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) to ensure the Gold Medal for Papua New Guinea by defeating her #1 opponent from New Caledonia, Anaeve Pain 7-5, 6-2.
In the play off for the Bronze Medal the Tahitian Women beat Fiji 2-1 with the #2 Tahitian Singles player Mayka Zima defeating Ruby Coffin (FIJI) 6-2, 6-0. Annie Shannon (FIJI) then levelled the Tie 1-1 by defeating her opposing #1 player from Tahiti, Ravahere Rauzy, 6-3, 6-2 before Tahiti won the deciding doubles to win the Bronze Medal with the team of Mayka Zima/Ravahere Rauzy defeating Ruby Coffin/Annie Shannon 6-1, 6-2
Eight sports are on the programme of the 9th Pacific Games to be held in Wallis & Futuna from 2-12 September 2013. The chosen sports are: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Rubgy 7s, Sailing, Taekwondo, Va;a Canoeing, Volleyball and Weighlifting.
This will be the first time that Tennis has not been part of the Pacific Games since its inception in 1963.
The 2015 Pacific Games will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 4-18 July 2015.
Five South Pacific island nations bid for opportunity to host the 2015 Pacific Games. They were:
- American Samoa,
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- Tonga and
On 27 September 2009, the Pacific Games Council, at its meeting coinciding with the 2009 Pacific Mini Games, elected Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea as the host of the 2015 Games. The final vote was 25-22 in favor of Port Moresby over Tonga to host.
- You can read about the early History of the Pacific Games by clicking here: Early History of the Pacific Games
- The Rules and regulations for the Tennis Event have evolved over recent years. You can access the current Rules and Regulations by clicking here:Pacific Games Tennis Event Rules and Regulations
2011 Pacific Games
Following the completion of the teams’ competitions the women returned from Kone to Noumea and all the individual competitions were held on the plexicushion courts at Ouen Toro. New Caledonia continued to dominate winning the singles titles but the medals were also spread around a number of the nations.
Nicholas N’Godrela (CAL) continued his excellent form from the teams’ event but was extended to three sets in his semi-final by Michael leong (SOL) and in the final he had to work hard to claim gold over Cyril Jacobe 6-0 4-6 6-1. Leong took out the bronze.
The women’s singles final was an all New Caledonia affair between the very experienced Elodie Dietrich-Rogge and 17 year old Anaeve Pain. The first set went to Pain and she led for most of the second but just when it seemed an upset was about to happen Dietrich-Rogge began a determined fightback. She took the second set in a tiebreaker and then seized control of the third taking it 6-2 to give her gold. Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) took the bronze medal.
There was an upset in the women’s doubles where the Tere-Apisah sisters, Abigail and Marcia, gave PNG their first tennis gold medal with a stunning victory over Dietrich-Rogge and Pain. Steffi and Kim Carruthers made it a second set of sisters on the podium taking the bronze medal for Samoa.
Samoa came to the fore in the men’s doubles where Pacific Oceania Davis Cup players Juan Langton and Leon So’onalole combined for a comfortable victory over Jerome Rovo and Cyril Jacobe from vanuatu. The bronze medal went to Nicholas N’Godrela and Maxime Chazal.
The last final was the mixed doubles and New Caledonia came back to claim the gold medal. The two youngest members of the New Caledonia team Maxime Chazal and Anaeve Pain combined to beat Juan Langton and Steffi Carruthers (SAM) 61 64 in the final. Samoa also took the bronze medal where Maylani Ah Hoy combined with Juan Langton.
The presentations of all the medals took place on court at the conclusion of the finals. OTF and all the nations that took part offer their thanks and congratulations to New Caledonia on a very successful Pacific Games Tennis Event.
You can see at a glance the Individual and Team Winners by clicking on the following link: 2011 Pacific Games Medal Table