8 Sep 2011

Sport: Finals galore as Pacific Games nears end

11:19 am on 8 September 2011

Just three days of competition remain at this year's Pacific Games in New Caledonia with many sports now reaching their climax.

Among those playing off for medals today are tennis, baseball and basketball.

Vinnie Wylie reports from Noumea.

"In tennis, Michael Leong's reign as the men's singles champion is over after the Solomon Islander was beaten in three sets by local hope Nickolas N'Godrela. N'Godrela will face Cyril Jacobe from Vanuatu in the final, with Jacobe set to back up immediately after in the men's doubles final with his partner Jerome Rovo. New Caledonia's Elodie Dietrich will face compatriot Anaeve Pain in the women's final this morning's before the duo team up to play PNG sisters Marcia and Abigail Tere-Apisah in the doubles final. A new winner will be crowned in the baseball final between Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in Mont Dore. While Fiji's reign as men's basketball champions is over: New Caledonia will face Guam tonight in Paita for the gold medal. In the women's draw it's a battle of the territories with the host up against Tahiti."

While in football New Caledonia beat Tahiti in extra time...setting up a grand final showdown tomorrow against a Solomon Islands team they thrashed 4-0 last week.

In the women's competition defending champs Papua New Guinea thrashed Fiji 4-0 to progress to the grand final against, who else, New Caledonia.