6 Dec 2017

Sport: Games spots up for grabs in beach volleyball

1:46 pm on 6 December 2017

A spot at the Commonwealth Games is on offer for beach volleyball teams competing in the Oceania qualifier in Port Vila this week.

Vanuatu and PNG play a practice match

Vanuatu and PNG play a practice match Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

Australia and New Zealand have already secured their place on the Gold Coast in the men's and women's competitions, while host nation Vanuatu is qualified for the women's event courtesy of their world ranking.

President of the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation, Debbie Masaufakalo, is hoping home-town support can help the men's duo of James Chilia and Donny Aru over the line.

"I think our biggest competition would be Papua New Guinea and Fiji and also Cook Islands is quite strong as well," Masaufakalo said.

"I think it's a level playing field and there's going to be quite a strong competition between all the countries."

The qualifier runs for three days at Korman with the men's and women's winners to progress to the Commonwealth Games in April.

The Pacific Mini Games beach volleyball competitions, which includes the Vanuatu women, is being run separately and begins on Monday.

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