Aus­tralia, Van­u­atu top Fiji Open

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Aus­tralia and Van­u­atu took out the Fiji Open Beach Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship ti­tles yes­ter­day. The Australian men’s side of Paul Bur­net and Marcus Fer­gu­son beat Pa­pua New Guinea’s Moha Mea and Richard Ki­larupa 21-8 and 21-12 re­spec­tively. In the women’s cat­e­gory Van­u­atu proved too strong for the Aus­tralians. The team of Lin­line Matau­atu and Loti Joe took con­trol of Sarah Matta­g­lene and Brit­tany Ken­dall of Aus­tralia with the scores of 21-13 and 21-15. There were no semi-fi­nals in the women’s cat­e­gory as the top teams from the pool bat­tled it out in the final.

“This is our first se­nior com­pe­ti­tion that we have ever played in and we did not have many ex­pec­ta­tions but just came to have a go. We came out with a game plan and we just stuck to it,” Bur­net said. Fer­gu­son said al­though they are young they did not know what to ex­pect. “So we played our own game and worked on things that we learn from back home. The com­pe­ti­tion was tough as we met Fiji in the semi-fi­nals, and the weather con­di­tion brought us down a lit­tle bit but we man­aged re­ally well.

“It was a clin­i­cal match for us,” he said. Re­sults: Men- New Zealand beat Solomon Is­lands 21-8, 21-6; Fi­jian White beat Fi­jian Red 21-6, 21-18. Women: PNG beat Tu­valu 21-16, 2220; Fi­jian White beat Fi­jian Blue 2115, 21-15; Fi­jian Blue beat Solomon Is­lands 21-6, 21-16. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni

Australian duo Paul Bur­net (left) and marcus Fer­gu­son at the Smug­glers Cove Re­sort, Nadi, yes­ter­day.

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