By Dr Pilipus Garpet, Port Moresby 2015 Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 14 – Just two teams will compete for the title in women’s softball at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, but despite the lack of entries, the competition is still expected to be fierce as long-time rivals on the diamond, Papua New Guinea and American Samoa, will be the ones battling it out.
The two teams will play three games over three days from 15-17 July at the Bisini Softball Diamond, with the contest being a replay of the 2007 Pacific Games gold medal game in Samoa, which Papua New Guinea won 2-1.
Honours had been shared between the two teams in the qualifying round robin phase of the 2007 tournament, with PNG winning the first game 11-1 while American Samoa won the second 12-4.
Softball was not played at the 2011 Pacific Games, but PNG has a number of survivors including Lisa Polum and Judy NauVa’a from the team’s success in Samoa, and eight years later they will be looking to lead the team to victory on home turf in Port Moresby.
All three games in Port Moresby will start at 10:00, the first being on Wednesday July 15, with the Bisini Grounds also hosting cricket, lawn bowls, touch rugby and soccer at Port Moresby 2015.
For information about softball tickets call the Pacific Games ticket hotline on 180 2015 or download the ticket purchasing guide.
GNS for more information visit www.portmoresby2015.com