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PNG Men's and Women's win Opening Soccer Matches at Samoa Pacific Games

The Papua New Guinea men's and women's football teams have started off well in their first day of competition at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

The PNG Men's Team thumped host Samoa 6 goals to nil, while their female counterparts beat their Melanesian neighbours Solomon Islands 3 goals to 2.

Defending men's champions New Caledonia opened with a 5 nil win over American Samoa, before Pool B rivals Solomon Islands thrashed Tuvalu 13 goals to nil.

The New Zealand men also put 13 unanswered goals past Tonga in their official Pacific Games debut, four years after being disqualified from the Olympic qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Fiji men edged Tahiti 2-1 in the closest match of the day, while their women's team walloped American Samoa 11 nil in their Pacific Games opener.

The Cook Islands women had an impressive 2-nil win over Tahiti, while the Samoan women's team thrashed Tonga 5-nil.

The football competition takes a break today and will resume on Wednesday.

Archery, Swimming, Vaá and Weightlifting will begin their competitions in day 2 of competition today.

Eleven sporting codes kicked off their respective competitions yesterday with the first medal event in Open Water Swimming.

PNG will look to secure the first medals in the tally in Rugby 9's and Weightlifting

The PNG Mens 9's team secured two wins, over Tonga and Fiji respectively to head into the semi-finals today.

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