Tuvalu at the Pacific Games

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Tuvalu participates in the Pacific Games (formerly known as the South Pacific Games), which is a multi-sport event, with participation exclusively from countries around the South Pacific. It is held every four years. Telupe Iosefa received the first ever gold medal won by Tuvalu at the 2015 Pacific Games in the powerlifting 120 kg male division.

Tuvalu also participates in the Pacific Mini Games (previously the South Pacific Mini Games), which is a scaled-down version of the main Pacific Games that enable smaller nations to host events and compete against each other and which is similarly rotated on a four-year basis in the intervening years between the main games.

History of participation by Tuvaluan athletes[edit]

A combined Gilbert and Ellice Islands team participated at the 1963,[1] 1966,[2] and 1971 South Pacific Games.[3] An athlete from Tuvalu (then Ellice Islands), namely Nelu Arenga, is at least documented for 1971.[3][4]

Athletes from Tuvalu attended the 2003 South Pacific Games for the first time.[5]

Logona Esau was the first athlete from Tuvalu to win a medal at an international competition, when he took bronze at the 2005 South Pacific Mini Games in Koror, Palau.[6]

Tuvalu competed at the 2007 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. Tuvalu was ranked 18th equal at the Games, with 2 medals (0 gold - 1 silver - 1 bronze).

Tuvalu competed at the 2011 Pacific Games in Nouméa, New Caledonia. Tuvalu was ranked 17th at the Games, with 3 medals (0 gold - 2 silver - 1 bronze).

At the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna, Tuau Lapua Lapua won Tuvalu's first ever gold medal in an international competition in the weightlifting 62 kilogram male snatch. (He also won bronze in the clean and jerk, and obtained the silver medal overall for the combined event.)[7][8]

Tuvalu competed at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Nakibae Kitisane was the Chef de Mission.[9] Tuvalu was ranked 19th at the Games, with 4 medals (1 gold - 0 silver - 3 bronze). Telupe Iosefa received the first ever gold medal won by Tuvalu at the Pacific Games in the powerlifting 120 kg male division.[10][11][12]

Pacific Games medals[edit]

Participation of the Tuvalu national football team[edit]

Tuvalu have appeared in the finals of the football competition at the Pacific Games on four occasions in 1979, 2003, 2007 and 2011. The football team did not participated in the 2015 Pacific Games.

Record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1963 to 1975 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Fiji 1979 Quarter-finals - 5 2 0 3 16 43
1983 to 1999 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Fiji 2003 Round 1 - 4 1 0 3 3 11
Samoa 2007 Round 1 - 4 0 1 3 2 22
France 2011 Round 1 - 5 1 1 3 7 20
2015 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Total 4/15 16 3 2 11 17 85
Pacific Games matches (By team)
Total : 3 Wins – 2 Ties – 11 Loses – 16 games played
Against Wins Draws Losses Total Against Wins Draws Losses Total
 Tahiti 0 1 1 2  Vanuatu 0 0 2 2
 Tonga 1 0 0 1  Solomon Islands 0 0 2 2
 New Caledonia 0 0 3 3  Cook Islands 0 0 1 1
 Kiribati 2 0 0 2  American Samoa 1 0 0 1
 Fiji 0 0 2 2  Guam 0 1 1 2

Tuvalu national football team at the 1979 South Pacific Games[edit]

Group 2[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Tahiti 4 2 2 0 0 26 0 +26
 Tuvalu 2 2 1 0 1 5 21 -16
 Tonga 0 2 0 0 2 3 13 -10
Tahiti  18 - 0  Tuvalu

Tuvalu  5 - 3  Tonga

Quarter finals[edit]

New Caledonia  10 - 2  Tuvalu

Consolation Tournament (5th-12th place)[edit]

 Tuvalu 3 - 3 (4–2 pens.)  Kiribati

Semi finals[edit]

 Guam 7 - 2  Tuvalu

Tuvalu national football team at the 2003 South Pacific Games[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Fiji 10 4 3 1 0 18 1 +17
 Vanuatu 8 4 2 2 0 21 2 +19
 Solomon Islands 7 4 2 1 1 14 4 +10
 Tuvalu 3 4 1 0 3 3 11 -8
 Kiribati 0 4 0 0 4 2 40 -38
Tuvalu  3 - 2  Kiribati
Kivoli Manoa Goal 3'
Paenui Fagota Goal 75'
Petio Semaia Goal 81'
Lawrence Nemeia Goal 26' Goal 46'

Fiji  4 - 0  Tuvalu
Esala Masi Goal 1' Goal 15'
Salesh Kumar Goal 38' Goal 41'
Attendance: 3,000

Tuvalu  0 - 1  Vanuatu
Manley Junior Tabe Goal 86'

Tuvalu  0 - 4  Solomon Islands
Colman Maniadalo Goal 16'
Commins Menapi Goal 27' Goal 87'
Batram Suri Goal 80'

Tuvalu national football team at the 2007 Pacific Games[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Fiji 4 3 1 0 25 1 +24 10
 New Caledonia 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10
 Tahiti 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4 4
 Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3
 Tuvalu 4 0 1 3 2 22 −20 1

Fiji  16 – 0  Tuvalu
Krishna Goal 6'14'22'
Rabo Goal 11'34'45'
Baleitoga Goal 17'
Tiwa Goal 28'30'
Vakatalesau Goal 42'46'65'73'82'89'
Finau Goal 68' (pen.)
Report

Tuvalu  0 – 1  New Caledonia
Report Kabeu Goal 52'

Tuvalu  1 – 1  Tahiti
Sekifu Goal 87' Report Willams Goal 45+1'

Cook Islands  4 – 1  Tuvalu
Mateariki Goal 28'69'
Le Mouton Goal 88'
Tom Goal 90+3'
Report Willis Goal 83' (o.g.)

Tuvalu national football team at the 2011 Pacific Games[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Caledonia 5 4 0 1 31 2 +29 12
 Solomon Islands 5 4 0 1 19 3 +16 12
 Vanuatu 5 4 0 1 18 7 +11 12
 Tuvalu 5 1 1 3 7 20 −13 4
 Guam 5 1 1 3 4 21 −17 4
 American Samoa 5 0 0 5 0 26 −26 0
Tuvalu  4 – 0  American Samoa
Petoa Goal 15'90'90+2'
Tiute Goal 30'
Report

Vanuatu  5 – 1  Tuvalu
J. Kaltak Goal 8'38'45+1'80'
Yelou Goal 49' (pen.)
Report Ale Goal 90+1'

Tuvalu  0 – 8  New Caledonia
Report Gorendiawé Goal 15'
Kabeu Goal 26'35'
Gope-Fenepej Goal 38'
Haeko Goal 50'
Lolohea Goal 61'
Hmaé Goal 67'85'

Solomon Islands  6 – 1  Tuvalu
Totori Goal 15'41' (pen.)
Lui Goal 23'
Naka Goal 37'46'
Faisi Goal 90+1'
Report Lepaio Goal 78'

Guam  1 – 1  Tuvalu
Cunliffe Goal 18' (pen.) Report Stanley Goal 24'

References[edit]

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