Round one of the OWF league has wrapped up and there were some riveting, hard-fought contests.
The closest match up of the week was between Kiribati and Pacific 2 (comprising New Caledonia, Northern Marianas, Palau, Guam, Micronesia, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands).
These two went down to the wire. With only 30kg to separate them in the end, Kiribati came out on top. Kiribati lifters like Ruben and David Katoatau led the way with the biggest totals in the team at 310kg (David) and 285kg (Ruben). Unfortunately, Kiribati has a very young team overall, and that could bring them up short against bigger rivals if they don’t make any changes.
Samoa dominated their opposition in the Solomon Islands by over a tonne: 1059kg to be exact. This was the biggest margin of victory this week, and it’s no surprise when you look at the team roster: the Opeloge brothers, Sanele Mao, and Junior Tasi just to name a few of their top lifters.
All but two male lifters totaled well into the 300s, and this was backed up by a dominant female roster — the Samoan’s are going to be hard to beat. Don Opeloge was a standout, snatching 170kg and clean & jerking a massive 210kg.
New Zealand won comfortably over Pacfic 1 (Niue, Cook Islands, Tonga, American Samoa, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna, and Tuvalu) and Australia had a great start to the competition winning by 323kg over Nauru.
The battle between Australia’s Matthew Lydement and American Samoa’s Tanumafili Jungblut continues as these two have been going head to head to see who nabs that coveted Olympics berth. Once again, Matty got the upper hand here, with a massive 353kg total over Jungblut’s 310kg. These totals do not count towards any Olympic qualification but it’s a good indicator to see where each of them stand.
The final standing after week one is attached below.