The second round of the OWF League has wrapped up with a surprising result. After a crushing performance by team New Zealand over Fiji, NZ has taken the top spot over Samoa.
NZ won by a massive 675.7kg and, as OWNZ President Richie Patterson mentioned, they tweaked their team composition to include some lifters you may not have expected. The youngest lifter on the team, 17-year-old Patrick Sefo-Cloughley, held his own putting up a massive 115/140.
Still no Cam McTaggart or even Kanah Andrews-Nahu in this victory, but NZ will need them both to bring their A game when they come up against more formidable opponents.
Meanwhile, Samoa handed the Australian team their first big loss, which pushed them down the leaderboard. After a big first round — coupled with live competitions resuming in the country a few weeks earlier — it’s safe to say the Aussie competitors were not lifting at their peak.
Chevy Sukkar had a stand-out performance with a 300kg total. During week one he managed to lift 307kg, putting 22kg on his best competition total. So to back it up with 300kg a few weeks later is a great effort for the team. Chevy has been putting in the work during lockdown and looks primed to get back out on the platform.
Despite this, the Samoan team was just too strong in the end, with Don Opeloge and Sanele Mao leading the way. We saw Don PR his snatch by 2kg to hit 172kg, and Sanele Mao with his massive 220kg clean & jerk.
The female side of the team is incredibly young but still so dominant. Only one lifter out of the seven is older than 20, while the youngest, Avatu Opeloge, is just 15. Avatu snatched 71kg and clean & jerked 92kg at a bodyweight of 57kg.
Morea Baru, Loa Dika Toua and the rest of the team from Papua New Guinea were up against Elson Brechtefeld, Nancy Abouke and the rest of team Nauru.
Team Nauru won comfortably by 717.2kg.
Kiribati had the closest win this week over Pacific 1 by just 42.8kg, which puts them in third place overall.
As this competition heats up, we will be following every lift throughout.
Stay tuned for more analysis and recaps in weeks to come.