New Caledonia takes Gold for Men's Team Event
Today Samoa and New Caledonia battled it out to decide who would take the gold medal for the men's team event. The first match was between Marvin Soonalole of Samoa and Gabriel Ledru of New Caledonia. Marvin put up a good fight with several powerful serves and base line shots but was unable to counter the agility and consistency displayed by Gabriel Ledru. Marvin valiantly tried to continue the game during the second set but an injury to his leg caused him to withdraw from the match at 5 2 which Gabriel Ledru then won by forfeit.
Unfortunately, it was evident that Ledru was upset that he was unable to complete the match because of this withdraw and in a moment of uncontrollable temper displayed a lack of sportsmanship and personal conduct. Ledru flung a tennis ball directly at the face of Mark Moors, tennis coach for Samoa's team. Fortunately for Ledru, however, Moors and M. Soonalole were able to hold it together thereby preventing the escalation of what could have been an ugly situation.
The spectators also displayed their disapproval by calling out verbal threats and commenting to one another about Ledru's lack of respect and childish behavior. This unacceptable behavior was not becoming of a seasoned athlete and cost him a shot at the gold medal for the men's individual tennis event.
The second match also saw New Caledonia defeat Samoa as Juan Langton endeavoured to beat Nickolas N'Godrela in the third set. N'Godrela's base line shots were too powerful for Langton thus securing a triumphant win for N'Godrela and the New Caledonia men's tennis team in claiming their gold medal for this year's South Pacific Games. Congratulations!