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PNG Beach Volleyball Squad leaves no stone unturned in training

Updated: Apr 30

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Beach Volleyball Train-on Squad is leaving no stone unturned in their rigorous training sessions, as they gear up for the upcoming Pacific Games (SPG), which is scheduled to occur between 19th November and 2nd December 2023, in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Both male and female squads, consisting of four players each, are currently in full training, in preparation for SPG by having trial competitions at the Sir John Guise Beach Volleyball Court every Sunday. After the trials, they would pick only two males and females to represent PNG.

The squad holds their training sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, including the indoor squad. This session focuses on building their physical fitness and stamina.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., they run court training. On top of that, an intense series of trial competitions are held on Sundays to test their skills against NCDC Volleyball indoor players.

According to coach Nuga Dick, the timing chosen for the trial matches and training sessions are significant. It is specifically chosen to help players get a real feeling of what it's like in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are reported to be much hotter compared to PNG.

Furthermore, training sessions were organized with the aim of fine-tuning the technical aspects and skills of the game for the players. Under the guidance of coach Dick, the players are working relentlessly to improve.

Mr. Dick is confident that these trials will play a crucial role in their selection process for the final teams, both men and women, for the challenges they will face at the Pacific Games.

“We have a skill level that we are working on - like cuts, digging, pokies, and the service area. This

month, we are concentrating on the game situation, partners' communication, and chemistry. This is a very important part, for when they play, they should understand their own partners and play as a team and in synchronization,” Coach Dick said.

By focusing on the technical aspects of the game, the players are honing their abilities and ensuring that they are fully prepared to compete at the highest level.

In the meantime, the squad continues its training. They are now in the third month of training and also focus on lead-up games before the Pacific Games.

“We have a match down at Queensland and we are looking forward to that.”

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