11 Aug 2014

Sport: Strong start for Pacific AFL countries

11:06 am on 11 August 2014

Pacific countries have made a strong start to the AFL International Cup tournament in Melbourne, which kicked off on Sunday.

2008 champions Papua New Guinea thrashed Japan 163-6, Tonga were equally dominant in a 172-6 drubbing of India while the Nauru Chiefs managed the largest total of the round, scoring 35 goals en route to a 227-7 annihilation of newcomers Indonesia.

The Fiji men went down 62-10 against defending champions Ireland while the women were outclassed 67-6 against the same opponent.

The Tongan women are also still awaiting their first victory, with Canada Midnight Sun prevailing in a low-scoring encounter 30-7.

The second round of matches is on Wednesday.