The president of PNG squash, Eli Webb, said she was excited for the team to come out and win gold at home as the sport has been in slump in recent years.
“It’s very emotional winning on home soil,” said Webb, who is also a veteran player.
“I’m afraid I feel quite overwhelmed, actually, that we managed to do it.”
The team’s coach, Mark Forster, who competed in the South Pacific Games in 1983, said the team’s achievement was fantastic.
“It’s just totally different, knowing we are gold medallists,” Forster said.
Fiji took the bronze medal in the women’s team event after beating Tahiti 2-1.
In the men’s team final, the 2011 gold medallists, New Caledonia, maintained their dominance beating Fiji 3-1.
In the bronze medal game, PNG had no trouble beating Tahiti, 4-0.
New Caledonia’s coach David Navarre, who congratulated the PNG women on their victory, said he was proud of the way his side played.
“It was a good night. We were hoping for two medals and we got one gold and one silver. We are also happy in maintaining our title,” he said.
“PNG was very tough. And the ladies, we tried to beat them, but it was PNG’s day today. Congratulations, they deserved to win.”
By Francis Gabriel, Games News Service