While Tristan Allen of catering firm Eurest was working in the kitchen, he yelled out, “We’ve just hit 100,000 meals,” and cheers of delight followed.The staff at the village serve an average of 3,000 people at every meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.Allen said he was proud of the milestone for everyone involved.“Fantastic achievement for the team and for PNG I think,” Allen said.“It’s really great, a big effort to get everything here and organised. We’re only midway through (the Games) as well so there’s plenty more to come.”He said there had been a long list of challenges that he and his team have had to overcome.“For us, it’s largely a national crew which is a very proud thing for us,” Allen said.“We’ve managed to get in 18 apprentices that we’ve just trained beforehand for six months. We’ve brought them in, so this is their first big gig of cooking, so (they’re) still green and learning.“It’s a real lasting legacy for PNG. Afterwards they’re qualified chefs that can have this under their hat.”With so many people to feed at every meal, Allen said the staff still hasn’t sent anyone home hungry.“We actually had projections for 4,000 (people per meal), so 3,500 to 3,000 per service has helped in a way.”Although he said running the meal services was extremely tiring, things had now settled down.“The first week was the hardest. Now everyone is in the rhythm. I think the energy and the buzz of all the crowd has certainly helped the staff along.”The saving grace: “I get a few hours of sleep in between services now,” Allen added. By James Cowling, Games News Service
MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo snatched the spotlight away from under-fire West Indies teammate Chris Gayle with an electrifying unbeaten half-century, but the knock failed to save Melbourne Renegades from a comprehensive eight-wicket loss in the Melbourne derby here yesterday.In the spotlight for the past week for all the wrong reasons, Gayle managed a run-a-ball 21 at the top of the order, but it was Bravo, with 59 off 37 deliveries, who set the Docklands Stadium alight and propelled Renegades up to 155 for six off their 20 overs.However, Englishman Kevin Pietersen then slammed an unbeaten 67 to guide Melbourne Stars to their target with two overs remaining.The defeat was the Renegades’ fourth, and it left them sixth in the standings on four points, while their city rivals, Stars, are now third on eight points and two points off leaders Adelaide Strikers.Sent in, Renegades lost Tom Cooper to the seventh ball of the game for one with the score on three, but Gayle and captain Cameron Whyte, who hit 29, added 53 off 45 deliveries for the second wicket, to revive the innings.The left-handed Gayle gathered just five runs from his first 12 balls, before exploding in the seventh over with two leg-side sixes off leg-spinner Adam Zampa.His fireworks were short-lived, however, as he eventually holed out to long on off seamer Marcus Stoinis in the ninth over.Whyte perished off the very next delivery, and Renegades lost two more quick wickets to slip to 78 for five in the 13th over, before Bravo arrived to rescue the innings.