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Japan In For 2017 Oceania Hockey

Japan In For 2017 Oceania Hockey
December 01
11:00 2017

Japan will take part for the first time in the annual Oceania Challenge Cup on December 9-16 at the National Hockey Centre.

This annual event has grown out of the Oceania Pacific Cup which was first held in 2008 and developed as an additional competition when hockey competition being held annually involved only Pacific Island teams.

The series involved annual competition between men and women’s teams representing Australian Country, NZ President’s XI and Fiji President’s XI teams and has been held since its inception in Suva in December,

This year’s competition includes for the first time teams from outside the Oceania region.

The Japan U21 men’s team and U18 women’s team will be taking part in the competition.

Fiji will be represented by the men and women’s President’s XI and a second women’s team composed mainly of U18 representatives who were selected after the Secondary Schools championship held in Levuka in August.  It is expected that representatives from Ba, Lautoka, Ovalau, Nadi and Suva schools will have their first opportunity to take part in a high level international competition.

The U18 squad are preparing for the Oceania qualification tournament in April 2018 to select two teams to represent Oceania at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Several U18 players from Ovalau, Ba, Lautoka and Suva have been selected in the Fiji Men’s President’s XI team announced last Sunday.

Fiji’s teams are being coached by Hector Smith (men), Alison Southey (women) and the Fiji Invitation side (women) is being coached by Ana Finau and Marcus Hicks.

 -Fiji Hockey Federation

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