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Cricket Pedigree Runs Through Village

Cricket Pedigree Runs Through Village
Maika Kamikamica with the 2017 Easter Cricket Cup. Photo: Sheenam Chandra
September 03
10:00 2018


When you set foot on Nasau Village on Moce Island you will see a sparse cricket ground in the centre of the village.

Cricket has been a part of Moce Island since the colonial period.

Maika Kamikamica is the current captain of the Moce Cricket team.

The 44-year old said the villagers of Moce Island have been very keen cricketers since they were old enough to play and understand the game.

He was born and raised on Moce in the southern Lau Group and is married with a child.

“Every Wednesday we play cricket in the village. There are four teams in Moce, so we have a competition among ourselves and then the winning team represents Moce Island,” Mr Kamikamica said.

Every house in Moce Island contains some sort of cricket memento.

The village community hall contains cricket helmets belonging to past players.

Mr Kamikamica said their team had been winning for three years in national competitions.

The last trophy they won was last year.

Mr Kamikamica has also represented Fiji in tournaments in Australia, Canada, Japan and Malaysia.

“I started representing Fiji since I was 28 years old,” he said.

“When you move around the village, you will see children playing cricket at every corner.

“It has been instilled into the children here. It’s like a norm for the villagers to play cricket,” said Mr Kamikamica.

He derives his inspiration from the Waugh brothers, Steven and Mark, who played cricket for Australia from the late 1980s to early 2004.

Mr Kamikamica told Fiji Sun that he always puts God first and success follows him.

“I leave it to the person upstairs and then He decides what’s right for me,” he said.

Mr Kamikamica says being healthy is the first step towards being a good sportsman.

“Stay fit and eat the right things and always remember to look after your body,” he said.

Edited by Epineri Vula




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