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Fiji Tribe, Fiji Vonu aim for the top

Justine Mannan suva Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji has named their captains for the Fiji Tribe (men) and Fiji Vonu (women) 28-member squad for the AFL International Cup 2014 (IC14)
25 Jul 2014 09:05

Justine Mannan
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Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji has named their captains for the Fiji Tribe (men) and Fiji Vonu (women) 28-member squad for the AFL International Cup 2014 (IC14) in Australia next month.
AFL Fiji national coach Myke Leahy said he was confident both teams had a chance of winning the first division after the men’s team won the second division in the 2011 International Cup.
“We have come a long way and I think they are capable of securing top spot this year,” Leahy said.
“In 2011 our preparation was just for a few months and we didn’t have such a strong domestic competition.
“This year, however, we have had a real successful domestic competition all year; our training has been three nights a week and so we are in a much better place strategically as the players now understands their roles a lot better.
“So I think we have really taken a step up this time because it will be very difficult to beat some of the teams we will be facing.”
For the first time AFL Fiji will be taking a women’s team to compete in the IC14 and Leahy said even though the girls have been together for a year, they will hope to cause a few upsets.
Tough teams Fiji will be up against are Ireland and Papua New Guinea but Leahy believes they are prepared to face them this year.
“The best teams we will have to look out for are Ireland and PNG.
“They will be the hardest teams to beat and we are hoping to cause an upset in those games early,” he said.
“We have always played fast and exciting football but now we got more structure behind us and we are also quite strong defensively, it’s not just an attacking team anymore we are also a structural team for both mens and womens.”
Fiji Vonu captain Siteri Tadrau said despite being in a new environment they will be doing their best.
“We are expecting a great challenge. It will an eye-opener for us going there.
“The girls are ready to give their best.
“All I ask is for them to do their best for Fiji and we are asking the support of Fiji as a whole. We just need their prayers and support.” she said.
AFL Fiji are also trying to fundraise to help the players with accomodation and living expenses.
Leahy said they would have a fundraising night at the Holiday Inn Suva on Saturday at 6.30pm.
“Everyone is invited to come and support our players.
“There will be competitions, prizes and quizzes, there will be free drinks and food with entry fee of only $25.”
The team leaves for Melbourne, Australia on August 7 with their first game on August 10 against Ireland.

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