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More Women Needed In Code

The Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji held a nine-a-side Diwali competition with the hopes of attracting more females to the sport yesterday. Fiji for the first time sent a women’s
24 Oct 2014 12:07
More Women Needed In Code

The Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji held a nine-a-side Diwali competition with the hopes of attracting more females to the sport yesterday.

Fiji for the first time sent a women’s team, Fiji Vonu, to the AFL International Cup 2014 (IC14) held in Australia in August.
And the women are keen to continue playing AFL and developing and learning the game, hence the competition between the Nasinu Cats and Suva Swans.

AFL Fiji Vonu team manager Lupe Wolfgramm said the turnout yesterday was good considering it was the first nine-a-side match.

“Ever since the girls came back from Australia, they kept asking for more game time,” Wolfgramm said.

“Nasinu Cats and Suva Swans played but we’re hoping to have four clubs by the end of the year.”
Wolfgramm said the funding given to AFL Fiji by the Australian High Commission will be used for development.

“We need to get more women involved and some of the money will go towards that cause,”  Wolfgramm said.

“We were impressed today (yesterday) with the girls, we still see how keen they are and the fitness they have upheld as they get into kicking, handling the ball and marking the ball.

“In December, the Tongan team might be coming down to play our women.”
In the Diwali nine a side match yesterday, Nasinu Cats beat the Suva Swans 77-70.
Women’s AFL training will commence next week every Tuesdays, with a competition held on Fridays at Albert Park.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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