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Getting Into the Game Mode

The Fiji Under-19 women’s basketball team is going into game mode with less than three weeks to go before the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships start at the Vodafone
07 Nov 2014 14:04
Getting Into the Game Mode
Dilkusha Home girls with their teacher after their meke performance on September 16, 2019, at the Dilkusha Home in Nausori. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Fiji Under-19 women’s basketball team is going into game mode with less than three weeks to go before the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-19 Basketball Championships start at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Coach Dale Sauqaqa said it was all about preparing the girls’ mindset for the tournament.

“We’re expecting our game times to be at around 3pm, 4pm and 7pm for the tournament so we’re trying to make sure that all our scrimmages are scheduled for those times,”she said.

“This is all part of our focus now on getting the girls accustomed to the tournament times.

“So really at this point it’s about getting the girls conditioned for the tournament, getting them into the right mindset and thinking for the competition with this level of basketball. It’s especially important considering most of the team will be playing for the first time at regional level.”

Sauqaqa was adamant her girls would do their best and would not underestimate the competition.

“We’re expecting tough competition overall. Most of the countries coming have already introduced their younger players at national level and they have competed in regional meets for their senior teams so they’ve gained exposure.

“In addition, with this tournament also serving as the qualifiers for the World Under-19 Championships next year, the pressure is on to earn a spot and Australia and New Zealand will definitely be coming in strong.

“Overall, we’re just looking at everyone the same and we’re not going to underestimate any teams.”

Sauqaqa acknowledged the support given by the major sponsor BLK and the families of the players.

“We’re very thankful for the huge support given by our sponsor BLK with all the equipment they’ve provided. We’re also incredibly thankful for the support of the parents. Most times, you see the mothers coming out.

“But with these girls, it’s their fathers who are here every day when we’re training, showing their support in solidarity for the team and that really means so much to us.”

Sauqaqa confirmed she would soon name her final 10 for the tournament from to be hosted in Suva from December 1-6.

Feedback:  eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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