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Aussie Gems Here To Shine

Coach Paul Goriss said they do not know what they are up against but they have been preparing accordingly and hope to learn along the way. “We haven’t really got
30 Nov 2014 14:19
Aussie Gems Here To Shine
The Jayco Australian Gems during training at the USP Basketball Court in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Coach Paul Goriss said they do not know what they are up against but they have been preparing accordingly and hope to learn along the way.

“We haven’t really got to see a lot of the teams play or know a lot about them so we are going in there not knowing a lot,” Goriss said.
“We’ve been really focusing on what we can do and our structures and our processes that we think we can be successful at.

“We’re just going through the process of taking care of what we need to take care of and our goals, and worry about other teams as we get to play them and scout them and get to learn a little bit more about them.”

Being the top ranked team in Oceania, Goriss said it is a good idea to hold the tournament outside of Australia and New Zealand as it serves as a learning curve for the players, especially when they aim to win gold.

“It’s good the tournament is held outside Australia and New Zealand. It’s good for our players to learn in different environments and from different cultures,” said Goriss.

“It’s difficult playing away from home and the challenges they present, but it’s a good challenge for our group to be taken out of their comfort zone a little bit.

“Our main aim for this tournament is to win gold.”
Jayco Gems will play their first game against American Samoa.
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