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Winning Start

The Fiji men’s and women’s teams started Day One of the Oceania Pacific Cup and World Hockey League with wins at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday. The men’s
07 Dec 2014 10:20

The Fiji men’s and women’s teams started Day One of the Oceania Pacific Cup and World Hockey League with wins at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday.

The men’s started the defence of the Oceania Pacific Cup title and took the lead League after defeating Samoa 13-1 in Suva yesterday.

Headcoach Shaun Corrie praised his players despite the wet conditions at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

“I would have loved to have better weather, but everybody is playing in that kind of condition. We started our campaign a bit slow and we need to improve on our goals,” Corrie said.

Corrie expects a tough game against New Zealand President’s XI in their second game tomorrow at 4.30pm.

“New Zealand always brings a tough team. Our Fiji men haven’t won the tournament here at home and we’re looking to change that.”

The Hector Smith (Junior) -captained side maintained the lead from the start with Hamlet Wedlock scoring the first goal. Tevita King followed suit with brothers Denzel and Christopher Mock scoring each shortly.

Fiji’s other goals; Livan Dutta (2), Alsace Smith (2), Adrian Smith (2), James Edwards, Terence Corrie, Christopher Mock.

Samoa’s goal came from Fetuao Nokise.

Meanwhile, New Zealand President’s XI defeated Papua New Guinea 12-0 in the other men’s match.

Meanwhile, heavy rain yesterday failed to stop  Fiji women’s team as they thrashed Vanuatu 10-nil.

Coach coach Alison Southey commended her players for braving the wet weather.

“We had the game stopped about three times because of the heavy downpour and the slippery turf. I’m happy with their win,” she said.

Southey anticipated a strong game against the New Zealand President’s XI today.

“The girls are prepared mentally and physically. They’re expecting a hard run against New Zealand.”

Catherine Fabiano opened the score sheet with two goals to her name, lanky midfielder Tiara Dutta followed with three, two to Melba Nautu, and a goal each to Asinate Blake, Maxine Brown and Helena Young.

In the other women’s games, New Zealand President’s XI led Samoa 4-0 before the game was deferred to Tuesday because of rain while Australia Country beat Papua New Guinea 7-0.

Competition continues today with Australia Country opening the games taking on Vanuatu in the women’s category at 10.30am.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 




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