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Coaches, Captains Reflect

After two days of vigorous competition and dealing with the a particularly strong dose of typical Suva rain, the coaches and captains of the competing teams in the 2014 Oceania
08 Dec 2014 11:53
Coaches, Captains Reflect

After two days of vigorous competition and dealing with the a particularly strong dose of typical Suva rain, the coaches and captains of the competing teams in the 2014 Oceania Pacific Cup and 2014 World Hockey League weighed in on their experiences.

Despite losing, Samoan coach Taiava Ah Young had a lot of praise for his gallant men although they went down 4-1 to a much fitter Papua New Guinea side yesterday.

“Our boys played well,” said Ah Young.

PNG captain Sapau Tapu was ecstatic with the victory saying “it was our fitness that helped us.”

Experienced Papua New Guinea women’s team captain Terry Kiapin said the 5-1 victory over Samoa was bitter sweet in their World League Round 1 and Oceania Pacific Cup competition at the National Hockey Centre in Suva, Fiji.

“We were actually expecting a good result today. This win is actually a satisfaction for us,” she said.

Former PNG coach Barry Vouland was in the opposition camp for Samoa saying they played two halts.

“We did well in the first but lost the plot in the second to indiscipline,” he said.

Former Olympian Hayden Shaw and captain of the New Zealand President’s XI, 22 year-old Edmund Cousins expected their Australian Country opponents to give them a tough game.

Both Shaw and Cousins scored two goals apiece in their 5-3 victory in a very fast paced match Oceania Pacific Cup game in Suva, Fiji.

“Great feeling to play Australia. It’s always very fierce. Happy to go away with a win,” said Cousins started the New Zealand fight back after the Aussies took an early lead.

“The scores line is a fair reflection of the game,” said Hayden the most experienced of the Kiwi players.

New Zealand President’s XI captain Aleesha Nana opened the scoring for the Kiwis in just the third minute as they raced away to a 4-nil lead at the breather.

“It was a great game from our girls, we need to work on a few things before we face the Australians tomorrow,” she said.

Vanuatu’s Peter Robinson was delighted with the 3-1 at halftime and the final 7-1 scoreline at the end.

“My girls really played well in the first 35 minutes,” he said.

Australian Country coach Wayne Gaynor was satisfied with the outcome but not happy with his team’s performance.

“There were times of concentration lapses.”

Both tournaments are being contested at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva.

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