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Kiwi Women Too Strong For Fiji

Fiji women’s hockey side suffered their first loss of the 2014 Oceania Pacific Cup after the New Zealand President’s XI team proved too strong defeating them 9-0 yesterday. Despite the
08 Dec 2014 11:55
Kiwi Women Too Strong For Fiji

Fiji women’s hockey side suffered their first loss of the 2014 Oceania Pacific Cup after the New Zealand President’s XI team proved too strong defeating them 9-0 yesterday.

Despite the loss, Fiji head coach Alison Southey was pleased with her team’s performance up against the experienced Kiwi side.

“I’m happy with the women’s performance. When we took the team through the briefing, we understood that New Zealand is way more experienced with so many years behind them. We took our game as the best that we could and I commend the girls for fighting till the very end.”

Southey cleared concerns regarding team captain Catherine Fabiano who had appeared to have sustained injuries during the game.

“She’s okay. She’s alright. The captain for the day got injured but she’s okay. She just pulled a muscle from too much running and stuff. We had two players sit out because they don’t play on Sundays so that’s kind of strained our squad but otherwise it was good.”

All in all, Southey remained true to the team outlook on each with much respect for Samoa in their next game today.

“Like I’ve said, as confident as we are we’ll take each game as they come. We learnt a lot from this game and we hope to implement everything that we’ve learnt here into our next game.”

Kiwi skipper Aleesha Nana led by example tallying the opening score for her side in the third minute followed by Megan Winsloe, Kelsey Macdonald and Tinesha Carey to put them in the lead 4-0 at halftime.

Winsloe continued the kiwi onslaught in the second half followed by Carey, Nana and Brook Young. Marieke Thomas rounded up the score for the day to end the game 9-0.

In the other games of the day, Australia Country claimed their second win in the women’s division with a 7-1 victory over Vanuatu while Papua New Guinea handed Samoa their second straight loss 5-1.

In the men’s division, New Zealand President’s XI beat Australia Country 5-3 while Papua New Guinea defeated Samoa 4-1.

Fiji play Samoa in the women’s division today at 2.30pm followed by the men’s team taking on New Zealand President’s XI at 4.30pm.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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