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Fiji- Nauru Grand Final

The AFL Fiji Tribe Under-15 team will face defending champions Nauru in the 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup today at Albert Park. A grand finale is not new to Fiji
12 Dec 2014 14:55
Fiji- Nauru Grand Final

The AFL Fiji Tribe Under-15 team will face defending champions Nauru in the 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup today at Albert Park.

A grand finale is not new to Fiji as they have appeared in the finals for three years and Fiji coach Alipate Navuso said it was to do with the attitudes of the players.

“The attitude of the boys is the one reason why we have not won the grand final for three years,” Navuso said.

“The boys have too much aggression, in this game of footy. It’s all about attacking the ball not the men, so what most of the boys do is they emphasise their aggression a lot on the player rather than on the ball.

“By doing this it has taken their concentration away from the game and that is the main downfall for Fiji losing the past three finals.”

Navuso said winning or losing is not the main focus as long as the boys learn from their experience.

“Before the game I told the boys that we haven’t experienced a defeat yet and it is good to experience a defeat.

“If we win it’s a bonus, if we lose I’ll be happy because from there they can learn from their mistakes rather than winning and they become arrogant and for them there won’t be room for improvement.” He said.

Playing against a team who lives and breathes AFL, Navuso said it will be a tough game but hopes for a good turnout from the public.

“Nauru is a very good side and very formidable, AFL is their national sport so no wonder they are very good,” he said.

“Every year we expect big things from Nauru and they always deliver and have done exceptionally well so we are looking forward to the game.

“I would just like to ask the public to come down to Albert Park to support the Fiji team and the Oceania countries taking part as well.”

Meanwhile, the coach of the Nauru side Zac Temaki said though they have the advantage of knowing the game of AFL, they will be facing a very tough Fijian side.

“We have the advantage of playing this game when we are young. We know how to play and we know how to kick and mark and Fijians aren’t really strong at that because they are still new to the game.

“But we are waiting for tomorrow (today) to see how this goes. Fiji won’t back down and they will be a tough opponent to beat.” Temaki said.

The 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup grand final starts at 1pm at Albert Park, Suva today.

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