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Vanuatu Team Here To Learn

Vanuatu has been one of the teams who have come into the 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup with nothing to lose, but a lot to gain. Since last taking part
12 Dec 2014 14:47
Vanuatu Team Here To Learn

Vanuatu has been one of the teams who have come into the 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup with nothing to lose, but a lot to gain.

Since last taking part in the Oceania Cup in 2012, they have come back this year and have learned a lot from the week long tournament.

Vanuatu coach Blair Mortimer said most of his players had not been playing AFL for a long time.

“It has been a very challenging week for us,” Mortimer said.

AFL is a minor sport in Vanuatu as soccer, beach volleyball and cricket are the major sports played in the country.

Mortimer said coming into the tournament, winning was never on their agenda.

“AFL is fairly a new sport in Vanuatu and when we decided to take part in the Oceania Cup, winning wasn’t a big aim for us personally,” he said.

Mortimer has been a coach for Vanuatu for six months and he said AFL is more than just a sport to the boys.

With a total of 150 kids turned out to trials to represent their country in the Oceania Cup, Mortimer said the one problem they faced was sponsorship.

“We will be also starting our senior and junior competitions around Easter. Being in this tournament has been amazing.

“The players have really adapted well and i know for a fact that they will take what they have learned and use it to build their knowledge of the game as well as how they play.”

The 2014 AFL U15 Oceania Cup ends today with the grand final between Fiji and defending championships Nauru.

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