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A Win For All The Mothers

  The Fijian Blues won the 2016 Handy Finance Oceania Volleyball Championship women’s final after a lapse of six years yesterday. This was after they defeated New Caledonia 3-2 victory
08 May 2016 10:44
A Win For All The Mothers
The Fijian Whites celebrate after winning the Handy Finance Oceania Volleyball men’s final at the Vodafone Arena in Suva last night. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

The Fijian Blues won the 2016 Handy Finance Oceania Volleyball Championship women’s final after a lapse of six years yesterday.

This was after they defeated New Caledonia 3-2 victory at the Vodafone Arena.

The win has now given the green light for Fiji to participate in the 2017 Asian Volleyball Championship against some of the world’s best which includes China, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

Team captain Masi Raituku dedicated their win to all the mothers in Fiji.

“This win is for all the mothers in Fiji to wish them happy mother’s day.

“This is a very young team as most of our senior players couldn’t come to attend the tournament due to other national commitments but, I’m happy for this development team,” Raituku said.

“Despite the difficulties the team faced during their preparation, the girls played their hearts out for the country.

“There were obstacles we faced along the way but we were told by our coach to keep pushing on.”

It was a repeat of the 2010 final where the Fijians defeated New Caledonia 3-0 in the final to win gold in Noumea. New Caledonia won the first set 25-22 but the Fijians regrouped to win the second set 26-24. The visitors won the third set 25-18.

The Fijians regrouped well in the fourth set getting their tactical change right, putting pressure on the visitors as they proved themselves too strong to win 25-18.

In the fifth set, the Fijians won 16-14.

 

Happy birthday coach

It was also a sweet birthday present for head coach Basilio Kalokalodromu who turned 41 yesterday.

The Vaturova, Cakaudrove native achieved a milestone after winning his first international tournament in his first national coaching job.

“My message to the girls all along was to think of the hard training during our preparation.”

New Caledonia coach Waya Katia was impressed with the performance.

“For us we are winners, Fiji played a good game, but I’m happy with our performance,” Katia said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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