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Ventures Hosts 23rd Daveta Tournament

The Ventures Hockey Club, the Fiji Hockey Federation (FHF) and the Manueli and Daveta families will be hosting the 23rd ‘Valerie Daveta-Manueli Memorial Tournament this weekend. As in previous years,
26 Jul 2016 10:00
Ventures Hosts 23rd Daveta Tournament
The defending women champions, Ventures. Photo: Alison Southey

The Ventures Hockey Club, the Fiji Hockey Federation (FHF) and the Manueli and Daveta families will be hosting the 23rd ‘Valerie Daveta-Manueli Memorial Tournament this weekend.

As in previous years, all FHF affiliated clubs and teams from around the country will be participating at two-day tournament.

“Valerie, who played for Ventures Hockey Club was instrumental in shaping the participation of women in the sport of hockey for Fiji,” Keasi Tora, president for Ventures HC said.

Daveta was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and underwent surgery in Australia and Fiji followed by her untimely death later in 1993.

“Ventures Hockey Club is proud to honour and celebrate the life and the achievements of Valerie at this tournament.

“Valerie became FHF’s first national hockey administrator and played a pivotal role in the development of hockey at all levels locally – primary, secondary and senior and international. She was also instrumental in the preparation of the inaugural participation of the Fiji Men’s Hockey team to the 1993 Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia where the Fiji men won its first bronze medal, playing for the first time on synthetic turf.”

The tournament starts on Friday and ends Sunday at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

Source: Ventures Hockey Club

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