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Exciting Year for AFL Fiji: Highfield

  The Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji development officer Simon Highfield is excited about what the new year will bring after a successful 2016. AFL Fiji will be sending men
20 Jan 2017 12:00
Exciting Year for AFL Fiji: Highfield
Action from the AFL Fiji competition in Suva last year.

 

The Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji development officer Simon Highfield is excited about what the new year will bring after a successful 2016.

AFL Fiji will be sending men and women teams to the Australian Football International Cup in Melbourne in August.

Highfield is expecting an improved performance after Fiji finished 10th in the 2014 AFL International Cup thumping Indonesia 208-0, Great Britain 49-33 and losing to Ireland 55-10.

“Our athletes have been preparing and will continue to prepare in a professional and strict manner,”Highfield said.

Since AFL started in the country, the interest has grown and Highfield said their development programmes in the schools have been successful.

“We had a successful school, senior competitions and the biggest Oceania Cup ever to be hosted in Suva,” he said.

“We reached over 10,000 participants, witnessed extremely successful senior and Oceania competitions, credited 50 Level One coaches, employed a growing number of casual staff and three junior boys selected in the South Pacific team for 2017.”

However, the number one challenge that AFL Fiji face is the need for sponsors and a proper playing field.

“Thankfully, we received support from the Suva City Council for the use of Albert Park.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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