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AFL To Adopt Fijian Flair

  The Fijian flair that rugby players are well-known for could play an advantage for the AFL Fiji men’s team who are preparing for the August’s International Cup in Melbourne,
30 Jun 2017 10:52
AFL To Adopt Fijian Flair
AFL Fiji players at Albert Park in Suva. Photo: AFL Fiji

 

The Fijian flair that rugby players are well-known for could play an advantage for the AFL Fiji men’s team who are preparing for the August’s International Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

Head coach Simon Highfield said the natural talent that the Fijian players have is something that is not found in other countries.

“I think the athleticism of the Fijian players is amazing and that is definitely an advantage that we have over other countries,” Highfield said.

“The natural speed, strength and Fijian flair of the players is incredible to watch and if you convert that into an AFL game, Fiji could be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

“You see the 7s team and what they can do with time and space on the field, the footie field is big enough and with the space and time I think our boys can do wonders.”

He said with the amount of game time the players have had with their weekly Powerade Cup competition, the morale amongst the players is growing.

“We’re fortunate to have these weekly competitions which gives the boys more game time and eventually adds to their training,” he said.

“These game times are important because the boys are able to get better and get the experience they need on the field.

“The boys discipline is amazing and we’re just working on some of the strengths and weaknesses that they have to help them become the best they can be.

“While preparations are going well, the only problem that AFL Fiji faces is financial assistance,” said Highfield.

The teams have resorted to fundraising on their own to help them in their preparation for the Melbourne trip.

“We’re still struggling to find financial support, while we have Government support we are also trying to look for business houses to help out as well.

“The players need that financial support so that they can focus on training without having to worry about raising funds.”

Fiji are in Division One of the International Cup and could face top teams like Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Ireland and Pacific powerhouses like Tonga and Nauru.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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