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Basketball Fiji Announces U15 Teams

Basketball Fiji with the Un­der-15 coaching and manage­ment team have announced the final 30- member team to the FIBA U15 Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea on Decem­ber 3-8. The
02 Oct 2018 11:49
Basketball Fiji Announces U15 Teams
Fiji Basketball Under-15 teams in Suva on September 29, 2018. Photo: Basketball Fiji

Basketball Fiji with the Un­der-15 coaching and manage­ment team have announced the final 30- member team to the FIBA U15 Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea on Decem­ber 3-8. The boys and girls teams are made up of 15 players and four management staff.

Girls head coach Seini Samson said they are confident in the selec­tion of the team.

“Having named the final team this early gives us enough time to pre­pare for the tournament in Decem­ber,” she said.

“Two of our youngest players are in primary school but on the court they have proven themselves wor­thy to represent Fiji in this year’s tournament.

William Peters the head coach for the boys’ team said it was a difficult decision when selecting the final team since they have been prepar­ing from April.

“The boys had continuously im­proved every week during training sessions, with each one determined to make the final team. At the end we had to select the strongest play­ers.

“Our aim is to finish at top 4 at the tournament on the understanding that every participating country will be bringing their best teams so competition will be tough and we will have to be at our best.”

Basketball Fiji chief operations officer Laisiasa Puamau said there has been a lot of effort and resourc­es put together in our efforts to compete in the regional U15 quali­fiers.

“We would like to thank the hard­working team manages and coach­es, parents, Basketball Fiji execu­tives for the decision to introduce a national U15 programme and Fiji National Sports Commission for their commitment to the teams’ air­fares to Papua New Guinea.”

He said the decision to have an U15 tournament is welcomed by Basketball Fiji Federation, as it will allow younger players to be in­volved in the game at a very early age.

“Coaching and management staff began preparations from April this year holding their trials in the cen­tral and western division whereby 35 boys and 25 girls were selected to be part of the training squad for five months.”

The winners for the tournament will be eligible to compete in the U16 Asia Championships in 2019.

Being the inaugural tournament, this also allows a level playing field for all Oceania countries which includes Australia, New Zealand, Guam, PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Ton­ga with our aim to bring that gold medal home.

TEAMS

Fiji U15 Girls: Estelle Kainamoli, Moana Liebregts, Sofaia Kacisolo­mone, Atelaite Vesikula, Sarafina Manulevu, Ranadi Koroi, Elenoa Kuboutawa, Ilisapeci Doladei, Es­eta Clair Navunisaravi, Erica Bul­mel, Joadhan Taukave, Lily Waqa

Alternate : Jayne Cerelala, Ro Kel­era Waqarawai, Maria Naloli

Fiji U15 Boys: Hayden Carr, Simon Colala, Shravan Dayal, Hendrix Harm, Keenan Hughes, Ros Koroi, Tui Lesuma, Nalani May, Tomasi Ravai, Tevita Vuiyanuca, Joeli Ra­vai, Lorima Mucunabitu.

Alternate: Eashan Singh, George Peters, Mareko Kunau

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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