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Fijian Tribe Defends Oceania Cup

Fijian Tribe Defends Oceania Cup
The Fiji Junior Tribe team celebrates after winning the 2018 AFL Oceania Cup at Albert Park in Suva on December 6, 2018. Photo: Grace Narayan
December 07
11:00 2018

Fiji Junior Tribe team defeated Nauru Stars 34- 21 in the final of the AFL Oce­ania U15 Cup competition at Albert Park yesterday.

The side recorded their second title win in a row and is confident to make the high­est number of players selected for the final South Pacific team to compete at the 2019 Queensland State Championship in April.

Fiji Junior Tribe coach Loata Vakausausa was overwhelmed with the performance.

“I feel we were able to win because we had a very good side eventhough we lacked abit on the discipline aspect but we managed to do it,” Vakausausa said

“The team in general has been tremendous­ly doing well as far as their performance is concerned but they are developing slowly throughout.

“We have been conducting clinics in schools and communities on promoting this sport and the feedback has been great, and we hop­ing this sport will get the recognition it de­serves in the years to come.

“One of the greatest challenge I faced as a coach was changing the mindset of the boys from playing rugby to Australian Football League.

“We are looking forward to fielding in about 15 players from the team for our final squad that will represent the South Pacific team at the 2019 Queensland State Championship in Australia in April.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

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