Fiji hockey looks for potential players

THE Fiji Hockey Federation has embarked on a mission to scout for potential talents to represent the national team for the international tournaments.

National coach Hector Smith held High Performance Unit training sessions in Ba and Lautoka over the weekend attracting overwhelming response.

Smith said this year’s Oceania Championship would be tougher with the inclusion of the New Zealand President’s team.

He said a number of young talents turned up from Lautoka and Nadi on the weekend.

“The training session in Ba was also successful,” Smith said.

“There are some good young talents in Lautoka, Nadi and Ba. In Suva we have the big advantage of having the national hockey centre.

“Bringing this program out to the West is to filter the new ideas to the talents. I have been coaching the national team for some time so we need to start breeding the new players and sharing the new ideas.

“So that when they get to the national camp things are not new for them. With this we have a bit of a wider base to choose from.”

The Oceania Championship will be held in Suva from December 6-13.

Smith said they had been working tirelessly on building a formidable national team.

He said the second trials would be held next month.

“We have been working hard since July for the upcoming Oceania Championship,” Smith said.

“The New Zealand President’s Selection will be coming this time so there is a lot of respect for hockey locally. We have taken care of Australian Country, the New Zealand Maoris and the other Pacific Island teams before.

“The New Zealand President’s team will be a big challenge for our players this year. The second trials will be held on October 18-19.

“After that we will have our final trials. So there will be competition right until the end so nobody slacks off. Everyone will be looking forward to it with great interest.”

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