Fiji wins men’s hockey

LIKE a boss! That is how the Fiji men’s hockey team played their gold medal winning match and thrashed Vanuatu 15-1 to the top spot in the Pacific Games.

The turf at the Sir John Guise Stadium saw some fast paced hockey from a young Fiji side who in their previous encounter had to work for their win.

Fiji began the scoring after Vanuatu started barraging the Fiji goalmouth. Fiji’s defence held and soon Fiji was up a goal and then one after another Fiji managed to score.

Adrian Smith dazzled the Vanuatu defence with the his skills while the younger bunch of players combined well as well.

Coach Shaun Corrie said the win was very special.

“Men’s hockey returned to the Pacific Games after 36-years and it is an honour to be the first team to win gold,” Corrie said.

“The boys had been focused and I had a talk with them to keep their minds on the game and play their game and put into practice what they had trained.”

Adrian Smith said Vanuatu was tough but the boys stuck together.

“Most of us have been playing together for the past eight seasons, even the younger players have been playing with us. So we know how we play and understand each other,” he said.

The Fiji team comes back today.

* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP