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Moce girls selected

Arin Kumar
Sunday, May 13, 2012

THREE Lauan girls are set to make their debut for the national women's cricket team later this week.

The Viti Ruve is in Vanuatu for the 2012 ICC East Asia Pacific Women's Championship in which Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Japan, Samoa and Papua New Guinea are also competing.

All three girls are from Moce, an island which has established itself as producers of some of the well known national men's reps.

Ana Maidela, Mereia Tilau and Diana Vakaloloma are all 16 years old and share the same passion for cricket.

Form Five student of DAV Girls College, Maidela, said she wanted to play since her brother Sefenaia Takelo made a name for himself in the sport.

"He represented Fiji in 2009, and I wanted to do the same," she said.

"I first started playing when I was in Class Eight and just this year, I was part of the Suva team that participated in a national competition."

Maidela said she was lost for words when she found out she was selected for the national team.

"I was lost for words and then I was happy. I told my parents and they were happy too and fully supported me," she said.

Tilau's brother, Viliame Yabaki, is part of the national men's team but she says her interest in the sport started when she was still a child in Moce.

"I used to watch the men and the boys play in the village and I was hooked too," the Form Five student of Dudley High School said.

"I also played when a got a bit older and was able to swing a bat."

But she only took the sport professionally two years ago.

"I just started playing in 2010 and now I am in the national team, it was surprise for me but it's now a reality and I will give it my very best for Fiji," Tilau said.

Vakaloloma's story of her climb to the pinnacle of the sport in Fiji is quite inspiring.

"I do not go to school, I just stay in the village and when I am free, I play cricket," she said.

"I only started playing full time last year and then I was selected to be part of the Moce team to play in the women's championship.

She said she had never expected to part of the national team but her dream became a reality only over four months ago.

"After the women's national tournament, I found out I was selected for the national team, I was really surprised because I did not expect it.

"But now that I am in the team and am going to Vanuatu, I am happy, I want to continue playing cricket and one day I hope to secure an overseas contract."





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