THE national women's High Performance hockey side is bracing for a tough encounter with the New Zealand Masters side today. Coach Shaun Corrie was present when the Kiwi side beat the Fiji Masters 2-0 on Monday at the National Hockey Centre. He said since they would be playing three games with the NZ side, they would vary each game. "We will try and use different variations in each game," Corrie said. "They will be a tough side and will try and improve from their game with the Fiji Masters today (Monday) so we will brace for a tough encounter," he said. The High Performance side is made up of players who are eyeing selection into the national women's side.
THE national men's side finished the 30th World Chess Olympiad with a 4-0 win over Kenya on Monday. However, the side lost more games in the competition than they won resulting them finishing on 147 spot. The side was ranked 134 in the world when they started the competition but couldn't hold on to their spot. The side won three games, drew one and lost seven games in the 11 rounds they competed in. Armenia, last year's bronze medallist, won the Olympiad this year. Last year's winner Russia was placed second. The women's national side also lost ground in the international ranking. They fell two places to end the competition on 120th spot. The side won two games, drew two and lost seven in their 11 rounds of competition. Last year's runner up Russia won the women's competition this year and last year's winner, China was placed second.
WOMEN in the Suva area have been encouraged to try the sport of cricket. The Suva Women's Cricket League will begin next month and Cricket Fiji (CF) has invited women to attend training. CF development officer Josefa Rika said women interested in playing cricket were to attend training sessions at the Albert Park nets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. "Women who are interesting in playing in the Suva Women's Club League should come down and attend the training sessions," Rika said. "These training sessions will be important because players who are not part of clubs will then be put into clubs and teams for the competition," he said. Training begins at 3.30pm and ends at 5.30pm.