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Australian Country wary of Fiji's threat

Arin Kumar
Friday, December 07, 2012

THE Australian Country women's hockey side has dubbed Fiji as their biggest threat in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World League Round 1 and Oceania Pacific Cup that will start tomorrow in Suva.

Australia Country are defending the women's title and arrived into the country on Wednesday with hopes of winning their third OPC title in a row.

The side had their first training session at the National Hockey Centre yesterday, the venue of the tournament, in Laucala Bay, Suva and team coach Wayne Gaynor said they were wary of the host country.

He said Fiji would be tough opponents compared to last year because they have never won the tournament since its inception in 2008.

"The reason why I am saying Fiji will the tough is because we played them in the final last year and they played well but we managed to win by two goals," Gaynor said.

"It was a tough final and I am sure the Fiji women's side has prepared even better this year to try and win the title.

"Another team that could be a threat is the New Zealand Maori side."

Gaynor said he knew what to expect from their opponents and also the weather in capital city.

"I was here last year and I know how the weather can change, it will really be hot and humid one moment and then it can rain suddenly. We have some new players in the team and they are not used to this kind of weather so we will keep the players well hydrated so they are able to play well," he said.