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Fiji needs to lift its game, says Cadzow

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DESPITE a 8-26 loss in the final round robin game to the Solomon Islands yesterday, Nauru will feature in the final of the Australian Football League (AFL) U15 Oceania Cup Championship today.

The last round robin games were to be played on Monday but were postponed because of Tropical Cyclone Evan that resulted in heavy rain and windy conditions in the capital city.

Nauru finished second in the competition and will face table toppers Fiji at Suva's Albert Park.

The hosts won three out of their four games but the visitors are the favourites for the final.

AFL Asia Pacific Development manager Andrew Cadzow, who is in charge of the tournament, said Nauru's 33-24 win over Fiji on the first day of competition gave them an edge.

He said the home side would need to lift their performance to a whole new level if they wanted to upset Nauru.

"We expect a very close and tense match between Fiji and Nauru tomorrow (today)," Cadzow said.

"Nauru are favourites because they play a very stylish brand of the game and they hold and kick the ball around very well," he said.

"Fiji will need to play a much better game than their loss to Nauru on day one if they want to beat Nauru on their second attempt."

This is the fourth year of the tournament but it is the first time Fiji will feature in the final.

Fiji Junior Tribe coach Alipate Savai has requested fans of the national side to come and support the boys in the final today.

Meanwhile, Cadzow said they had selected 30 players from the tournament which also feature Tonga and Vanuatu to be part of the Oceania under-15 side.

"The team will feature in the South Pacific Cup in New Zealand next year," he said.





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