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Fitness level stands out at volleyball trials

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, January 04, 2013

VOLLEYBALL Fiji coach Kenneth Lidise is impressed with the level of fitness showcased by the national team trialists for the Pacific Mini Games (PMG) to be held later this year.

Close to 50 players turned up during the Fiji men's team central eastern trials at the Vodafone Arena in the past two days.

Lidise said the players were tested in various factors and also given some game time to prove their worth.

He said they did thorough analysis of the players, assessing them individually to ensure the right players were chosen.

"We basically had the physical and skills testing during the trials yesterday (Wednesday) after which the players were given some game time," Lidise said.

"We sorted out the players who we saw had the potential to make the squad and divided them into teams for further testing (yesterday)."

Lidise said they were expecting similar turnout in the trials for the western players which will be held tomorrow at the Lautoka multipurpose courts.

He said the large pool of players would provide them with more choice to select a formidable squad for the men's and women's national teams.

"I request the interested players in west to come out in numbers and give a try for a place in the national team," Lidise said.

"Although the competition level is higher in the Central Division, there is no doubt about the talent in the west."

Lidise said they would name a 30-member men's and women's squad each which would be trimmed to the desired number leading up to the PMG.

Meanwhile, the central eastern women's trials will be held on January 7 and 8.


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