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Focus on fitness

Manoj Kumar
Friday, February 01, 2013

The Fiji women's hockey team is focused on fitness and discipline in the lead-up to Round Two of the Women's Hockey World League in India this month.

The side has been training twice a day knowing that they have a huge task at hand having been drawn against India, Russia, Japan, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.

Coach Shaun Corrie said they had been doing the tough stuff with gym and pool sessions.

He has retained the side that won Round One of the league and the Oceania Pacific Cup in Suva last year.

There has been an addition to the squad with Sarote Nakaora, a vital member of the team who was out injured for a while.

Corrie said they were working on individual defence, ball retention and possession at training.

"We also have to keep our focus, and self discipline is very important," Corrie said.

He said their opponents would be "fast, powerful and with a lot more experience at international level".

"They have been playing more hockey because of the region they are located in while we are isolated in the Pacific," he said.

"Unlike us, some of these nations have had proper turfs for some 30 years. It's a step up for us, it will be tough but we will be going there to compete."

The second round of the Hockey World League will be held in four different countries with 22 nations participating.

Cape Town, South Africa, staged the first play-offs last month with South Africa and Belgium qualifying for the third round.

Fiji features in the next play-offs in New Delhi from February 18-24. The third tournament will be held in Spain at the end of the month while the final one will be staged in Brazil from March 4-10.

The top two teams from each tournament progress to the next round.

"Round Two will be a whole lot different to what we had in Suva. It's a huge challenge but we are up for it," Corrie said.





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