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Cold New Delhi weather greets Fiji hockey teams

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE national hockey teams are settling well in India despite the time difference and the chilly Delhi climate.

Both the men's and women's teams arrived in New Delhi for the Hero Hockey World League Round Two early on Friday morning after a 16-hour flight from Nadi via Hong Kong.

National women's coach Shaun Corrie said his players were excited but at the same time aware of the task ahead of them as they play Japan, ranked Number 9 in the world, in their first match on Monday. "Coming out to play in this league is a big thing for us, it's very good expoure for the girls and we will do our best," said Corrie.

Fiji — the lowest world ranked team at 59th — will also face India (12), Russia (20), Malaysia (22) and Kazakhstan (33).

Corrie said some of the players were first time travellers and for most of them, this would be their first trip to India.

Considering the seven hour time difference with Fiji ahead of India, Corrie said his team had midnight sessions before they came, hoping that it would help the girls in their games.

"We are lookiong forward to playing against Japan," he said. "We have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this league.

"This is the biggest meet that we've been to and we will do our best."

Fiji will play Russia on Tuesday, India on Thursday, Malaysia on Friday and their final match will be against Kazakhstan on Sunday.

The men's team has a world ranking of 70th and will play against India (11), Ireland (15), China (18), Oman (36) and Bangladesh (40).

The Hector Smith Sr-coached side will tussle it out with hosts India on Monday, Ireland on Wednesday, China on Thursday, Bangladesh on Saturday and against Omar in their final match on Sunday.


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