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Team improves

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi India
Thursday, February 21, 2013

THE national women's hockey team played a much better game against Russia despite losing 0-9.

And everyone agreed that Fiji's performance in their second match of the Hockey World League had improved from their first game.

Russia who lost in an upset to lower ranked Malaysia 1-3 in their first match dominated the game against Fiji.

Captain Melba Nautu said the girls were learning on a very fast pace and hopefully they would bag a win from this league.

"This game was a bit better," she said.

Youngest player 14-year-old Tiara Dutta said in their first game against Japan, they were not out of their comfort zone, that's why they were unsettled.

"This second game we played well," she said.

Coach Shaun Corrie said the girls had learnt from their first game.

"They're starting to put up strong defence and they started contesting," he said.

Corrie had hoped his team would have scored some good goals yesterday. The players had couple of knocks from the Russian girls yesterday.

"There were a lot of high balls from the Russians."

Dual international Soko Salaniqiqi was stretched off the field on the 9th minute after she was hit on her knee. But Soko went back in after that.

Nautu had to be taken out of the field after a hit on her elbow. Tessa Harman got hit on her ankle. All the women's team had a rest day yesterday.


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