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Fiji hosts Oceania footy event

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, December 09, 2013

FIJI will this week play host to the 2013 Youth AFL Oceania Cup which starts tomorrow at Albert Park in Suva.

The five-day tournament will have five nations Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu competing.

AFL Asia-Pacific development manager Andrew Cadzow is anticipating an exciting week of competition.

"The Oceania Cup will play a vital role in showcasing the many talented players in our great game and more importantly, highlight the development and growth of football throughout Asia-Pacific," he said in a statement.

"Following the carnival an Oceania team will be selected to play for South Pacific Cup against New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and an Australian Indigenous team at Coffs Harbour in Australia in April 2014."

Fiji won the tournament last year while the other year's tournaments were won by Tonga (2009), PNG (2010) and New Zealand (2011).

Fixtures

Tuesday December 12 10am - 4pm Lighting Carnival;

Wednesday December 11 9am Opening Ceremony, 10am Vanuatu v Fiji, 11am Nauru v Fiji Development, 1pm Fiji v Tonga, 2pm Fiji Development v Vanuatu, 3pm Tonga v Nauru;

Thursday December 12 10am Tonga v Vanuatu, 11am Fiji v Fiji Development, 1pm Vanuatu v Nauru, 2pm Tonga v Fiji Development, 3pm Nauru v Fiji.