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Fiji loses Footy Oceania Youth Cup title to Nauru

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, December 14, 2013

FIJI surrendered the AFL Oceania Youth Cup title to Nauru in a one-sided affair at the Suva Grammar School grounds in Veiuto yesterday.

The national side lost to the visitors 13-56 in the final.

Nauru which earlier defeated Fiji by similar score line is the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Fiji/Vanuatu side settled for the third place after beating Tonga 21-19.

Fiji coach Max Wolfgramm said he was proud of the effort of his young side.

"It's a new team and they still got a lot to learn," he said.

"I'm really proud of the boys for what they have achieved."

National assistant coach Jonathan Chongkit said they would now turn their focus on the national team for the 2014 International Cup which will be held in Melbourne.

He said some players from the Fiji under-16 side would be part of the team's International Cup campaign.

AFL development officer Pacific Ben Drew was pleased with the gradual improvement in the standard of the competition.

"It was fantastic tournament this year. Smaller in numbers in the last few years but the quality certainly better than it has been."

Meanwhile, Fiji's Meli Ledua was named the Player of the Tournament.