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Pair named in East-Asia Pacific team

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SEKOVE Ravoka and Joe Rika have been named in the East-Asia Pacific (EAP) team for the Australian Country Cricket Championships (ACCC) next month.

Rika will assist the team's head coach, Rarua Dikana, who is from Papua New Guinea, while Ravoka is the lone Fijian player in the team laced with players from Vanuatu, PNG and Samoa.

Cricket Fiji marketing and communications officer Laura Macintosh said the organisation was proud of the pair's achievements.

She said playing at the championships would be huge exposure for Ravoka and Rika.

"This is a good opportunity for the two to be exposed at the highest level," Macintosh said.

"Country Cricket is one of best competitions in Australia and it will be great exposure. That standard is high so Ravoka and Rika will definitely learn from the competition."

The 27-year-old Ravoka plays for Cowramup Cricket Club in Western Australia's Busselton Margaret River Cricket League while Rika, a former Fiji cricket captain, has developed potential in his coaching career.

"It is fantastic for Joe (Rika) to be slotted in as assistant coach. He just retired recently so this is a good learning opportunity for him while assisting head coach Rarua Dikana of PNG."

The ACCC will be held in Canberra from January 7 to 14.

The ACCC will feature teams made up of players from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The EAP side will also have the honour of attending the Prime Minister's XI match at the conclusion of the tournament.