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Fiji women learn a lot despite losing second match

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, December 21, 2013

DESPITE going down twice to the visiting Australian Country side, the Fiji High Performance Unit women's team remains adamant of it chances in the three Test match series.

Fiji lost 0-1 in the previous two matches at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala and hopes to turn the tables in the final match today at 11am.

The Fiji HPU and Australian Country men's clash was called off yesterday following heavy rain and lightning.

Fiji men's team won the opening Test match 2-1 on Thursday.

Women's team manager Maxine Brown said the series was a good learning experience for the side which had young and upcoming players.

She said these players had potential to become better with time.

"Our objective was to play together as a team," Brown said.

"I think the girls did that very well. They connected their passes and attacked more in Australians defence

"But unfortunately Australia scored in the first four minutes of the game when the girls were trying to settle down."

Brown said they would work on their weak links to ensure the side finished high in the final match today.

She thanked International Master coach Doctor Burt Bunnik and former national skipper Allison Southey for their support.

"We know what we have to work on. We have to keep working together as a team and obviously put away goals," Brown said.

"There are a lot of new girls in this team compared to previous team and I think they are picking up really well.

"They are gaining experience and learning everything from this touring team which has been really helpful."