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Suva out to retain crown

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, December 29, 2013

THE Suva volleyball side is determined to reclaim its men's crown in the domestic competition next year.

Raiwai ruled the court this year winning the major men's competition while in the women's, Suva maintained its dominance.

Yesterday, champion Suva club Marist, and players of the Suva women's side were at the National Netball Centre preparing for the upcoming season.

Suva Volleyball Association secretary Viliame Katia said they needed to get players back in shape.

The handful of players started yesterday's training with a 2.5 kilometre run followed by a practise session before cooling off at the Damodar Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay.

"This is normally the volleyball season but just because of the festive season, the players are given time off to spend it with their friends and families," Katia said.

"This training session is just to help the players lose what they have gained from eating and drinking."

The training had most of the key players including national reps Qilu Elliot, Paula Simati, Temi Pale, Inia Korowale and Epeli Ratabacaca.

Katia was impressed with their commitment adding some of their players were tied up with work commitment and would join the team soon.

"Time is not on our side. We have the Battle of the Champions coming up in January followed by the Vulaca and then the Vanua Challenge.

"We have a young side but still have some senior players in the team.

"We still have a pretty good chance of reclaiming the titles but we will have to work hard to ensure we overcome the tough competition from other teams especially Raiwai."