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Raiwai gears up for battle

Arin Kumar
Saturday, January 04, 2014

RAIWAI volleyball coach Peni Ratumaiyale is focusing on mental preparation as his side prepares to face Suva in the Battle of the Powerhouse in two weeks' time.

The tournament has been specially created by the two associations to help with the development of the sport in their respective communities.

The tournament will be held on January 18 at the FMF Gymnasium and will feature games in the under-15, U17, U19, U21 and masters categories apart from the men's and women's competition.

Ratumaiyale said the Raiwai men's side had been training consistently for the past three weeks because they had a tough season ahead of them.

"Since we are the title holders of the three major national competitions (Vulaca, Vanua and Easter), we will need to work very hard to defend all the titles this year," he said.

"It's a tough task to defend them all but it's not impossible so we will go with a positive aim in all tournaments."

The association's first challenge will be the Battle of the Powerhouse.

"It's good that we are facing Suva in this tournament because they are the only side that is a big threat to us.

"We will use this Battle of the Powerhouse to gauge where we stand."

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