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Veitamana, Ravatu to lead Fiji U18 hockey teams

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, February 20, 2014

AMENATAVE Sam Veitamana and Lala Ravatu have been chosen to lead the Fiji under-18 men's and women's hockey teams to the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers in Vanuatu.

The qualifiers, which will be held from March 8 to 11, will feature Fiji competing against regional teams for a place in the YOG in Nanjing, China, later in the year.

Veitamana, 15, is also the second youngest in the 10-man team, who, according to his coach Anthony Newton, has great hockey talent and is a born leader on and off the field.

The Ventures Club player will be well supported in the leadership role by team vice-captain Krristofer Mock.

Both youngsters have featured for the national High Performance Unit and played in the team that was undefeated in its last outing against the Australian U21.

In the women's team, skipper Ravatu is one of the experienced players having played for the national side for the past four years.

"Lala has great vision and leadership skills and is a young lady who leads by example both on and off the field," said team coach Tai Smith.

"Lala will be assisted by vice-captain, Levuka native and St John's College Cawaci student Adi Mateiwai Naselesele."

The men's team will take on Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu in the qualifiers while the women's team will face Vanuatu and New Zealand for the top two positions.

Men's - Veitamana, Tristan Tora (Ventures), Joshua Bula Tale, David Ledua, Krristofer Mock (Stingers), Joeli Mocelutue (Hackers), Epeli Naduva, Kyle Kava, Apenisa Vatuniveivuke, Ovini Drasuna (Mates)

Women's - Kerryanne Candy, Latileta Williams, Luisa Ratumaiyale (Swami Vivekanandan College), Semantafa Samisoni (Nadi Muslim), Taraivini Bennion (Natabua), Lora Bukalidi (Gospel), Miriama Silatolu, Lala Ravatu (St Josephs), Ro Lavenia Ratumaimuri (Lelean), Adi Mateiwai Naselesele (Levuka)

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