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Intensive training for hockey team

Anare Ravula
Thursday, May 01, 2014

PLAYERS from the Western youth hockey under-18 side have vowed to make the Fiji U18 side for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games to be held in China from August 16 - 28, 2014.

The side is undergoing intensive training under the guidance of hockey enthusiasts Fergus Underwood, Taka Newtown and Andrea Manueli.

Manueli said the team comprises of fourteen girls from Nadi and Lautoka, and two boys who were vying for a place in the national side for the Games.

"We are really working hard so the western girls can make the national youth team," Manueli said.

She added the team are utilising the South Seas Club green in their preparation because of it's location.

"Even though it's not the actual size of the ground but it's ideal enough for their training."

Manueli said South Seas Club was the ideal place to train and the committee had been very supportive of the western youth side's preparation, allowing them to utilise the greens.

There are three build-up tournaments prior to the Nanjing Games so they anticipate the girls to take part in those tournaments.

The next tournaments are the Oceania Pacific Games and SPG Games next year.

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