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Champions to defend beach title

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 09, 2014

DEFENDING men's champions Marist head into the newly initiated Fiji Beach Volleyball League as firm favourites.

The team which won the Fiji Beach Volleyball Commission Laucala Challenger last month has the services of experienced Qilu Elliot and Epeli Ratabacaca.

Elliot and Ratabacaca defeated top favourites Waisale Suka and Waisake Raratabu in the final at the National Beach Volleyball Centre in Laucala Bay.

In the women's grade, Magics duo Mila Karisitiana and Marica Togayali will be eyeing successive wins as well to keep their winning run this season intact.

Fifteen teams are confirmed to participate in the weekly league and entry is open for other teams interested in participating.

The league is a national beach volleyball tournament series and affiliate membership program that supports existing and interested beach volleyball club members, coaches and managers.

"The league will provide a national ranking system for players competing in these weekly competitions," the commission said in a statement.

"The league will also provide a unifying platform to develop athletes and qualify junior and adult teams to the 2014 Oceania Championship, 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and some of the scheduled Asian Volleyball Confederation tournaments. The aim of this league is to 'search for talent and to grow the sport'."

The commission hopes to continue scouting for possible talent for international fixtures through this competition.

The league will begin tomorrow and run through until September 20.

In between the league, major tournaments will be scheduled and cash prizes will be up for grabs.

Registration fee for the league is $50 per team and closes on June 10.

For any further information call Varanisese Logavatu on 9225551 or Viliame Katia on 7165013.

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