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B'ball looks for players

Emoni Narawa
Saturday, July 05, 2014

BASKETBALL Fiji is still interested to recruit more players for the FIBA under-19 Oceania Championship in December.

Today, an open trials will be conducted at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva where any interested player in the Central Division is invited to display his or her skills that could be essential for the national U19 teams.

The national U19 women's team will be coached by Fiji rep Dale Wise, and will be assisted by Seini Dobui Samson. Dale was part of the women's team at the Oceania Championship in Poirarua, New Zealand last year.

The boys U19 team will be under the guidance of former national rep Peni Ratumaiyale who coached the U16 side that toured Brisbane in 2012.

The national coaches will be present at the trials to identify more talents for the upcoming event.

"This is going to be the first FIBA U19 Oceania event to be held in Fiji," said Apisai Naitini, the Basketball Fiji official.

He said they would name about 20 players after the trials.

"This is only for players in the area around Suva. The West trial will be held next week before our combined trial. In September, we will name the final team for the Oceania meet."

The trials will start at 8am.

The Oceania Championship will be held in Fiji on December 1 to 8.

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