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Fijians to play Tonga in warm-up

Arin Kumar
Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE AFL Fiji Vonu Women's squad will play a warm-up match against Tonga before they compete in the AFL International Cup 2014 (IC14) in Australia.

The national women's and men's side left the country on Thursday for the competition which begins today (Sunday).

Women's coach Maxwell Wolfgramm said they really needed some tune-up games before the actual competition.

"This is the first international competition for these girls and they are almost ready for the challenge but we need a match against an international side to actually see how they adapt to game situation," he said.

"We have been having games apart from training so we are well aware of the areas we need improvement in but we haven't actually played a national side so we don't know where we stand.

"A warm-up game or two before the competition would not only help us identify our weaknesses but also give the girls the confidence they need to the tournament."

The Fiji Vonu side will face Canada, USA 1 and 2 and defending champions The Islands.

"We face The Islands in our first match and that should be a tough game.

"We play Tonga in a warm-up game when we get there so that should be a good build-up for us and it would boost the confidence levels of the girls before they play the defending champions."

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