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Ventures reigns in hockey

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE Ventures men's and women's hockey sides respectively retained their titles at the Valerie Manueli-Daveta Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

The men's side came from behind to defeat Marist 3-1 in the final to retain their title for the eight consecutive year while their women's side defeated Stingers 1-0 in the final to retain the title for the ninth year in a row.

Men's captain Tevita King said they anticipated a tough final after defeating Stingers 1-0 in the semi-final at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

"The final was very tough and it was a really good style of hockey that the Marist team played," King said.

"So we played our own simple and fast hockey to get those goals and I would like to thank the players for their efforts and our sponsors FMF and FSSL for their support."

For the women's final, it was a Myra Tora goal that allowed Ventures to keep the title for another year.

Team captain Alison Southey said they played their hearts out in the final.

"It was the final and both sides were really good in their games, in fitness and skills," she said.

The tournament is held annually in memory of Valerie Manueli-Daveta who passed away in 1993.

She was Fiji Hockey Federations first national hockey administrator and played a vital role in the development of hockey at primary, secondary and senior levels.

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