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AFL battle

Pravin Narain
Thursday, February 16, 2017

THE Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji will start their 2017 footy season on Saturday.

AFL Fiji development officer Simon Highfield said they were looking forward to a big season.

"With the season launch beginning on Saturday it's going to be our biggest and best season. Defending champions Raiwaqa Roos is looking strong again. It is going to be an interesting season," he said.

"However, AFL Fiji needs more local support in order to make the season successful. We are asking local businesses or families looking to get involved in AFL to come and help assist, either financially or physically. We are looking to strengthen and broaden the AFL Fiji family ahead of the International Cup in August."

Highfield said they would be sending two teams from Fiji to compete in Australia.

"Fiji is sending the men's and women's national teams to Melbourne in August to compete in the International Cup.

"It is the biggest event on the AFL calendar internationally, with over 30 countries competing, and both Fijian teams are going to be extremely competitive.

"The season will act as trials for the best players to get selected in the preliminary squad, before a squad of 25 players is selected to travel and represent their country.

"In 2014, the women finished fifth and the men tenth, so we will be aiming to beat previous results."








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