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Fijians compete for games' spot

Josefa Makaba
Friday, October 13, 2017

THE national women's hockey team defeated Samoa in their third match of the Oceania final qualifying event in Australia.

The event is for Oceania teams vying for a spot in next year's Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

The top 10 Commonwealth teams by world ranking at the end of October 2017 would qualify for the Commonwealth Games hockey tournament.

The Fiji women's team was ranked 13th in the Commonwealth at the end of July, but at the end of September, Singapore and Sri Lanka had moved above them. For this week the Fiji women's team is competing in the Oceania Intercontinental 5s tournament.

Fiji started their campaign on a low note losing to Australian Country 4-2. Australian Country is an invitation side which do not qualify for ranking points. Yesterday Fiji beat Solomon Island 8-0 in their first game before they beat Samoa 6-4.

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