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Fijians win bronze in Oceania U15 baseball

Monday, February 05, 2018

BASEBALL Fiji's under-15 team returned with a bronze medal after competing for the first time at the U15 Oceania Championship in New Zealand.

The team defeated New Caledonia to win third place and a bronze medal after earlier losses to Australia and New Zealand.

Team manager Inoke Niubalavu said the championship was an eye-opener for Baseball Fiji as it was the first time that the team participated in an age-group championship.

"Our participation at the U15 Oceania Championship was the culmination of six years hard work and dedication by our athletes," he said.

Inoke said they had no expectations entering the championship.

"This was more a learning curve for Baseball Fiji and an opportunity to expose our young players to a proper baseball venue and tournament."

Inoke said the team's performance was above expectations and they as a team were not expecting much.

"Being the first time the outcome was we came third which was a bronze playoff against New Caledonia," he said.

"The boys showed a lot of improvement to win that bronze medal which is a positive sign for Baseball Fiji."

Inoke said from next month they would continue training with U12 and U18 players.

"Depending on availability, we will either send a U12 or U18 team to participate in their age group championship to be held in Guam in 2019," he said.

Meanwhile a much more experienced Australia side defeated New Zealand to earn the right to play at the 2018 Baseball U15 World Cup to be held in Panama.

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