Women’s hockey grabs gold

IT was in 2007 when the women’s hockey was last played in the Pacific Games and Fiji were champions there and now eight years later, the Fiji women are champions again.

Fiji beat hosts Papua New Guinea 9-4 to win the gold medal play-off.

The PNG team and its large and loud supporters did not upset the rhythm of the Fiji women’s team who held onto their nerves to win the game.

The Fiji women marshalled by captain Catherine Thaggard and Maxine Browne led the young girls well as only they had previous games experience, others were first-timers to the Pacific Games.

Thaggard said a gold medal win was an indescribable feeling.

“I feel so happy that we have won it, eight years after hockey returned to the Pacific Games,” she said.

“In 2007, it was my first Pacific Games and I scored the winning goal in extra time for Fiji to win gold then. Now I have returned as the captain to lead the team to another gold medal.

“The girls played their hearts out and I am very proud of them. For us we go back and hopefully to a week’s rest and then back to training for the Oceania Games.”

* Pacific Games coverage courtesy of BSP