AFL Fiji heads for national selection for Aust champs

THE Australian Football League Fiji will be selecting the national men’s and women’s team to compete in a competition in Australia in August.

The AFL Fiji secretary and co-coordinator Siteri Tadrau said it was an exciting time for players.

“In the next two weeks we will be selecting the men’s and the women’s national team of 40 member squad for men and then the squad will be trimmed down to 25,” she said.

“The response from the women are very huge this year though they had busy scheduled with their work and families but still they decided to come and play AFL.

“The interest have grown immenselyw from last year which is a good sign.”

The 2017 AFL season was launched on Saturday with now the competition would be known as Powerade Cup after Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji Limited came on board to sponsor the competition.

“Our coach Simmon Highfield will look at the players and try to select the fittest players from the competition and get the players ready for the competition,” she added.

“The competition will be very tough and it is like a world cup where teams from all over the world will compete.

AFL is being played widely in Australia.

“We are looking forward to making the competition more professional.”

The International Cup will be played from August 15-19 in Australia.

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