Fiji AFL teams set for International Cup

FIJIAN players have a lot to offer to the nation in the Australian Football League Fiji says AFL Fiji chief development officer, Simon Highfield.

Fiji will field a men’s and women’s team in the 2017 International Cup in Melbourne, Australia next month.

Highfield said the players had shown a vast improvement in their performance.

“We are a developing sport in Fiji but we are growing with the number of players we are getting into the game,” he said.

“The players have worked hard focusing on the national team.

“The skills and the fitness level of the players are up and I have no doubt that we will certainly do well.”

In the Powerade Cup competition, Raiwaqa Crows will meet West Coast Eagles in the final. Highfield said the players had put up a good performance in the semi-finals.

“West Coast Eagles player Mesake Koroi was accurate in front of goal for the Eagles, proving a headache for the Nausori Cats defenders. He got good midfield delivery from Sulio Magiti and Alipate Navuso. Cats captain Nathan Wesley finished his fine season in good form, but will be disappointed his Cats could not match the top two this year and will look to 2018 to bounce back,” he said.

“Veterans Isimeli Qiolevu and Nemani Qio battled hard through the middle for the Lions, but the imposing Jiuta Vateitei kept them at bay and led his Crows from the front, with good support from Nemaia Bainimoli Waqa and Leone Maiqereqere.”

The final will be played at 1pm at Albert Park, Suva, on Saturday.

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