Kiwis ready for clash

WITH a combination of youth and some veteran players, the New Zealand men’s volleyball team is eager to stamp their mark in the week-long 2016 World Qualifying and Zonal Volleyball Championships which starts in Suva today.

Hitting the Vodafone Arena in a blow-out session yesterday, head coach Colin Redpath said they were very excited to be a part of the tournament.

“We saw the live streaming of the Oceania tournament and we are pleased to be a part of a few games over here,” Redpath said.

He said they had been camping for few weeks in New Zealand to prepare for the championship.

“Probably four weeks ago most of these players were playing against each other in our club national, so it’s been a bit of a gap since we’ve played a bit of volleyball. We are looking to improve as the week goes on.”

He said their current group of players would also be representing NZ in the upcoming world cup qualifiers.

“They are a good bunch of guys and what’s nice is that we are bringing on developing players who are coming through our junior programs. We have some youths and some experienced old players,” he said.

The competition is set to begin at 10am in the Vodafone Arena at Laucala Bay, today.

Draws today:

World Qualifying and Zonal Championship

Date: October 24 – 29.

Women: Pool: Fiji White, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji Blue.

Men: Pool 1: New Zealand, Fiji Blue, Solomon Islands, Fiji Red. Pool 2: Fiji White, Tonga, Cook Is. Men: Men -World Qualifying: NZ, Fiji, Tonga.

Draws today: Monday, Oct 24: Zonal draws: 9am – 12noon: Opening ceremony, 12noon – 2pm, 1 New Zealand vs Fiji Blue (Zonal men Pool 1), 2pm – 4pm: 2 Fiji White vs Solomon Island (Zonal women), 4pm – 6pm: 3 Solomon Island vs Fiji Red (Zonal man P1), 6pm – 8pm: 4 Fiji White vs

Tonga (Zonal -men P2). Teams on bye: Men – Cook Is & women – Cook Is & Fiji Blue

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