August 13, 2007


Fiji gear up for 2007 South Pacific Games

Will Luke

Fiji have been forced to move their training from Albert Park as they gear up for this year's South Pacific games.

“This would be good because the weather is hot and of course the venue for training is the main thing.”

The 14-member team consists of five players that went down in the final to Papua New Guinea in the 2003 South Pacific Games. Fiji has been denied three times the gold medal, always settling for silver but this year, Vosaicake said gold was their main agenda.

“We are tired of settling for second best. This team has prepared well and the recent international meets has helped in our buildup for Samoa.”

Only two players, Sakaraia Lomani and Filimoni Vuli will be making their debut. The side has experience from the EAP Championship, Vanuatu Bilateral and World Cup qualifiers.

Their toughest challenge is coping with 50 overs instead of 30 overs, normally played in the local club games.

“It is a challenge for us. Most of our players have experience in 50 overs and we have been training to accommodate that but it is not tough, it can be done.”

[via Fijilive]

The matches begin next Monday on August 27. A full schedule can be found at SportingPulse.


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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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