Fiji was the strongest side among the men at the R1 event in Suva
Fiji was the strongest side among the men at the R1 event in Suva

Host Fiji earned the last men’s berth into the Hockey World League Round 2 after thrashing Vanuatu 17-2 in the final game of the three-team round robin tournament held in Suva, Fiji. There is also a women’s tournament being held this week in Fiji and the winner of that will become the final team to qualify for Round 2 of the World League.

It was clear from the first game that the host nation was the team to beat. Fiji easily topped Papua New Guinea, 7-0, in opening day action. The second day saw a thriller between eventual runner up Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu with Papua New Guinea coming out on top of a close 1-0 affair.

That game must have cost Vanuatu too much energy as Fiji decimated them on the last day of the men’s tournament, climbing out to an amazing 9-1 lead at the half and pouring in another eight goals in the second-half to bring the final to 17-2.

The Hockey World League Round 2 begins on January 21 when Cape Town, South Africa will host six women’s team in a Round Robin event. In total, there will be eight Round 2 tournaments, four women’s and four men’s. Each tournament will have a six-team round robin format. The dates and participating teams will be finalized shortly.