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Dutta siblings handful for opponents on Day 1

June 28, 2016

The Dutta siblings of Leevan (Fiji men’s) and Tiara (Fiji women’s) were a handful for their opponents on the first day of the Hockey World League Round 1 matches for Oceania teams at the Fiji National Hockey Centre in Suva, Fiji.

Leevan scored a total of 15 goals as favourites Fiji amassed 26 and conceded five goals against Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

However, Fiji's first match against Tonga, the new kids on the block of Hockey World League set the pace for some thrilling encounters.

The hosts as usual performed their version of the Fijian war cry 'cibi' and were matched by their Tongan counterparts with the 'Ikale Tahe' challenge.
And much to the surprise of the small morning crowd and the Fijian team it was the Tongans who drew first blood in just the opening minute.
Although outscored 8-2 at the end of 20 minutes of play, the Tongan goals gave hope to PNG and Solomons.
 
Fiji struggled against PNG in the first half of their match and were held 1 all at the breather.
Striker Leevan scored two of his three in this match to see Fiji through to 4 goals to 2 at the end.

Fiji cruised past Soloman Islands with a 14-1 victory with the in-form Leevan scoring 7 goals.

The only other unbeaten team in the men's is the impressive Vanuatu side, which defeated Tonga 6-0 and PNG 5-3.

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