Fijian women seal their place in Round 2 in impressive style
The women’s national team of Fiji have won the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament in Suva, brushing off the challenges of Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu to seal their place in Round 2. Fiji finished the tournament with a maximum of nine points from their three games, emulating the success of their male counterparts, who also won through to the second phase of the World League earlier this week. (More information about the men’s competition can be found by clicking here.)
The team from the host nation were in fine form all week, scoring 43 goals and conceding just twice in their three matches. A 17-1 win against international debutants Vanuatu was followed by thumping victories over Papua New Guinea (12-0) and Samoa (14-1).
Papua New Guinea finished in second place with five points to their name, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Vanuatu and penalty shoot-out win against Samoa. The Samoans were one place ahead of Papua New Guinea in the FIH World Rankings at 60.
Despite losing all of their matches, it was an extremely positive tournament debut for Vanuatu, who improved with each match they played. After their heavy loss against Fiji, the first timers lost 4-1 to Samoa and 3-0 to Papua New Guinea but gained invaluable tournament experience which will serve to enhance their development as a competing international nation.
The competition in Suva will was the sixth women’s World League Round 1 event to take place this year following tournaments in Czech Republic (Prague), Accra (Ghana), Kuantan (Malaysia), Vienna (Austria) and Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago). Fiji join Belarus, Italy, Scotland, Czech Republic, Ghana, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Canada, Uruguay and Trinidad & Tobago in in the second phase.
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.
More information about both the men’s and women’s tournaments can be found at the links below.
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