12 Teams for Daveta Tour­ney

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Source: Ven­tures Hockey Feed­back: oseab@fi­jisun.com.fj

Hockey clubs around the coun­try are gear­ing up to play at the three-day Va­lerie Daveta Memo­rial Tour­na­ment at the Na­tional Hockey Cen­tre in Suva start­ing to­mor­row. The tour­na­ment will also mark the 24th anniversary of one of Fiji Hockey Fed­er­a­tion’s most influential play­ers who in many ways shaped and de­vel­oped the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in the sport. Twelve teams have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion and the com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to be tough with all teams out to de­throne de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Ven­tures (women) and Stingers (men).

“With com­pe­ti­tions and the re­duc­tion in game time, com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways stiffer,” said Ali­son Southey, the Ven­tures coach. “All clubs have the same goal and that is to come out and play hard to win” Ven­tures women have held the ti­tle for eight years in a row and have com­mit­ted in­tense prepa­ra­tion to hold on to their ti­tle. Aid­ing in the de­fence will be Fiji reps Tiara Dutta, Cather­ine Fabi­ano, Max­ine Browne, Asi­nate Blake and Tessa Har­man. In the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, the Stingers will be the team to beat, how­ever they have no in­ten­tion of let­ting go of their ti­tle. “We un­der­stand that wins don’t hap­pen overnight but are con­fi­dent that with our ex­pe­ri­ence and drive, we can cause some up­sets,” said Coach Shaun Cor­rie. Laced with na­tional reps Jerome Ed­wards, Ter­rence Cor­rie and Kr­ristofer Mock, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are also keen to ex­pose their young play­ers to this level of com­pe­ti­tion.

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