Fi­jian teams in for a tough bat­tle

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Fi­jian Black and Fi­jian White will fea­ture in the Cen­tral Zonal Beach Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship men’s semi-fi­nals at the Smug­glers Cove Re­sort in Nadi this morn­ing.

Fi­jian Black con­sist­ing of Malai Tuifa­galele and Ray­mond Stod­dart Jnr take on Aus­tralia in the open­ing clash. In the sec­ond semi-fi­nal Fi­jian White com­bi­na­tion of Qilu El­liot and Inia Korowale face Moha Mea cap­tained-PNG side in what is dubbed to be a thriller.

Fiji coach Waisake Raratabu is con­fi­dent de­spite the fact they are go­ing against the two top teams in Ocea­nia.

He added that this will be a great test for his play­ers be­fore the Ocea­nia show­down that starts tomorrow. “The boys are in good form set­ting the plat­form well and show­ing what they have learnt over the one-month pe­riod in camp,” the for­mer na­tional rep said.

“It is good to see that two of the teams have qual­i­fied to the semi-fi­nals and it will be a great show­down against Aus­tralia and PNG re­spec­tively.” Tour­na­ment com­mis­sioner James Sum­mer said the com­pe­ti­tion is get­ting in­tense. He added that he was over­whelmed with the way the Fi­jian teams have played in the tour­na­ment. The men’s fi­nal of the Eastern Zone sees New Zealand take on Cook Is­lands.

In the women’s fi­nal Aus­tralia face Van­u­atu while in the play­off Fi­jian White (Claire De­lai/ Ili­seva Ratu­dina) take on PNG.

The play­off semi-fi­nal loser 1 and loser semi-fi­nal 2 bat­tle will be at 11am.

Re­sults: (Women) Van­u­atu 2-0 Fi­jian White, PNG 0-2 Aus­tralia, Aus­tralia 2-0 Tu­valu, Van­u­atu 2-0 Fi­jian Blue, Fi­jian Black 2-1 Tu­valu. (Men) Fi­jian White 0-2 Aus­tralia, Tu­valu 2-0 Solomon Is­lands, Cook Is­lands 2-0 Fi­jian Blue, Fi­jian Black 2-1 Tu­valu A, PNG 2 – 1 Tu­valu, NZ 2-1 Fi­jian Black. Edited by Leone Cabenat­bua

PNG take on Van­u­atu in the women’s Cen­tral play­off at Smug­glers Cove Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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