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Hockey federation names train on squad

By Taromane Martin

SOLOMON Islands will join Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga to compete for Youth Olympic Games hockey qualification in April.

The Hockey 5s qualifiers will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from April 24-27.

There are three men’s qualifying spots and two women’s qualifying spots available for Oceania at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina according to the Oceania Hockey Federation.

Solomon Islands men’s hockey team will play Vanuatu in their first match while the women’s national team will take on Fiji on April 25.

The women’s will play Tonga in their second match on April 26 while the men’s will square off with Papua New Guinea.

Final round robin matches will see Solomon Islands taking on Australia for both the women and men teams on April 27.

Meanwhile local hockey President Mr Nihal Seneviratne yesterday released the national U-18 Hockey training squad.

Seneviratne who had just returned from a visit to the Federation International Hockey (FIH) headquarters in Switzerland says both squads have been undergoing intensive training in preparation to represent the country.

“At the moment national under 18 squad training daily at King George Six High School Hockey Ground,” he said.

All the players selected for the training squad were picked from the last year’s Lowprice and Colgate hockey leagues.

UNDER 18 NATIONAL HOCKEY SQUAD SELECT

Women’s

CLAUDIA VOTU

SAMANTHA IFUNA’AU

SALLY HIRO

ALINA MAELAWA

ALISON SANGA

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REANN ALABARU

GAMASI VALTIMAY

EKOTANI ABBY

SIOSI GRACE

INDERE HOWELL

JOSEPHINE LEVO

GWEN BALE

MEN’S

REGINALD AITOREA

LINFORD TALOSUI

LESLY SATU

JOSEPH LAMASI

RALPH MASAE

GEORNA PEGO

PAUL PULE

BROOKLYN WANETENIA

PAUL LUIRAMO

BRADFORD MAURI

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