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Aussies bring out the best in Fijian side

Defending champions Australia Country bounced back from a mid-week loss to Fiji in round-robin play of the Oceania Pacific Cup competition to show their true class against a gutsy Fijian outfit in gold medal playoff on the final day of the week-long hockey tourney in Suva.
Australia held on by the skin of their teeth to win 7-5, after a convincing first half display of precision and class as they led 5-1.more

OPC win Christmas gift to Fiji

The Fijian women’s hockey team presented the host nation a Christmas present by winning the OPC final 2-1 against defending champions Australia as Cyclone Evan boars down on the country.
A jubilant Fijian coach Shaun Corrie remarked to the girls after the final hooter “this is our present to Fiji and to our families.”more

PNG men take fight to Maori

Papua New Guinea men’s hockey team captain Andrew Potuan praised the fighting spirit in his side as they scored five goals against favourites New Zealand Maori in the bronze medal playoff in the Oceania Pacific Cup at the National Hockey Center in Suva.
Although the Kiwis won 9-5, Potuan was close to tears saying “my boys they got the fighting spirit, that’s what a captain wants.”more

Maori women win bronze

The New Zealand Maori women’s team return home from the Oceania Pacific Cup competition after a lackluster 10 nil drubbing of the Papua New Guinea side.
The PNG side looked tired and lethargic after giving their all in yesterday’s World League Round One final against Fiji.more

Fijians putting their bodies on the line against Aussies

The Fijian men’s and women’s teams are determined to give it their all in the final of the Oceania Pacific Cup at the National Hockey Center in Suva.
Australia Country is the defending champions in both the men and women’s categories.
“We invite the rest of Fiji to come and support us tomorrow, we’ll put our bodies on the line,” said Fiji men’s coach Hector Smith of the final against Australia Country.more

Dutta bags five in league final

Striker Leevan Dutta was the toast of the Fijian men’s team in the final of the FIH World League Round One final against Papua New Guinea at the National Hockey Center in Suva, Fiji.
The Suva based player who’s played competitively in Australia scored five goals to give Fiji a resounding 12 nil win against a Papua New Guinea in the gold medal playoff and earned Fiji a trip to Round Two of the World League in India in February.more

Fiji Women finish on top after World League Round 1

Fiji finished 1st after Women’s World League Round 1 after beating Papua New Guinea by 5 goals to nil.more

For pride and country

Samoa Women were able to win bronze in a 3rd place playoff match set by Oceania Hockey after Women’s World League Round 1. They defeated Vanuatu 2-1 in extra time.more

Fiji Women aiming to win top honours

Fiji Women were in impressive form beating Samoa 14-1 in the last game of Day 5 of competition.
Just like their male counterparts, they are set to play in the 1st-2nd World League final playoff tomorrow (Friday) as well as the OPC gold medal playoff on Saturdaymore

PNG Men no pushover

Australia Country Men was expecting their last match before the playoffs against Papua New Guinea to be in the bag, but the Papua New Guinea showed that they wouldn't go down without having a say about it.
Australia Country 8 – Papua New Guinea 2more

Walk in the park for NZ Maori girls

New Zealand Maori Women defeated Papua New Guinea 10-0 in the 3rd game of Day 6, the last day before the finals playoffs begin tomorrow.more

Vanuatu Men put up tough fight against NZ Maori

On paper the match between Vanuatu men and NZ Maori would all be one-way traffic but the match proved to be much more than that. NZ Maori though winning the match with 11 goals, Vanuatu surprisingly didn't take it lying down scoring 2 of their own.
NZ Maori Men 11 – Vanuatu 2more

Newbies Vanuatu Women have a lot to learn

Australia Country Women convincingly beat Vanuatu 17-0. Australia Country kept the Ni-Vans in their own half for most of the match and it was evident that the Vanuatu Women, being their first OPC tournament, have a lot to learn.more

Day Five Recap

Review of all the action of Day 5 of competitionmore

Papua New Guinea Women secure second victory

Papua New Guinea Women celebrated their second win in this tournament. In Wednesday’s last OPC and World League match PNG defeated Vanuatu 3-0. Vanuatu stays last in the pool and is still waiting for its first points in this competition.more

Fiji Men win by high margin

Fiji Men celebrate a 17-2 win over Vanuatu

Fiji Men cemented their top position in World League as well as in Oceania Pacific Cup. Leaving Vanuatu no chance the tournament hosts took away a 17-2 victory. This result was the highest margin in Men’s competition this year so far.more

Dr Mitchell part of Adelaide Uni’s Team of the Century

The official opening of the Hockey World League Series in Suva last night had its memorable side events and one of it was the presentation of a medal and a set of pictures from yester- years to Fiji Hockey Federation president Dr Robin Mitchell by the president of the Federation of International Hockey- Leandro Negre.
The explanation goes like this, the Adelaide University Hockey Club held their Centenary celebrations on the 9th June 2012 in Adelaide, South Australia.more

Fiji Women remain unbeaten

Fiji Women remain unbeaten in this competition. In Wednesday’s top match the host nation celebrated a 3-1 win after penalties against Australia Country.more

Hosts put on memorable official opening

The official opening of the Hockey World League series Round One held at the Oceania Center at the University of the South Pacific in Suva was full of pomp, colour, entertainment and lots of food and drinks.
The visiting teams, technical officials, International and Oceania Hockey Federation officials were traditionally welcomed with a ‘yaqona’ ceremony before the president of Fiji Hockey Dr Robin Mitchell welcomed the visitors and called on the International president Leandro Negre to address the gathering.
The visitors welcome and thanked the hosts for a splendid evening.
And as the words of the prayer to bless the food, players and officials were reminded that despite the rivalry on the pitch there was a lot of room for friendship during the weeklong tournament.more

Samoa Women powerless against NZ Maori attack

Samoa met Australia Country in the next Women’s OPC match. Samoa went down 6-0 to Australia Country.more

Trans-Tasman rivals put on a good show

Sunshine and clear skies greeted the beginning of match day 5, perfect setting for a crucial match for the Men’s division between NZ Maori and Australia Country. Both teams were trying to keep their hopes alive for an OPC gold medal playoff.
Australia Country took an early lead, with a 4-1 lead at half-time.
In the second-half it seemed the New Zealand Maori were going to make a surprise upset, decreasing the points difference, 4-3. But a few lapses in defence by the New Zealanders saw the Aussies taking the match 7-4.more

Leandro commends media coverage

The Oceania Hockey Federation is pleased with the media coverage given to the weeklong Hockey World League Series Round One being held at the National Hockey Center in Suva.
Federation of International Hockey president Leandro Negre and Oceania president Pam Elgar have both praised the Fijian media for covering the competition.more

Fiji women maintain impressive run

The Fiji women’s hockey team finished strongly to out muscle a determined Papua New Guinea team 12-0 and stay on course for a berth in the Fiji World League Medal playoff on Friday.
After watching the Fiji men’s team score an upset victory over favourites Australian Country in the earlier match, the Fijian women were not going to let the vocal local crowd leave the National Hockey Center disappointed.more

Character the telling factor again

The crowd was in for another thrilling, fast-paced match when the Australian Country Men took on Fiji Men.
This match just like the Fiji Men’s match yesterday against NZ Maori, went down to the wire, both teams locked 1-all at full-time. The game was decided through penalty strokes.
Fulltime: Australian Country 1 – Fiji 1. Penalty Strokes: Australian Country 1 – Fiji 3more

Australian Country Women hitting their stride

The match between Samoa Women and Australian Country was another one-sided match today.
Samoa Women managed to hold their own at first trailing by only 2 goals at half-time. But in the second half the Australian Country Women hit their stride racking up a total of 12 points.
Australian Country Women 12 – Samoa Women 0more

Mother Nature's fury not enough to stop New Zealand rampage

PNG Men had to face off with New Zealand Maori Men in the 2nd match of Day 4.
From the beginning of the match New Zealand took a commanding lead successfully scoring 4 goals before the break.
Just as players were heading into the tunnel a tempestuous storm hit which threatened to cancel any further play.
However the rain did let up enough for the game to resume, and despite PNG being able to run in 2 goals of their own, NZ Maori Men were too good, running away with the victory.
NZ Maori Men 7 - PNG Men 2more

Photographers receive prize from ONOC president

The prize for best picture on Day 1 and 2 of the Hockey World League Series Round One in Suva was given by Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) and Fiji Hockey president Dr Robin Mitchell at the National Hockey Center.
The first day’s winner was Fiji Times photographer- Jonacani Lalakobau and day two winner was freelancer- Kirk Corrie.
They each received fifty dollars each.
The best picture will be sent to the Federation of International Hockey and also entered for the Fiji Sports Award next month.more

NZ Maori Women thrashing

Day 4 began with the Women of Vanuatu taking on the NZ Maori Women. It was a one-sided affair as the NZ Maori were too good for the Vanuatu team managing to score 9 goals by half time, the Ni-Vans not able to offer any reply of their own.
The New Zealanders went on to score 7 more goals to win the match 16-0.more

Fijians show character against Maoris

Fiji 5, New Zealand Maori 4 (penalty shootout)
The Fijian men’s team was not going to let the New Zealand Maoris go unchallenged in the traditional ‘haka’ as the locals performed their version of the Fijian ‘cibi’ simultaneously that had the crowd cheering for both teams.
This set the stage for what was to unfold in a high scoring and entertaining match.more

Heavy rain delays match

By the beginning of the 3rd match of Day 3 between Samoa Women and Vanuatu Women, the heavens had opened up and it began to rain cats and dogs. The turf was inundated with water and the match was delayed when officials deemed the turf unfit for play.
Play got underway as soon as the rain abated a little and it proved to be a thrilling match to watch. It became a question of who could adapt best to the wet conditions.
Samoa 4 - Vanuatu 1more

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PNG Men beat Vanuatu

2nd Men’s World League match which was played between Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
It was a tightly contested match with both teams looking for their first win of their respective campaigns.
But Papua New Guinea played with a bit more edge having lost their first World League match to Fiji yesterday 7-0.
They managed to come up with an emphatic win.
Papua New Guinea 1 - Vanuatu 0more

Hearty performance secure 2nd win for Fiji Women

3rd Day of competition began with women’s match between Fiji and the New Zealand Maori.
Due to a bit of rain the turf was in tip-top condition for some good hockey.
NZ Maori Women were out to notch their first win of the Oceania Cup. Tiredness began to seep in during the second half especially for the Fiji Team who had played against the Vanuatu team yesterday afternoon. But despite the New Zealanders’ best efforts the Fiji team managed to score the only goal, holding out till the full time siren to win the match 1-0.more

Young Vanuatu side score against Fiji women

Newcomers Vanuatu women taught the Hockey World League Series Pacific Round One favourites Fiji not to rest on their laurels when their tails are up.
The Fijian side was 15 nil up when they let their guard down and allowed Vanuatu to score a classic lone goal against the run of play.more

Vanuatu impress against Aussies

The Vanuatu men’s hockey team played a gutsy game to restrict the much fancied Australian Country side to only three second half goals.
The Aussies eventually won 9-1.
Vanuatu coach/player Peter Robinson had a lot of praise for his side.
“We arrived just half hour before the game and played well against Australia. We even scored one against Australian Country,” said Robinson.more

Fiji Men win first match

Fiji Men secure their first win in their opening match against Papua New Guinea under the early morning humidity at the National Hockey Centre.more

Fiji Men out to main clean sweep

The Hector Smith Senior coached team will expect a strong challenge from rivals
Papua New Guinea.....more

Papua New Guinea all set to take on Fiji Men

In today's opening match Pacific rivals Papua New Guinea men meet Fiji under spectacular sunny Suva weather conditions....more

Day One Recap

Review of Day One action of The Oceania Cup 2012 and Round One of the World League.more

Penalty strokes decide 1st World League Women's match

The first match of the much anticipated World League was between Papua New Guinea Women and Samoa Women.
The teams were evenly matched with both sides not being able to capitalize on opportunities to produce goals.
The score was nil all at full time, which led to penalty strokes which Papua New Guinea won 3-0.
Fulltime score: Samoa 0 – PNG 0. Penalty Strokes: Samoa 0 – PNG 3more

Spirited performance despite rain

Heavy rain couldn’t dampen a spirited performance by both the NZ Maori Men and the Fiji President’s XI team in the first Men’s match of the tournament
NZ Maori Men were thoroughly tested by the Fiji President’s side. New Zealand took an early lead in the first half but lost their lead when the Fiji President’s hit back with 2 goals of their own. But in the dying stages of the game, led by coach and former Olympian, David Kosoof, NZ Maori Men were able to pull back 2 goals to win the match.

NZ Maori Men 3- Fiji President’s XI 2more

Oceania Cup 2012 begins with Australia win

First day of the Oceania Cup got off to an electrifying start with the Australian Country Women taking on the New Zealand Maori Women.
Under sweltering heat the Australian Country side was able to come away with an impressive win.
Australian Country 3 NZ Maori 0more

Ready to Make Your Mark?

Less than a week to go!
Preparations are on track as teams will start arriving in Suva early this week.
In line with the tournament motto "Make Your Mark", over 50 volunteers will be making theirs over the next two weeks as they endeavour to deliver a memorable event.more
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Day Eight Matches - OPC FInals

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Saturday December 15th, 2012

OPC Finals Day

9.00am

Women's Oceania Pacific Cup -

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

NZ Maori   10 def  PNG  0

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11.00am

Men's Oceania Pacific Cup -

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

NZ Maori  9 def  PNG 5

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1.00pm

Women's Oceania Pacific Cup -

GOLD MEDAL MATCH

Fiji  2 def Aust. Country 1

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3.00pm

Men's Oceania Pacific Cup -

GOLD MEDAL MATCH

Aust. Country 7 def Fiji  5

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