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Fiji names team for South Pacific Games - May 24, 2007

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Fiji Basketball named a 12-player team for the upcoming South Pacific Games in Samoa, this tournament will be a major event for fijian basketball. If Fiji is the best elligible country in this tournament, the team will be invited to play in the 2007 Oceania Championships against Australia and New Zealand with a qualification for the Beijing Olympics up-for-grabbs.
source: Fiji times

"Australia has already qualified for the Olympics as [World] champions so we need to beat American Samoa and at least be placed second in the [Oceania Championships] playoffs," head coach Michael Whippy said.
Meanwhile, development squad members Brittany Hazelman and Leilani Saukawa have been named in the 12-member team to the Samoa Games.
"These two girls join the ten players that won the gold medal in Palau and this trip will be a great exposure and experience for them," Whippy said.
He said the two development players were selected for each position, forward and the guard.
"They're young developing players that have blended in quite well with the rest of the players," Whippy said.
Overseas-based Valerie Nainima and Mikaelar Whippy, who play in the United States of America will join the team next month.
"We've been training three times a week where the girls have a day at the court, workout at the Hyundai Gym and tracks on Saturdays," he said.
Whippy said the best team has been named and remains optimistic of a positive outing in Apia. Palau skipper Batiri Thaman and Dale Wise are tipped to lead the team to the upcoming outing.

Fiji national team for South Pacific Games:
Letava Whippy (173-G/F-91)
Mareta Mani
Loma Mataika
Elenoa Naivalurua
Valerie Nainima (165-G)
Mikaelar Whippy (G-86)
Seini Dobui (163-G-83)
Batiri Thaman
Sera Colata (F)
Dale Wise (C)
Brittany Hazelman
Leilani Saukawa

Michael Whippy

Aggie Sokosoko
Cecelia Oliver
Hannah Tuikoro
Joana Lesi  

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