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Oceania Championship: Fiji is ready - Sep 26, 2007

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Beating Australia and New Zealand is a mammoth task for the Fiji women's basketball as they embark to securing a spot in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Michael Whippy-coached team that departed our shores in high spirits for the Olympics qualifiers in Dunedin, New Zealand this week are confident of their chances after an impressive outing in Samoa. Two teams from the Oceania region will qualify for the Olympics while the third team will have to go through another qualifying round in Europe in June next year.

"Upsetting Australia and New Zealand is definitely going to be tough but anything is possible," Whippy said. "We needed an improved performance from Samoa to boost our chances in the qualifiers and I guess the gold scoop at the SPG has lifted their confidence, There was no time for celebration for us upon our return as the girls headed back to training and now we're ready for another round of basketball,".
There is no turning back for the star studded side that retains the services of its two USA-based university reps Valerie Nainima (165-G-86) and Mickaelar Whippy. All players from the South Pacific Games gold-winning team were given visas to travel to New Zealand. A beefed up defence saw Fiji book a place in the qualifiers after edging American Samoa 70-62 in the SPG final at the Faleata Gymnasium in Apia. The Mickaelar Whippy-captained side took no chances utilising every opportunity they had and the big three pointer silenced the crowd as Sera Colata took Fiji to a 53- 40 lead in the third quarter of the game. With their mind set on a place to the qualifying tournament in New Zealand, the unbeaten Fiji side finished off winning the gold medal.
The Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament will run through this week starting today.

Fiji National Team:
Adi Lesianawai (86)
Agnes Sokosoko
Batiri Hughes
Brittany Hazelman (87)
Cecilia Oliver
Elenoa Naivalurua
Kelera Mataika
Leilani Saukawa (85)
Letava Whippy (173-G/F-91)
Mareta Mani
Mikaelar Whippy (173-F-86)
Seini Dobui (163-G-83)
Sera Colata (87)
Valeria Nainima (165-G-86)  

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