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Australian tour recap by the NT coach - Aug 7, 2007

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The Solomon Islands men national team made a tour in Australia to prepare the upcoming South Pacific Games. Here is the tour recap by the team coach.
source: SIBF

"The tour consisted of a number of training sessions at a first class basketball facility and a total of 6 matches. The matches were located both in Coffs Harbour and also as far as 2 hours drive when we visited Port Maquarie to play their State League Senior Mens Basketball Team.
The overall result for the Mens Squad was 5 wins and 1 loss. This was an outstanding achievement when looking at the size and strength of the teams we played. The majority of the matches were against much taller and much physically stronger men. This was a good test for the squad which has a large number of young players who are still growing and developing.
There is no doubt in my mind that the training the team had done so far greatly assisted the results that were achieved. All players worked together to play as a team to overcome obstacles, which was impressive. The squad also showed a very strong attitude of never giving up as they continued to play and work hard no matter what the score was. This was especially a factor in the last game we played when we played the State League Champions, Grafton. Despite losing by as many as 11 points in the 3rd quarter, the team played hard and eventually came out winners at the end of the match.
The tour was formatted with a game and training session on most days, which was similar to how the tournament at the South Pacific Games is structured. This proved for an ideal preparation, as it was a mentally and physically demanding program which tested all athletes.
There were also some injuries throughout the tour which tested the team. In the first game Junior Gwali injured his ankle and missed the following 2 games. In the second game Allan Wane injured his ankle and was unable to play for the remainder of the tour. Although it was disappointing to suffer injuries, it was also a challenge for other members of the team to step up and take responsibility.
Waige Turueke was outstanding throughout the tour. His shooting, rebounding, defence and fitness were all excellent. He was the team's top scorer for the tour and plays a valuable role. It is clear to me that his time in U.S.A. has been valuable and worthwhile.
We were also fortunate enough to have Anthony Prince join the squad in Coffs Harbour. He paid his own fare to join the squad and participate in the tour. Anthony was a valuable addition to the squad. Standing 6 foot 3 inches tall with a wide body, he was an excellent addition, especially because height is one area that the squad is lacking. His worth was proven when Allan was injured and it was left to Leon Hatigeva, Moses Au, Timothy Goulolo and Anthony Prince to carry the load in the Centre and Forward positions."

Solomon Islands 72 def Coffs Christian College 39
Solomon Islands 105 def Coffs Harbour State League 91
(Waige Turueke 24pts, Alexander McFadden 14pts, Allan Wane 12pts)
Port Maquarie State League 86 def Solomon Islands 79
(Waige Turueke 38pts)
Solomon Islands 51 def John Paul College 30 (short game)
Solomon Islands 79 def Coffs Harbour State League 72
(Waige Turueke 20pts, Moses Au 10pts)
Solomon Islands 64 def Grafton State League 56
(Waige Turueke 33pts)

Moses Au
Moses Kivo
George Fafale
Allan Wane
Waige Turueke
Scaden Tesua
Jr. Hilton Gwali
Mark Mataki
Timothy Goulolo
Davison Toliliu
Augustine Basia
Frank Kivo
Anthony Prince  

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