Forming Bonds with Casuarina Hockey club, QLD Australia.

Casuarina Hockey Club has been instrumental in assisting Vanuatu Under 21 Men’s team to win a bronze medal at the recent Oceania Junior World cup qualifiers held on the Gold Coast. The Tweed based club billeted the players and officials for 8 days. It was an outstanding exercise in the development of friendship between two vastly different groups of people. The players were able to train and play practice matches in the tournament lead up. Whilst not yet a match for the likes of Australia and New Zealand, the team was able to defeat PNG for the first time ever in the medal round. The families provided beds, meals, a trip to Currumbin Sanctuary, a visit to an Aussie school and a big celebration party. The host families were very much enriched by the experience and there is a move to continue the relationship.

The team was also very well supported by the NSW North Coast Academy of Sport in Grafton, and particularly Benn Webb from Port Macquarie. With the help of people all over Australia, the team took home over 400kgs of donated equipment.



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Preparations are under way for Oceania Intercontinental cup in Sydney Australia.The Mens team will be hoping to go more better than the silver they won at last year in world league round 1! Team to be announced soon! Hopefully both Men and Women team will be competed in the tournament.

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