Vanuatu Hockey under18 a representing the country in youth olympic game

VANUATU’S Under 18 hockey teams have arrived back from their tournament in PNG, bringing home two silver medals from the men’s and women’s Youth Olympic Qualifier in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Both of the teams have qualified for the Youth Olympics to be held in October in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On their arrival at the international Airport in Port Vila, they were greeted by their families, friends and relatives waiting to welcome them back home with hugs and salusalu.

“We have had great support from our major sponsor Wan Smol Bag Theatre over the years and couldn’t have done it without their help,” said a team member.

“We also send thanks to all of our other supporters – Capitol FM107, Azure Pure Water, Fit for Life gym, Accelerating Hockey Performance, VASANOC & Olympic Solidarity.”

The team of boys and girls along with their families then made a quick stop at VASANOC Haus to have a little refreshment and also to hear a small speech from the VASANOC CEO Henry Tavoa.

Mr Tavoa told the teams that on behalf of the president and executive for VASANOC Haus, he was very glad, happy and proud of the team’s great achievement in PNG.

“When the tournament gets tough we will toughen up more,” he told the young Vanuatu Hockey teams.

During their stay in PNG the women team of 8 players played their first match against PNG which they won 5-2. Their second match was up against a team from Solomon Island and again they won by a score of 3-2, but with their last match against Australia they lost with a tough score of 30-0.

“The Australian team is a strong team that we played against in our last game of the tournament; our girls found it difficult to block the goals that the Australian team was scoring,” said the head girl and goal keeper of the women’s team, Melody Naline.

“I say this because the Australian team won the game with their tough skills of flicking the ball and that’s what made their team win the match.

She said that when they had their break during the games, she gave them positive advice and listened to the players and encouraged them to perform their best.

She said when they are up against other teams they try to perform up to the best of their ability in winning a medal for Vanuatu.

“Hockey is a good sport for the youth of Vanuatu to be involved in more, as it can help and also allow them to travel around the Pacific and other countries.”

“Before we play against other teams I will always have a talk with the boys that, when we get into the tournament we must not get angry at each other when we make mistakes but we have to work together in beating the other hockey teams,” said the boys captain Joseph John.

The boys’ hockey team won two matches, one against the Solomon Islands with a score of 5-1 and the other against PNG with a score of 5-1, before they lost to Australia 20-0.

The teams are back in Port Vila not only with silver medals for Vanuatu but also with a greater goal to train harder for their next tournament in Argentina at the Youth Olympic Games which will take place from October 8.


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