Erick Fa’asuia and Bently Donga has named their final hockey squads that will represent Solomon Islands in the upcoming World League Round One set to be staged in Suva, Fiji from June 27th – 3rd July 2017.
The national side’s men’s head coach Fa’asuia and Women’s team head coach Donga named their squads yesterday following months of intensive trainings here in Honiara.
Both coaches told Star Sports yesterday that the selection process was not an easy task but they managed to put together their squads which both have full confidence that will perform well in the competition.
“In fact it’s not easy to select the final squad since all the players displayed great performance,’’ Fa’asuia said.
However, Fa’asuia was able to name his squad based on player’s performance, commitment, and discipline both on and off the field.
He also encouraged those who did not make it to the final squad to continue train with the squad as chances to make it to Fiji is still open.
“Injuries might happen during our trainings or players who are not disciplined can lose their spaces as well as players who are not performing can also lose their positions ’’ he said.
For the women’s team this will be the first time Solomon Islands will participate in international competition.
“I have full confidence in my players that they will achieve best result for the country in the competition,’’ Donga said.
“To the players who did not make it to the final squad, please don’t be discourage, there are lots of opportunities coming up so keep training hard,’’ he said.
He added, the competition they will be competing in is Hockey 5s as such they only have limited spaces.
“Other competitions coming up will be Hockey 11s, thus there are opportunities for them,’’ Donga said.
Meanwhile both coaches thanked all the players for their time, effort and commitments towards the training.
They also thanked Solomon Islands Hockey Federation for their trust and confidence in appointing them as coaches for our national sides.
Meanwhile trainings for the men’s squad will commence at the Multipurpose Hall on Wednesday to Friday 6.30 to 7.30 and on Saturday and Sunday will starts at 7 am to 9am.
For women’s squad their training will commence on Wednesday to Friday at the KG hockey ground from 4pm to 6pm while on Saturday and Sunday will starts at 7am to 9am.
Men’s final squad
1. Floyd Vekebola
2. Garry Edward
3. Allen Temoa
4. Gherzon Hesi
5. Jimmy Maemae
6. Francis Sade
7. John Wesley
8. Eddie Vunagi
9. Richard Narewebu
Non travelling players
1. Junior Mahika
2. Patrick Pipia
3. Ismael Veloa
1. Cloudia Votu
2. Jasinta Ahuaaha
3. Veroniaca Ilitia
4. Roviana Manu
5. Madlyn Sikomea
6. Lyn Basi
7. Loise Wanetenia
8. Mary Usua
9. Jerimy Oliva
Non Travelling players
1. Crystal Tutukiri
2. Esmi Belo
3. Rose Gwali