National Men's middle order batsman, Makutu Seru has been selected in the ICC East Asia Pacific Team to compete in the 2018 Australian Country Championship in Western Australia from the 7th - 14th of January.
Seru caps off a stellar year following his heroics for Moce in the 2017 Easter Tournament and winning the Batsman of the Tournament at the 2017 ICC EAP tournament in Bendigo, Australia earlier this year.
"I'm honoured to represent EAP at such a strong event and I look forward to playng my part and bringing back what I learn to assist the Fiji Team", Seru mentioned.
The championship will feature the likes of heavy weights NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria and will feature shared T20 and One Day formats in Geraldton, WA.
Also joining Seru is National Men's Head Coach and High Performance Manager, Josefa Rika who will be coaching the team alongside Vanuatu Head Coach and Australian national, Shane Deitz.
Rika is an accredited Level 3 Cricket Australia Coach will be making his third appearance in the EAP side as a coach after representing the side in the Country champs as a player between 2009 - 2011.
Patrick Matautaava Vanuatu, Sese Bau PNG, Nalin Nipiko Vanuatu, Damien Ravu, Kipling Doriga PNG, Wesley Viraliliu Vanuatu, Joshua Rasu Vanuatu, Nosaina Pokana, Hiri Hiri PNG, Ronald Tari Vanuatu, Jelany Chilia Vanuatu, Seru Tupou Fiji, Williamsing Nalisa Vanuatu, Trevor Langa Vanuatu.
The pair depart Fiji on the 5th of January 2017.
The Fiji national U19 side for the ICC EAP U19 World Cup qualifiers is set to be announced next month in preparation for the September event. With an underlying sense of realism that this year’s tournament will be difficult compared to 2015 campaign, the national organization on focused on building for the future.
Fiji are a long way short of matching the major cricketing nations, and will enter the qualifiers as underdogs with a much younger sided expected to be announced, particularly as only 4 players in the current squad of 23 over the age of 17.
Still, the National side is focused on working hard on their game and ensuring they are ready to compete for a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
In preparation for the qualifiers – which begin on the 5th of September and continue with double round robin matches through to the 17th – the squad will work with the Cricket Fiji High Performance Unit in Suva before the final selections are made in early June. The players will be involved in various cricket training drills, and fitness work.
“They need to get fully fit and we’ve got programs arranged for the next 2 months to make sure we achieve that,” said Joe Rika, Cricket Fiji’s High Performance Manager. “The boys have worked hard, and showed a lot of commitment, we want to make sure we get them match ready and also ensure they understand the task at hand”.
Among the group are 3 players who were members of last year’s squad to the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh where Fiji played the likes of England, West Indies and Zimbabwe to name a few.
Tuwai Yabaki, a member of the World Cup squad is expected to captain the side and has expressed his desire to help assist the younger group in achieving their goals.
“I managed to play in a World Cup when I was 16 and it was an amazing feeling to play against England and West Indies. We have a young squad and it will take them a few years but it was the same as us that qualified last year, we started in 2012 and we finally achieved our goal so I want the same for this boys”, Yabaki mentioned.
The squad marches into camp next week and is expected to depart our shores at the end of August for pre-tournament training overseas.
The Fiji Secondary Schools National Finals will take place this Saturday with 13 teams from around the country set to battle it out at Suva’s Albert Park grounds.
Tailevu, Nadi, Serua and Suva will be represented at the tournament and will see a number of national U19 squad members getting the opportunity to get some game time before final selections.
The finals will also see the return of the Girls Division following its successful debut last year. ACS will return as favorites and will face strong competition from central division strongholds, Gospel High and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School.
Cricket Fiji walked away with a Bronze medal at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby and have put in a lot of emphasis on developing the game with our female cricketers. The inaugural Secondary Schools Girls competition brought through a healthy number of players to which has carried onto domestic level successfully.
The west will also feature two schools with Nadi Sangam and Natabua High School looking to rebuild schools cricket in the western division.
Cricket Fiji, Western Development Officer, Sekove Ravoka has worked hard on reviving cricket in the west and after the success of the Nadi team at the 2017 Easter Competition, he will look at continuing their form at school’s level and eventually developing further with more schools eyed to compete in future events.
Play begins at 9:30am on Saturday and commence Tailevu power houses QVS and RKS teeing things off at Albert Park.
RSMS, John Wesley College, Dudley High School, DAV College, RKS, QVS, Tailevu North, Dawasamu High School, Natabua High School, SSKMC (Nadi), ACS, Gospel High School, Ratu Latianara College
The Fiji Sports Council Sports Camp had another successful outing last week with Cricket Fiji getting the opportunity again to join in on the fun once again.
The camp which is run during every school break has been another opportunity for Cricket Fiji to develop the sport further and assist in building the image of cricket around the country.
After the success of our women’s side at the 2015 Pacific Games where the young side walked away with Bronze, Cricket Fiji has worked on further building on the progress of women’s cricket with the establishment of 2 new domestic tournaments to assist our female cricketers.
Cricket Fiji Development Officer, Joana Lesi was present at this years camp and was happy with the enthusiasm shown by the youngsters who got to experience cricket for the first time.
“I’m impressed with the kids skill level especially for those involved in cricket for the first time. The girls showed a lot of interest and most importantly they had fun which is the key to it. I hope they continue to learn about cricket and someday join in”, Lesianawai said.
Holiday clinics have been a long time tradition for Cricket Fiji but with the establishment of the FSC Camps it has no doubt assisted in the increased number of participants in sports outside of school visitations and adding to the development of sport in the country.