The Fiji Women’s and Men’s Hockey teams ascended from unranked to 12th and 15th in the world, respectively, following their inaugural appearance at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman.
Their respective campaigns featured historic wins, with the women securing victories of 3-2 over Oman and 6-3 over Zambia in the 9th-16th placing quarterfinals. Despite a loss to Namibia in the placing semifinals, they fought in the 11th place play-off against Australia, succumbing 8-3 and settling for the 12th position.
Tiara Dutta finished as Fiji’s top goalscorer with eight goals.
On the men’s front, Fiji’s journey was a rollercoaster of intense competition, culminating in a 15th global ranking. The men’s team claimed a historic win in the 15-16th place playoffs against Jamaica, securing a 4-2 victory, their first in Oman.
However, the path to victory was not without trials, with losses to Malaysia, Oman, the United States, and New Zealand testing the mettle of the Fijian men’s team.
This performance served as a fitting tribute to Captain Terence Corrie (TJ), who had earlier announced his retirement from international hockey after representing Fiji for 19 years.
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