New Zealand make a return to this level of regional competition after sitting out the 2014 edition due to their automatic qualification as host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015.Bringing a wealth of experience to the squad are Moses Dyer and Clayton Lewis, both of whom made large contributions to Darren Bazeley’s 2015 U-20 world cup squad.Youngster Logan Rogerson, who made his OFC Nations Cup debut with the All Whites on his 18th birthday in Port Moresby earlier this year, will also be a key player. He made his regional debut for New Zealand at the OFC U-17 Championship last year and his star continues to rise.Tahiti – who pushed New Zealand all the way to a penalty shootout at that tournament in order to secure the title, have named a strong, experienced side themselves.Michael Maihi and Ryan Petitgas were key members of that squad along with nine of their teammates, and have the XV Pacific Games behind them as well.New Caledonia are another side which shone at U-17 level last year and while they will be without the likes of exciting up-and-comer Joris Kenon who is tied up with club commitments in France, coach Kamali Fitealeata has assembled a side with a mix of both the familiar, and the unknown.From the hosts Vanuatu the key player will no doubt be Bong Kalo whose experience on the regional stage belies his age. If he can combine with Sylvain Worworbu and Ronaldo Wilkins, both studying in New Zealand since the U-17 last year, coach Etienne Mermer will be feeling confident about his side’s chances.Just like Vanuatu with Kalo, Papua New Guinea are able to call on experience though it’s at the back where Felix Komolong does his best work. The lofty defender played every minute of the Kapul’s five OFC Nations Cup games in June and will be keen to keep Papua New Guinea football on the tips of tongues across Oceania.Fiji will be led by Mataiasi Toma, the midfielder having attended the FIFA U-20 World Cup means he knows the pressures associated with high level competition and will be able to guide his teammates as they attempt to repeat the feats of their predecessors in the Fiji U-20 jersey.Solomon Islands are bringing one of the least experienced sides but have proven time and again across all levels of the game that they are not a side to be underestimated.Having watched as the senior side progress to the semi-finals of the OFC Nations Cup there will surely be a drive to do something similar themselves.Like Solomon Islands, Cook Islands is among the least experienced squads heading to Vanuatu but recent preliminary competitions has seen a number of players test themselves at regional level.Several members of the squad helped qualify Cook Islands to this competition, some of them then went on to the U-17 Preliminary where Cook Islands just missed out on a berth in Tahiti next year.Defender Sunai Joseph was named in the senior squad that competed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers OFC Stage 1 and although he didn’t make it on the pitch, the experience would have been invaluable.Additional Information:The OFC U-20 Championship is the Confederation’s premier youth competition and involves all 11 OFC Member Associations, with four competing in the Preliminary and eight in the Championship.The 2016 tournament will be the 21st edition of this event which for the first time, offers two berths for Oceania at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.With 12 titles, former OFC Member Association Australia holds the record for the most wins in this age-group, while New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji have also claimed regional victories over the 40-year history of the competition.The 2016 OFC U-20 Championship will be held in Port Vila and Luganville in Vanuatu from 3-17 September 2016.Group AVanuatu (VAN)Fiji (FIJ)Papua New Guinea (PNG)New Caledonia (NCL)Group BTahiti (TAH)Solomon Islands (SOL)New Zealand (NZL)Cook Islands (COK) Vanuatu’s Bong Kalo in action at the OFC Nations Cup.Image: OFC via Phototek
Ria Meneses of Generika over Bea De Leon of Foton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGenerika-Ayala dealt Foton its second straight loss, 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-13, in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Invitational on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Trailing 6-10 in the deciding set, Lifesavers uncorked a huge 9-3 run capped by a Bang Pineda drop shot for the win to improve to a 2-0 win-loss card.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Matthysse looks to emulate Marquez’s impeccable timing vs Pacquiao MOST READ Jaja Santiago led the Tornadoes with 28 markers. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “This game was height versus defense. I told my team that we have the best receivers and that receiving is first than spiking, the players responded well,” Lifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses said in Filipino.Up 14-10 in the fourth frame, Generika-Ayala used an 11-2 surge to force the decider.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLifesavers delivered 59 attack points while Blue Energy only had 45.Generika-Ayala had four players in twin digits led by Pineda’s 20, 10 coming from the last two sets. LATEST STORIES View comments
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