20 Jun 2014

Sport: Former NZ women's coach impressed by Fiji cricketers

2:22 pm on 20 June 2014

The former New Zealand White Ferns coach, Katrina Keenan, was impressed by the hitting power of Fiji locals during a series of clinics held this week.

Keenan, who captained the New Zealand women's team to a World Cup title in 2000, is also a former Japan women's coach.

She conducted three one-hour clinics at Jasper Williams High School and Natabua High School in Lautoka, as well as at Ratu Navula College in Nadi, after volunteering her time whilst travelling to Fiji on holidays with her family.

Katrina Keenan says many of the participants showed more natural hitting ability than kids in Australia and New Zealand, with the only difference being that in those countries there is access to a larger range of coaches and development programs.

Keenan says she hopes that more girls cricket teams can be formed at schools in the Western division, as that very well could be where Fiji's next national representative comes from.