MEX-W vs FIJ-W Dream 11 Team: After ending last in their respective groups, Fiji and Mexico to fight it out for 7th and 8th place
Fiji Vs Mexico FIH Women’s Pro League Best Dream 11 Team
They both came into the FIH Women’s Series Final, Japan as the last ranked teams and they ended their pools right in the trenches as well. Finishing in fourth place in Pool A and Pool B respectively, the third and final leg of the tournament has traversed horrifically for the two countries who were playing on the biggest stage of all in their short lived hockey careers.
However, for these two sides who hardly had any experience on the global stage, the way the tournament ended up traversing would leave them bitterly disappointed. In between them, they failed to score even a single goal, conceding 40 in 6 matches as they raked up a total of 0 points. They were befittingly beaten by the rest of the countries, leaving them fighting it out for scalps today when they take on each other to decide who ends 7th in the league.
It’s been an unfortunate and torrid tournament for them but what this match accords them is one final chance to finally register a win before they end their time in the tournament. Although the status held by the match is a lowly one, for both these teams the scenario is completely opposite. It’s a colossal opportunity to show to the world that they too can compete amongst the best and continue their hockey growth on the international avenue.
With a world ranking of 40, FIH Series Open winners Fiji, came into the tournament with a not too lofty but decent set of expectations. After all, they had won all four of their matches in that tournament which saw them make it this far and give it a shot at reaching the Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
And with that status, they’ll go into their final match looking to put on a stern test to a Mexico side who are ranked 18 places above them. The PAHP region side under the tutelage of Arely Castellanos, a previous international umpire are not going to be easy to defeat though with the side set to be severely hurting after being toyed about with.
For us, this is going to be a close match, one where Mexico should scamper by to win. Their attacking threat far outweighs Fiji who have shown they are more than willing to crumble.
Goal-Keeper for MEX-W vs FIJ-W Dream 11
We have opted for Mexico’s Jesus Castillo to hold fort for us over here. The options from Fiji hardly look promising and we do see Castillo registering either a cleansheet for at the maximum giving away only the one goal in this match.
Defenders for MEX-W vs FIJ-W Dream 11
Across all the three matches we saw Fiji play, the lack of incisive and cutting edge lethalness needed in their strike force was something that really caught our eye. And given the appalling showing of their frontline, we are getting a dutiful backline from Mexico to bolster our defensive setup as we see them keeping a cleansheet in this match.
Maria Correa, Karen Orozco and Cindy Correa is the trio we have opted for. The three held firm against Chile despite facing a barrage of attacking pressure and against a much meeker Fiji side, we fully see them putting on a stellar display.
Midfielders for MEX-W vs FIJ-W Dream 11
With no one chosen from Fiji as of yet, the need to indulge ourselves in their players has started making for an impending need. We need to pick up the bare minimum of four players from their side and are going to begin by compensating in the midfield department.
The first midfielder we have decided to incur into our Dream 11 side is Tailah Au Yuk, one of the main performers of this side. Her goal scoring extradonaire skills have seen her traverse her way past sides and snare goals at will recently and if Fiji are to make things tough for Mexico, Tailah needs to be on the pinnacle of her game.
Lala Ravatu and Therese Hing are the other names coming in from Fiji. From Mexico its Marlet Correa, one of their main goal scoring threats, a player who should stall any chances Fiji have of winning this match.
Forwards for MEX-W vs FIJ-W Dream 11
We’ll begin with the selection from Mexico first by getting n Michel Navarro into our side. She knows the demands of competing at the top level and it’s been courtesy her goals that Mexico have made it this far. Her partner on the day is going to be Karen Gonzalez with us seeing the two of them in unison tearing apart Fiji.
The sole pick from Fiji in the form of Carina Brown completes our side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Both the selections are from Mexico with Michel Navarro our captain while defender Marlet Correa is the vice-captain.
FIH Women’s Pro League
Match: Fiji Vs Mexico
Date And Time: 20th June, Friday- 12:15pm IST
Venue: Hiroshima Hockey Centre, Hiroshima