“I’m from Moce, and in Moce we play only cricket, no other sports. When you grow up as a child in Moce the only sport you know is cricket, and even though most people think rugby is Fiji’s main sport, if you’re from Moce it’s only when you come to the main island that you know it exists.
In 2004 when they were selecting the Fiji U15 team to travel to Melbourne, for us U15s from Moce, it was the first time we’d been to the main island, and we were going to maybe be selected to go overseas! We got the boat to Suva and then after the competition in Lautoka, where they picked 11 players in the team to go to Melbourne, 10 of us were from Moce! Our captain was the only one who wasn’t – he was from Rabi near Rotuma – which was good because he could speak good English and none of us could speak English at that time. So from telling this story, my point is this is what cricket has given to me – I have a job, I have a contract and I get to travel overseas. The possibility of these opportunities inspires many children growing up in Moce to be good at cricket.”
– – Viliame Yabaki (Moce, Lau Islands, Fiji)