Vanuatu’s First Lady Rima Vurobaravu has praised the national women’s cricket team for their great performance of being the champions of the East Asia Pacific (EAP)T20 tournament this year.

This week at Korman Stadium,before being awarded the presidential medals each of the women’s and girls were given the best speech of their lives by the Vanuatu’s highest- titled woman of the country.

“I stand before you with immense pride and joy, as I extend my warmest congratulations to the incredible Women’s cricket team of Vanuatu.

“Your recent achievements on the cricket field have not only brought glory to our nation but have also showcased the extra ordinary talent and dedication that resides within our country,” She declared.

Moreover, she said that she wished to extend her heartfelt gratitude to the Vanuatu Cricket Association for bestowing upon herself and her husband, the President of the Republic of Vanuatu, Nikenike Vurobaravu, the honor of being patrons of Vanuatu Cricket and Vanuatu Women’s Cricket respectively.

The first lady expressed her joy when she heard that apart from being crowned the ICC Women’s T20 Champions, Vanuatu was fortunate enough to be named the awardee of three positions from the EAP tournament last month in Port Vila.

Out of seven Participating countries, namely, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu, two of Vanuatu’s girls stood out claiming three awards.

Vanuatu’s Rachel Andrew was awarded two titles, Player of the Series and Most Runs with 151 runs while the youngest player of the group, Vanessa Vira took home the Most wickets Title with 11 Wickets.

Head Coach Joshua Rasu said he was so proud of his girls’ performance and that would not have happened if the ladies have not followed their set-up plans.

Before the tournament started, my team and I discussed and debated on the what’s, whens and how to display a great performance, and a great plan was drawn. It was the plan that my team executed that put my team at such a very high position, and for that I am very grateful,” he confirmed.

Coach Rasu pointed out that with the next qualifier which they have had their eyes fixed on now, which is the global Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2024, he believed that his talented girls have a bright future ahead of them.

“We have watched on the internet how these international teams performed, but with my teams’ goals and determination and seeing their performance on the field, I have no doubt that my young players can smash them,” he concluded.

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