21 Mar 2007

Pacific women's teams challenge for the right to play in China in September

8:24 am on 21 March 2007

The New Zealand women's soccer coach John Herdman says his side won't be intimidated in Papua New guinea next month.

Four teams: New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tonga and PNG will play for the right to represent Oceania at the Under 19 FIFA World Cup in China in September.

Herdman says they won't be stressed by the physical nature of the Pacific teams.

"All the teams tended to try and use that as one of their key strengths, and we've got players that are physiologically matched and psychologically matched to cope with those things. As I say you know you are going to try and get bullied out of the tournament but these girls have been there before, and that's the beauty of it, and I don't think there's any girl in the squad that hasn't played in the islands before."

John Herdman.

The week long tournament wil be run on a round robin basis with the winner decided on points