Of the team that won gold last year, ten players return to this year’s squad for the tournament in Apia.This includes captain Regina Lili’I and current Samoa Cricket development manager and vice-captain, Perelini Mulitalo, who will play in her fifth regional women’s qualifier.The team will also feature several new faces including Faamitai Anitoni, Velder Levaula and Filimaua Malo while Letelesa Autagavia returns to the team for the first time since 2012.Several players from the squad joined New Zealand club teams last season, providing them with excellent preparation in the lead up to the tournament.Two players, Matile Uliao and Lagi Otila Tele’a, also played in the East Asia-Pacific women’s team who won the inaugural Australian Country Cricket Championships in early 2016. Uliao made headlines at the tournament after she took a hat-trick in the EAP’s match against Northern Territory and will be a key bowler again for the Samoan team this tournament.Captain Lili’I knows that all these opportunities will be invaluable for the team this time around. She believes that “every opportunity we get to play cricket, either individually or as a team, helps us to improve and play better quality cricket”.And the expectations from Lili’I of her team are high: “Obviously winning the gold medal was an amazing effort from the girls last year. But now we need to back that up with even better cricket at this tournament because there’s a World Cup Qualifier position at stake.”Samoa will also have a new coach after Ian West stepped down from coaching the team. Sunshine Coast-based coach Brad Murphy has been brought in to fill the role with Taitoe Kaisala as his assistant coach.The 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific begins in Apia, Samoa, on July 15 and will feature teams from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Japan. The tournament is a double round robin with the team who finishes on top of the table progressing to the Global Qualifier for the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
Go back to the e-newsletterSet in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, the highly anticipated Burj Al Arab Terrace has launched. Located at Dubai’s most iconic hotel, the terrace is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind restaurant, pool, beach and cabana space, offering hotel guests and Burj Al Arab members the finest Arabian hospitality.Burj Al Arab Terrace is a world first in marine and off-site construction, having been developed by marine construction experts ADMARES at a shipyard site in Finland. It was then transported by ship to Dubai in eight pieces, ensuring minimal disruption to guests, as well as the seabed and marine life.Now in place, the private 10,000-square-metre outdoor luxury leisure facility seamlessly stretches 100 metres out into the sea and is home to Scape Restaurant & Bar, two stunning pools, dedicated butler-serviced cabanas, and a beach area with luxury day and sunbeds. As such, Burj Al Arab Terrace is not only pushing the boundaries of construction, but also of design, architecture and hospitality.Anthony McHale, General Manager, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, commented: “As the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab continuously evolves and reinvents our guest experience through state-of-the-art facilities. Burj Al Arab Terrace is the ultimate destination for indulgence, socialising and relaxing and is another initiative in our endeavour to delight our guests.”Commenting further on the design and scale, he said: “Burj Al Arab Terrace is our most ambitious project since the hotel was created; it’s a global first in hotel construction with a breakthough combination of creative marine design, ingenious engineering and guest-friendly planning. In January, we announced its arrival on a ship from Finland and, since then, our construction and design teams have brought our vision to life and the result is simply spectacular.”Stefan Leser, Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group, added: “The Burj Al Arab Terrace is a new Dubai landmark and a symbol of innovation and engineering excellence. A masterpiece in design and architecture, it reinforces Dubai as an outstanding destination and leader in global hospitality. We are immensely proud to offer such a distinctive experience, which will considerably enhance the enjoyment of our Burj Al Arab guests.”The DesignThe architectural form of the terrace has been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab, creating a fusion of sophisticated, contemporary structures and tranquil stretches of water. Linked by a central walkway, flanked on either side by crystalline beaches and private cabanas, it gives an effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade.A palette of earth tones and clean, sharp whites, highlight the contrasting colours of nature, while the highest quality glass has been used extensively and creatively, from the panels throughout the interior spaces, to the specially commissioned handmade light installations in Scape Restaurant & Bar.The design also incorporates a 612-square-metre freshwater pool and an 828-square-metre saltwater infinity pool, which melts into the horizon to create the mirage of a continuous ebb of water. 10 million mosaic tiles in shades of azure and gold line the pools, while 1000 tonnes of white sand creates the dazzling beach. Set within the pools are four Jacuzzis and a swim up bar.Scape Restaurant and BarThe alfresco location of Scape Restaurant & Bar offers unparalleled views of the Arabian Gulf. In the kitchen, talented head chef Timur Fazilov serves up a surprising and delicious menu of Californian fusion style dishes, while the outdoor bar provides guests with the perfect alfresco venue to enjoy a creative selection of drinks from all over the world.CabanasAvailable for hotel guests and members, the 32 fully air-conditioned cabanas overlook Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab Terrace and the Dubai skyline.The 24 Cabanas and eight Royal Cabanas can accommodate up to four guests, offering unrivalled poolside facilities – a dedicated butler service, a dining, beverage and bar menu, spa menu, fully stocked mini-bars, fresh fruits, espresso machines, Bang & Olufsen TVs and a rotating amenity cycle with four to six varieties per day. The eight Royal Cabanas also include a private bathroom, shower area and verandah.Go back to the e-newsletter