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Letters to the Editor, May 16, 2017

Letters to the Editor, May 16, 2017
Vodafone Fijian 7s coach, Gareth Baber
May 16
10:10 2017

Gareth syndrome

Dr Sushil Sharma,  Lautoka

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team is suffering from two syndromes; the first called the “Gareth syndrome” and the second the “Gold syndrome”.

The Gold syndrome is an affliction whereby our boys are still in Rio – dreaming and celebrating – and have failed to come down to earth, from the nostalgic adrenaline rush and high of the greatest triumph on earth for a small nation.

The Gareth syndrome – is an affliction with successive Gareth losses despite trying hard. However, one tries, at the end of the day there is nothing to show for it. This syndrome can also be called the Gareth jinx.

We know that Gareth Baber has failed to deliver so far and this shameful run of unprecedented losses can have no other explanation. Under his leadership, our team is barely making it through to pool play and we are supposed to be the role model for the world, as ambassadors of the code which Ryan has quite aptly said is a global “brand”.

Of course we know that no one will be able to fill the boots of Ryan. We are not asking Gareth to do that, as Gareth is no Ryan and never will be – but he should at least show a semblance of respectability on the part of our Fijian team, as he is the coach who has to take the blame or the axe.

It appears as if our players suddenly have lead in their boots – they are hypnotised suddenly, lethargic as if they are on our local “weed” and become erratic, nervous, and forget where they are in the field, and the purpose of their visit to the rugby arena.

Minnows like Samoa and Scotland give them a lesson in rugby. This is shameful indeed for us to watch and it did spoil our Mother’s Day celebrations back home in Fiji, as many of us simply went to sleep without our lovely dinner, as soon as our golden boys had lost to Scotland by 0-24. Fiji was comprehensively outplayed in every single department and was an embarrassment to watch.

I say clearly and categorically that we should cut all our affiliation with Gareth Baber if we are to compete as the golden boys, showcasing our Fijian brand of rugby. So far we have just got mud on ours faces and fairly soon, people will not even care, when we run into the arena for the next match. Let us not wait for that day!

Biman Prasad and Tikoduadua

Tukai Lagonilakeba,  Nadi

The NFP Leader is on record and has also withdrawn from the grand coalition for all opposition political parties contesting the 2018 elections.

He has refused to join up with them simply because the NFP wishes not to be associated with Sitiveni Rabuka.

Prasad is inconsistent, yet he has openly accepted Pio Tikoduadua who was a young officer from the Rabuka days and a senior officer through until he joined the civil service from 2006 and later resigned in 2014 to become a politician.

Tikoduadua was part and parcel of the coup culture all the time when he was in uniform.

Naikelimusu Juniors

Tomasi Boginiso,  Nasinu

Just when the boys of Naimalavau, Nakelo, have nothing to do, a group got together and formed a band, which is gaining popularity so quickly.

Their hit songs have been regularly heard over the air. But the most popular song that has the whole of Tebara going is the song about the neighbours’ of Tokatoka.

The group is about to release their third album and hopefully everyone buys them the appropriate way rather than the pirate way. Buying their CDs would help the boys a lot especially their financial burden.

For all social gathering or nightclub dances these Boys are there to perform to their outmost best with a very reasonable charge. Go Naikelimusu Juniors, go.



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