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Editorial: Another Big Week of Sports Looms

Editorial: Another Big Week of Sports Looms
The victorious Ratu Kadavulevu School Under-18 rugby team celebrating their Coke Zero Deans Trophy win with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium on August 12, 2017. They beat Queen Victoria School 20–5. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
August 13
15:47 2017

Yesterday, the curtains fell after the completion of the two major events in the Fiji Rugby Union calendar.

After bruising rounds of pools games, the true champions always stand tall in the end.

Deservedly, the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge trophy will find a new realm in the highlands of Namosi after surviving the last challenge against Rewa at Thomson Park, Navua.

In the Coke Zero Deans Trophy finals, Ratu Kadavulevu School made history by dominating all grades from the Under-14 to the Under-19.

This is the first time one school dominated the Coke Zero Deans competition. This is another challenge for this schools’ competition because it’s no longer about winning the Under-18 grade but scooping all the grades.

And just when we think that it’s time for timeout, another big sporting week looms.

Tomorrow, more than 3000 primary school students will converge at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, for the annual 2017 Rewa Galaxy Kaji Rugby Tournament.

This is a record player-attendance so far in which 19 districts from all over the country are taking part in the Under-9 to the Under-14 grades.

Developing rugby at the primary school level is the way forward if our Vodafone Flying Fijians are to be competitive in the end. For so long our performance on the international arena have always been attributed to faltering on the simple things first or not getting the basics right.

Teaching our young ruggers the way to do first things right from the start matters in the long run.

Likewise, tomorrow secondary schools’ netters will converge at Subrail Park in Labasa for the Powerade Super Series Netball Championship like never before.

Labasa will be a hive of activity in the next few days when a record 36 teams will compete in the U15 grade, 34 teams in the U17 and U19 grades, 12 teams in the Open grade and 10 teams in the men’s division.

Hosting tournaments in Vanua Levu happens once in a while, and like the Fiji Football Association hosting the Vodafone Fijian FACT last month, the Fijian Secondary Schools Netball Association is helping develop netball in the rural areas.

In other events, the Vodafone Fijian Secondary Schools Inter-District Championship starts at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, today while the 2017 Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Football Championship, where 28 teams will take part in is from August 22 to 24 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

But the main event of the week will be the fourth edition of the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, which tees off on Thursday.

The event not only attracts world class golfers but boosts our profile as a sporting destination in addition to boosting our economy as well. So another big sporting week to look forward to.


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