SPORTS

Forces Gear Up

Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald and RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Kalouniwai made their intentions clear yesterday. This was during the launch of the 2014 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl
18 Oct 2014 09:27
Forces Gear Up
ANZ BACKS BOWL - From left: Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald, ANZ head of Retail Fiji Sean Stratton and RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Kalouniwai during the launch of the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald and RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Jone Kalouniwai made their intentions clear yesterday. This was during the launch of the 2014 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl challenge played annually between the Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces set for October 31 the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

While Groenewald made special mention of a famous quote by the late Nelson Mandela that ‘sport has the power to change, inspire and unite people’, Kalouniwai said his soldiers would fight the battle to the last minute.

“The challenge is on,” Groenewald said.

“I was not part of this last year but only watched the video clips. But on October 31 we will have the heavy arms at the ANZ Stadium.

“It’s not necessary to prepare three months ago or weeks as we can play tomorrow. And the result will be the same as this Sukuna Bowl will stay where it belongs at the Fiji Police headquarters.

“Fiji Police Force headquarters is already its honorary place and you cannot take it away. We will fight to defend it.

“We’re also going to take back the soccer title that we lost last year.”

He said the defending champions would storm the ANZ Stadium like Super Rugby franchises of South Africa, the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Cheetahs.

“Our forwards will pay like the Bulls, tackle like Lions, bite like the Sharks and our backline will run like Cheetahs.”

Meanwhile, Kalouniwai said the RFMF team would be leaving no stones unturned come October 31. “We can also say that on the day, we can bring the roof down at ANZ Stadium,” he said.

“I can assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in our preparations for this battle and we will give Fiji Police the game of your life that you deserve as current champions of the Sukuna Bowl.

“There will be definitely a lot of agony, a lot of pain, tears, sweat and to some extent blood before the sun sets on October 31. We will fight this battle till the last minute. We have no tricks up our sleeve. We have no intentions of seeking professional overseas-based players as we have our own strategy because we will be coming to you with players who will play basic, simple rugby.”

Even though the Fiji Police would have the services of Nadroga rugby players, RFMF believes this would make a challenge even more exciting.

“We’re not complaining because it will make us more determined.

“For the RFMF simplicity is the key because we know and believe that the simplest thing we do in life has hard memories that will be hard to erase,” he said.

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