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Tournament Helps Raiwai Youths

The Raiwai Youth and Community Council is taking a more proactive approach to ensure a crime-free youth. This was the word from the council’s vice-president Reverend Tomasi Kolinitoga during the
21 Dec 2014 13:00
Tournament Helps Raiwai Youths
Raiwai Inter-Lane Rugby League action between Roots and Grantham Knights at Raiwai grounds yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Raiwai Youth and Community Council is taking a more proactive approach to ensure a crime-free youth.

This was the word from the council’s vice-president Reverend Tomasi Kolinitoga during the Raiwai Inter-Lane Rugby League Tournament in Raiwai yesterday.

“One of the main reasons we had this tournament and the two previous weekends was to keep the boys out of crimes especially during this festive season. We’re trying to keep them occupied during this time,” Rev Kolinitoga said.

“Also, with the cancellation of the Nines Tournament that was meant to be held this month, we didn’t want to let the boys down and since they’d been so committed to their training for the tournament, we decided to have our own tournament.

“It’s really good to see the response from the youth and even the children competing in the Under-12 and Under-15 grades who are so enthusiastic about the tournament and committed to the game. That’s why we do these kinds of things,” he said.

Rev Kolinitoga confirmed the Blue Gas Raiwai Raiders were using the inter-lane competition as part of their preparations for the 2015 Super Nines Rugby League Tournament in Sigatoka on January 17.

“We are trying to build two teams for the Super Nines tournament on January 17 in Lawaqa Park which we looking forward to compete in as a new team and we’re very thankful to Blue Gas and Ajay Punja for the support and sponsoring our jerseys for the tournament.

“However, we would be really grateful to have more assistance from other corporate bodies, especially with so many companies in our own community. I’ve been telling the youth not to commit crimes against these companies because they’re the same people that help us out.

“We also want to thank Cost-U-Less supermarket for providing the lamb chops and Deo Narayan for providing the sauce for the Raiwai Raiders’ team barbecue on Friday night.”

Macfarlane, Roots, Grantham and Green competed in the tournament held yesterday at the Raiwai grounds.

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