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Navosa Central Take U19 Crown

  The Nacanieli Liolevu captained- Navosa Central College side created history by winning the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Under-19 Colin Love Trophy for the first time at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka
04 May 2016 14:10
Navosa Central Take U19 Crown
New Winner ... Navosa Central College players with the Colin Love Trophy at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Nacanieli Liolevu captained- Navosa Central College side created history by winning the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Under-19 Colin Love Trophy for the first time at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

They beat defending champions Ba Provincial Freebird Institute 9-8 in a nail biting encounter

What Happened: Ba Pro had themselves to blame as they dropped crucial passes with the tryline before them. They dominated the match and could not make use of the scoring opportunities as they failed to connect their passes.

The final started with a bang as both teams went for the kill. In the 10th minute Ba Pro suffered a set-back when captain, Kelemedi Karacake dislocated his finger. But they held on and Kaiava Tokalau slotted in their lone points after 15 minutes of play. Ba Pro had the services of Jone Late, Sirilo Kenadina, Vilive Tuivuna and Karacake from last year’s winning team. Navosa Central had electrifying winger Serupepeli Malasebe.

Half time: Navosa Central 2-0 Ba Provincial.

Eight minutes into the half Mitieli Nacibaciba converted a penalty. Four minutes later Iliesa Tawake scored a try for Ba Provincial to level 4-4.

In the 18 minute winger Pita Matasau scored a classic try to put them in front 8-4 and in the 32 minute Nacibaciba kicked a drop goal to extend their lead 9-4. In the dying stages Ba Pro through Malakai Junior managed to score their second try but it was too late.

Star turn: Lock forward Liolevu led by example with his man of the match performance.

Big plays: Malasebe and Pita Matasau made a lot of line breaks.

Comments: Navosa Central captain Liolevu said, “We came with one thing in mind and that is to win. It was a tough match. This group of boys have been playing since primary school days. We dedicate this win to the supporters, and parents. This is a new era as previously our province is associated with marijuana this will bring a new mindset for the boys.”

Ba Provincial coach Amani Bulasui said, “It is unfortunate for us to lose to Navosa. We were prepared to retain the title but we will be back next year.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua.

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