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Battle To Stay Alive

It will be crunch time for all 12 teams as the last round of the Skipper Cup is played today around the country. The 2016 Skipper Cup competition is one
23 Jul 2016 15:22
Battle To Stay Alive
Skipper Cup crowd at Thomson Park last week. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

It will be crunch time for all 12 teams as the last round of the Skipper Cup is played today around the country.

The 2016 Skipper Cup competition is one of the best so far with 7 teams vying for the semifinal spots and three teams battling to be in the Top 8 next year.

Never before have teams battle in the last round to decide their fate and staying alive for another round.

This reflects the intensity and standard of the competition made possible by the input of the coaching staff and the players throughout the year.

The top seven teams are Suva (40points), Nadroga  (36), Naitasiri (36), Northland (33), Namosi (33), Malolo (31) and Nadi (31).

 

Malolo vs Namosi

It’s unfortunate that the two teams need to win this crucial encounter to proceed to the semifinals.

This has been a dream run for Malolo making the top eight in their first year.

But it will be interesting whether they can handle the 2015 Skipper Cup finalist at Lawaqa Park  today.

 

Northland vs

Nadroga

Northland must do-or- die to beat Nadroga today. The team have been on a roll in 2016 and they must give their all against the defending champions.

 

Nadi aims to

topple Lautoka

Jack’s Nadi will rise from the ashes in a bid to set another record straight this time against the struggling Lautoka Maroons at Nadovu Park.

The Jettsetters  are tied at seventh spot with Malolo at 31 points simply after five wins out of 10 games.

On the other hand Lautoka  (13) needs to win to stay in the Skipper Cup Top 8 next year.

“This is a crucial match for us playing away from home but the boys have the know what to do,” manager Jeff Tamata said.

Fixtures: BLK Nadroga-Northland, Tavua- Macuata,  Malolo –Namosi, BLK Naitasiri-Tailevu, Suva- Vatukoula.

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