Letters To The Editor, 1st August 2016

Go QVS Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Canada Thank you BSP Life Managing Director and Victorian old boy, Malakai Naiyaga, for supporting the QVS Under-14, 15, 17, 18, and 19 rugby teams with
01 Aug 2016 08:35
Letters To The Editor, 1st August  2016
Letters To The Editor


Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,


Thank you BSP Life Managing Director and Victorian old boy, Malakai Naiyaga, for supporting the QVS Under-14, 15, 17, 18, and 19 rugby teams with a new set of jerseys worn during the Deans quarterfinals (FS 29/7).

Malakai Naiyaga himself was an inspiration in my Mighty Midgets team of 1975, with his brilliant rugby skills and kicking and having a chip from family member Qele Ratu.

To read that all the six teams from QVS have all qualified for this week’s semifinals just makes my day.

The principal of QVS was happy with the BSP Life gift and was hoping that all the six age categories will reach the finals.

All have qualified for the semifinals this week and I believe the Victorian family will be again out in numbers with our school colours in support.

I remember back in 1974, the undefeated QVS Senior team coached by our English teacher, Murray Heastly of New Zealand and captained by Nacanieli Bola, receiving a new set of jerseys for the quarterfinals, which kind of lifted their performance and confidence as a team to another level, winning the Deans Trophy that year.

To all the QVS teams, never say die and give it all you got in the semis this week.

It would be good to see the Deans Trophy take a stroll down from Lodoni to Matavatucou this year.

Go QVS, you can do it!


Taxi meters

Tomasi Boginiso,


The law should very strict on taxi meters to be positioned in a way that is clearly visible to all passengers seated in the front or back seats.

Most of the meters are located almost at knee height of the driver.

Back seat passengers can hardly view the meter. Drivers could even charge the passengers more because it’s hard to view them.

I suggest that they be placed on the dashboard or around the rear view mirror.


Fijian arrow

Timoci Gaunavinaka,


In the opening of the Barcelona Olympic game way back in 1992, the last relay runner used the torch to light an arrow placed on the bow of a Spanish archer Antonio Rebollo. Rebollo who shot the arrow across the Olympic ground to light the Olympic torch at the other end of the ground as the world watched in amazement.

Riding on Rebollo’s arrow was the pride of a nation that was once an empire.

Many later asked Rebollo what would have happened if that arrow he shot had missed the torch ?

He replied, “I can’t miss. I am a former Olympic silver medallist in archery and I have practiced this particular shot more than 700 times”.

Only much later then it was revealed that the shot was a fake and the torch was lit via remote control.

Today, Fiji has already shot its arrow targeting gold in Rio. It is no fake. We have won the Sevens Rugby world cup twice and are currently the reigning IRB world sevens rugby series champion. We have practiced our moves and game plans a few hundred times. We have scaled the sand dunes and now doing our last preparation in thin oxygen altitude almost 4000 metres above sea level.

Rebollo’s arrow may have missed the target, but camera angles made it look real. Fiji’s arrow cannot miss and must hit the bulls-eye if we are to win gold. The members of the team we have and how we have prepared them will determine the outcome.

Ben Ryan correctly stated that we have done the best we can, and if that does not win us gold in Rio then whoever wins it is a better team and deserves it.

Whatever the result our team to Rio brings, we must accept it and embrace them for giving their best.

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