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Exams First For QVS

The Queen Victoria School Under-18 team focus on their exams first before they play in the final of the Coke Zero Deans Trophy at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. The Victorians
10 Aug 2016 13:54
Exams First For QVS
The Queen Victoria School under 18 team training at the Assemblies of God High School ground yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The Queen Victoria School Under-18 team focus on their exams first before they play in the final of the Coke Zero Deans Trophy at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

The Victorians face last year’s finalists Marist Brothers High School on Saturday.

Team spokesman Elemaca Ravulo said education comes first.

“This is exam week for the boys, some will have exams on Wednesday, some on Thursday and this will come first for them,” he said yesterday.

The wet weather did not dampen the spirit of the Victorians as the players braved the rain with their trainer Senirusi Seruvakula at the Assemblies of God High School ground in Kinoya.

Deans Scoop A Rarity

Ravulo said despite the challenges they face, the team hope to scoop all their five grades on Saturday.

The Victorians will play in five out of the six grade finals, a feat quite rare in the history of the Deans Trophy competition which started in 1939.

“Preparations have been the same as from the quarter-finals,” Ravulo said.

“We just need to step up this week preparing for our exams and the games on Saturday.

“We are not using any energy drinks during training, keeping things simple drinking ‘draunimoli’ (lemon leaves) and coboi (lemon grass).

“The bad weather has been affecting our training but we can’t do much about that.

“Another problem is that we do not have a ground to train on. If worse comes to worse we will travel down to QVS to train there,” he said.

The team management arranged for the school truck to pick up the boys from their individual schools for training every day.

Ravulo said they had hoped for all grades to reach the finals unfortunately their U19 team lost last week.

“We lacked a bit in our U19 grade because some the players played in the U17 and U18 grades.

“Our mission is to take all the grades this week,” he said.

He acknowledged all the QVS supporters who had been behind the team from the beginning.

The Victorians were relocated to schools throughout the country after QVS took the full brunt after Cyclone Winston   struck Tailevu North on February 20.

Amazingly what dazzle and boggle the imagination is how they achieve so much in a difficult period.

The psychological trauma from that disaster would have been enough to seriously put off the QVS students from their focus on their academic studies and sports.

But it seems to have had little effect on the students. Through the power of sports, in this case, rugby, they have come together from the different schools to train. Their achievement so far has been amazing.

The U18 squad live from as far Veisari outside Lami and Kasavu outside Nausori.

The squad attend nine schools along the  Suva and Nausori corridor.

Assemblies of God: Alipate Senikau, Apisai Wawanituba, Apolosi Koroi Ranawai, Alipate Naliga, Emoni Narawa, Josua Uluinasau, Kiniviliame Naiceru, Sekaia Naitini, Usaia Vaka, Savenaca Veisa.

Dudley High: AaronTausie, Jiuta Biau, Kaliova Qeleca, Livai Natave, Lote Degei, Moape Veqaravi, Niumaia Buruavata, Noa Nakaunicina.

RSMS: Auta Mocisuva, Jolame Nakacia Raikasakasa

Nasinu Secondary: Eneri Saukuru Waqailutua, John Jacob Stephens

Dilkusha High: Isei Radrodro Yavala,

MBHS: Josua Veilomani, L Serukilagi Qio

SGS: Moape Veiqaravi Laba, Tuimasi N Namawi

LDS: Ratukalipate Iranabulou

MGM: Rusiate Naiteqe

Edited by Osea  Bola

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