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St Thomas, St Joseph’s Triumph

Under-19 teams win the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Championships St Thomas High School and St Joseph Secondary were crowned the new Under-19 champions of the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools
17 Aug 2016 14:01
St Thomas, St Joseph’s Triumph
St Joseph’s Secondary School celebrate after they defeated SSKMC in the final of Under-19 Westmere Cup schools hockey in Lautoka. Photo: Charles Chambers

Under-19 teams win the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Championships

St Thomas High School and St Joseph Secondary were crowned the new Under-19 champions of the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Championships at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

For STHS, it was sweet revenge over former champions Ba Provincial Freebird College after defeating them through penalty strokes in the semifinal and then accounting for Xavier College of Ba 1-0 in the final to claim the Bhasin Cup.

BPFC defeated STHS in the final 1-0 last year but failed to get their game together in the semifinal.

The final against Xavier College was a hard- fought battle and it was during a melee in front of the XC goalmouth that Akasio Regunamada scored.

STHS hockey teacher Makelesi Mawi said their semifinal match against BPFC was like a final and it was a good feeling to turn the table after her school lost last year.

Kyle Kava turned in a mammoth display at the back during Xavier’s attacks with powerful clearing hits that turned defence into attack on many occasions.

Xavier produced some good breaks but were let down by some players hanging on to the ball for too long.

SJSS’s Therese Hing was the toast of her side scoring the only goal that saw them wrestle the Westmere Cup from defending champions SSKMC of Nadi.

The Waimanu Road, Suva girls managed to hold on to that slender lead amid continuous attacks from SSKMC.

In the U16 grade, SSKMC won the Sandy’s Cup defeating SJSS 3-1 on penalty strokes.

Both sides were tied 0-0 at the final whistle and the score remained the same after sudden death play.

SSKMC goalkeeper Salote Camari put up some great saves during penalty strokes to allow SJSS only one goal to slip past her.

In the U16 grade for the Noal Gibson Cup, Tilak High, under the guidance of Lautoka rep Marcus Hicks, also won through penalty strokes beating STHS 3-2.

Both sides were tied 1-1 after the final whistle and sudden death play.

Edited by Osea Bola

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