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Vuakaca tells: How we swam across the Rewa River with Deans Trophy  in 1958   Akuila Vuakaca yesterday recalled how they swam across the Rewa River with the Deans Trophy
30 Aug 2016 12:52
Defending Deans 58 Yrs Ago
The Queen Victoria School Old Boys in Labasa with the Deans U18 Trophy. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

Vuakaca tells: How we swam across the Rewa River with Deans Trophy  in 1958

 

Akuila Vuakaca yesterday recalled how they swam across the Rewa River with the Deans Trophy 58 years ago when their boat capsized.

A member of the Queen Victoria School  Under-19 team, Vuakaca said the final was played at Navuso Agricultural School where they beat Lelean Memorial.

He said while he could not remember the score against LMS, the events that followed were unforgettable.

He said the Victorians in their white and blue uniform got into a local boat to ferry them across the Rewa River.

Na levu ni neimami marau, keitou qai veipasitaka tiko na rua nai cocovi ka keitou taura na yabaki oya. Kenai matai na Deans Trophy kei na team shield ka mani tavuki na neitou waqa.”

“We were passing the Deans Trophy and the best display team shield among ourselves when the boat capsized,” Vuakaca said.

Originally from the village of Nakalou, in Macuata where the Fiji sevens captain, Osea Koinisau shares maternal links, Vuakaca said it was an unforgettable experience.

He vividly remembers helping one and sometimes two of his teammates as most of them were injured.

Vuakaca said they passed the trophies while swimming so they don’t lose it as they fought hard to take their winnings to Matavatucou, Tailevu.

Vuakaca said they also did not want to let go of their sandals as they were very expensive.

He said the 15 boys were happy when they reached the other side and immediately thanked the Almighty for his protection.

The 78-year-old was a happy man after they received the 2016 Deans Trophy in Labasa last week. QVS defeated Marist Brothers High 21-18 at the ANZ Stadium early this month.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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