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Torn Boots Fail To Dampen Bua Lad’s Spirit

Wearing torn rugby boots didn’t deter Saimone Tamanitokula from participating at the 2017 Crest Westkids Rugby Development at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. The Year 6 student of Immaculate
16 Aug 2017 11:00
Torn Boots Fail To Dampen Bua Lad’s Spirit
Saimone Tamanotokula tying up his torn boots on August 15, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Wearing torn rugby boots didn’t deter Saimone Tamanitokula from participating at the 2017 Crest Westkids Rugby Development at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

The Year 6 student of Immaculate Conception Primary School in Solevu, Bua said the rugby boots was a gift from a cousin.

Saimone was the only rugby player in his team with tapes on his torn rugby boots.

“I have been wearing this rugby boots in all my matches for the last four years.

“It has come to a point where I have to use a tape to fix my boot this morning because it’s torn and with this I will be able to play well in all our matches,” he said.

Due to financial constraints, his parents weren’t able to afford him a new rugby boot.

“My father is just a farmer in Bua and I have six siblings, so my parents face money problems.

“I use this rugby boots in all my rugby trainings and even in all the rugby matches I play in Bua,” he said.

Saimone considers Fijian Sevens Rugby player, Josua Tuisova as his role model.

“I want to be like Tuisova in the future because I love the way he plays. I love to watch sevens rugby because of him and maybe one day I want to meet him in person too,” he said.

Saimone wore the same rugby boots in last year’s tournament where they beat Nadroga under 11 team in the T2 finals.

“I will give my best shot for the sake of my parents and for those that are supporting me in the game of rugby”.

Bua U12 rugby coach Kelemete  Qiodravu said he had prepared his boys for the tournament.

“We had to fundraise more than $17,000 for the team to enable them to participate in the tournament”.

“Finance is one of the problems facing us but we managed to fundraise enough money to cater for our fares and other things we will need in Nadi,” Qiodravu said.

He said his team was made of students from five schools in Bua.

“These students are from five schools in Bua; they came for trials and from there we chose our team to represent Bua in this tournament for all the grades,” he added.

 

Day 1 Results: Boys Tag Rugby

U-9 Ra II 1-0 Nadi I

U-9 Macuata 1-0 Navosa II

U-9 Ba 1-1 Navosa 1

U-9 Lautoka II 1-1 Nadroga II

U-9 Nadi I 3-1 Navosa II

U-9 Ra2 0-3 Macuata

U-10 Ra1 1-0 Northland

U-10 Lautoka I 2-1 Ba

U-10 Lautoka II 5-1 Nadroga2II

U-10 West Coast 0-1 Naitasiri  II

U-10 Navosa II 3-0 Nadi

U-10 Navosa I -1 Naitasiri I

 

Boys 15’s

U-11a5’s Nadi II 12-12 Northland

U-12 Lautoka I 1-0 West Coast

U-12 WestCoast 15’s 0-21 Bua

U-12 Lautoka II 0-14 Nadi I

U-13 Ra 0-7 Ba

U-13 Bua 10-0 West Coast

U-14 Ba 7-0 West Coast

U-14 Nadi II 19-0 Northland

U-11 Ra 14-0 Naitasiri

U-11 Bua7-7 Nadroga

U-12 Ba 17-7 Lauotka II

U-13  Nadi I 10-5 Navosa

Indo Boys U-12 West Coast 0-1 Lautoka

 

Girls:

G/U-10 Tag Rugby Bua 0-1 Ra

G/U-12 Tag Rugby Northland 4-0 Nadi1G/U-12 Tag Rugby Ba 17-7 Lautoka II

G/U-12 Naitasiri 1-0 Nadi II

 

Indo G/under 12 West Coast 1-0 Nadi II

Indo Girls U-14 Ba 0-1 Nadi I

U-14 Nadroga 0-1 Nadi II

Edited by Mohammed Ali

arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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