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Editorial: Countdown Starts For Country’s Biggest Football Tournament

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The countdown to the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) has begun. This is the country’s biggest football tournament where the prestigious
27 Aug 2017 13:26
Editorial: Countdown Starts For Country’s Biggest Football Tournament
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Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The countdown to the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) has begun.

This is the country’s biggest football tournament where the prestigious Lloyd Farebrother Trophy is at stake.

The district crowned the IDC champions is always regarded as the ‘Giants of Fijian Football’.

That is why the Ba football team after their six-year win-in-a-row (from 1975 to 1980) earned that reputation and became the country’s most feared side. A status they’ve proudly held up to this very day.

The first IDC tournament got underway in 1938 in Suva where the hosts took part along with Rewa, Ba, Levuka and Lautoka. From 1938 to 1975, the tournament was played on a knockout format and in 1976 pool play was introduced. In 1985, the tournament was played in two divisions – with the introduction of a second level known as the Premier Division.

Playing in the IDC is the dream of every football player in the country. This is regardless of whatever division they play in, but the fact that they will be in the place as their heroes, meet-up with the country’s football legends and experience playing in front of a big crowd, are things they will always cherish in life.

Now the stage is set for the 2017 tournament after the official pool draws were done in Lautoka yesterday.

Defending Premier champions Labasa are in Group B-now known as the ‘pool of death’ where they face Ba, Vodafone Fiji FACT 2017 and 2017 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champions Rewa and minnows Dreketi.

Vodafone Premier League 2017 winners Lautoka head Group A where they take on arch-rivals Nadi, Suva and either Tavua or Seaqaqa.

In the Senior Division, Group 1 sees Tavua or Seaqaqa play Nadogo, Tailevu-Naitasiri and Navua while relegated Rakiraki are in Group 2 with Savusavu, Nadroga and Lami.

This year’s tournament is dubbed one of the toughest compared to previous years.

What has made things extra special is the whopping $130,000 sponsorship from Courts, which sees the winning Premier team walking away $22,000 richer while the senior team pockets $7500.

Going to their 18th year of sponsorship Courts has played a lead role in the development and progress of football in the country. Over the years, Courts has been able to help fulfil the dream of every football player in the country by backing the tournament.

That is why Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel did not mince his words when he revealed that talks were underway with the company to continue with their partnership for the sake of football in the country.

As of now the focus is on Tuesday, October 10, at Churchill Park, Lautoka when the 2017 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) gets underway.

LEONE CABENATABUA

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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