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ANALYSIS: ‘Men In Black’ Team To Beat

Training under the midday heat at the Ba Golf Course, Ba is the fittest and favourite to win the Courts IDC If fitness is the deciding factor in determining the
14 Oct 2017 11:00
ANALYSIS: ‘Men In Black’ Team To Beat
Ba football team at the Courts Interdistrict Championship at the Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Training under the midday heat at the Ba Golf Course, Ba is the fittest and favourite to win the Courts IDC

If fitness is the deciding factor in determining the Courts Inter-District Championship (IDC) winner, then the Ba football team should top the list.

In their preparation, the Arvind Singh managed-side had been battling it out at the Ba Golf Course under the scorching heat.

People close to the team has indicated that they haven’t seen anything like it for a long time. Players virtually threw up as they were made to run the barren course, during their daily training sessions which usually was under the midday heat. It was the team’s version of the Sigatoka sand dunes. It was blood, sweat and tears.

The hard work, dedication and commitment in their preparation reflected in their performance.

The ‘Men In Black’ are typically known as slow starters and they often find their rhythm when they get into the latter stage of any tournament that they’re participating in.

But not this time and it was a total turnaround. They had a whirlwind start by thumping defending champions Labasa 3-0 before edging out tournament favourites Rewa 2-1.

The young and fitter Ba outfit guided by old hands of midfield general Malakai Tiwa, Avinesh Suwamy and Remueru Tekiata fought back from a 1-0 deficit to hold Dreketi 2-2. Many say it was only a formality as they’ve already qualified for today’s semi-final.

Tonight they face arch rivals Suva and if Ba maintained their form then they will have no problem in securing a spot in tomorrow’s final. But that doesn’t mean that they’re going to underestimate the Tevita Koroi led- Suva side. The Whites have showed a lot of courage after going down 2-0 to Lautoka in their pool opener only to bounce back and register impressive wins over Nadi and Tavua.  That’s a mark of a great side but however, I’m still putting my money on Ba to edge them out as they have the match fitness.

The first semi-final it should be a close encounter between Lautoka and Rewa. Both teams have veteran players who are going to make a difference when the going gets tough.   But it should be an all Western final where Ba play hosts Lautoka and should come out winners as they’ve the fitness to go that extra mile.

Edited by  Osea Bola

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