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Tamanisau Focuses On IDC

  Veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau is focused on improving his game at the 2018 Courts Inter-District Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on October 5-10. The former Vodafone Fijian football
16 Sep 2018 10:12
Tamanisau Focuses On IDC
Veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau at the Nasova ground, Suva on September 14, 2018. Photo: Nikolau Ravai.

 

Veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau is focused on improving his game at the 2018 Courts Inter-District Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on October 5-10.

The former Vodafone Fijian football captain played striker Police Special Response Unit during the Kontiki Finance Fiji Police Inter-District Championship at Nasova ground, Suva.

The Tailevu native said his participation in the Police IDC last week was a good build-up for the annual event.,

“I’m just trying to keep fit and at the same time prepare for the Courts IDC,” the 36-year old said

“I will try and improve my game at the IDC. Since Suva will be hosting, we need to prepare well.

“I think come IDC time Suva will be prepared for the challenge.

“Relying on spiritual uplifting and with my family’s support is what keeping me going.”

The Gurjit Singh coached- Suva  side are in Group B where they face neighbours Rewa, Nadi and either Dreketi or Tavua.

Group A has been dubbed the pool of death which has defending champions Lautoka who face Ba, Labasa and newly promoted Nasinu.

 

JUST A GLANCE

The Inter-District Championship (IDC) is the most important event in the Fiji Football Association calendar.

Teams representing various football playing districts of Fiji have taken part in this annual event every year, except 1987 due to disruptions caused by military coups, since the formation of the Association in 1938.

Teams compete for the coveted Lloyd Farebrother Trophy, donated by the first President of the Fiji Football Association, A.S. Farebrother and Lloyd and Company.

Only five teams (Suva, Rewa, Ba, Levuka and Lautoka), took part in the first IDC held in Suva in 1938.

From 1938 to 1975, the competition was initially held on a knock out format but in 1976 pool play was introduced.

From 1985, the competition was held in two divisions with the introduction of a second level tournament known as the Premier Division. In 1999 there was a short lived third level division.

With Navua registering its first ever win of the IDC tournament in 2009, all the current (as of January 2010) Super Premium Division teams have now won the Lloyd Farebrother Trophy one or more time(s).

Lautoka holds the record for highest scores in the IDC finals thrashing Ba twice, 6 -0 and 7- 0 and also beating Suva in one of the finals 7 – 1.

Edited by Osea Bola

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