Naitasiri Hails Its Fijiana Drua Heroes

We will always be recognized as Naitasiri players, says Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua No.8 Sereima Leweni-qila.
29 May 2022 09:45
Naitasiri Hails Its Fijiana Drua Heroes
LeweniRooster Chicken Fijiana captain Bitila Tawake (holding Super W trophy), with her team mates at Navuso Village, Naitasiri, on May 27, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

We will always be recognized as Naitasiri players, says Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua No.8 Sereima Leweni-qila.

She made the comment when members of the squad, who play for Naitasiri, were traditional welcomed and honoured by the Naitasiri Rugby Union at the Navuso Village Hall on Friday.

The Fijiana Drua made history by winning the Super W title in their debut year. The side also maintained an unbeaten record during the competition. It is also the first time the Super W title has travelled outside Australia.

The squad members included Fijiana Drua captain Bitila Tawake, Leweniqila, Joma Rabuti, Jiowana Sauto, Merewalesi Fuga, Rusila Tamoi, Mela Matanatabu, Roela Radiniyavuni, Temalesi Sigarara and Litiana Lawedrau. They were part of the Naitasiri women’s rug-by team who took part in the 2020 Skipper Cup competition.

Speaking to SUNsports, Leweniqila thanked Naitasiri Rugby for their assistance in nurturing their rugby careers.

“If it wasn’t for Naitasiri Rugby, all of these achievements wouldn’t have happen,” she said.

“We thank the union and the people of Naitasiri for giving us the opportunity to play for their province. Today, if we go around town, fans would say that we play for Naitasiri. People recognize us because we play for the province of Naitasiri and not Suva.

“I take this opportunity to thank the union for hosting us. We didn’t expect a welcoming to be huge like this. Our goal in 2019 was to win the Skipper Cup but unfortunately we couldn’t but here is the Super W trophy.

“This is for the province of Naitasiri and its people,” she added.

Naitasiri rugby manager Maciu Koroi said the women have set a standard for budding young players.

“I want to thank you for creating history and making us proud in winning the Super W,” Koroi said.

“You have stood up to the call of the nation and the province of Naitasiri. I remember you were all part of this team, you wore the black and white jersey that had three bamboos as the logo.

“We’re grateful that you took that logo with you through your maid-en journey. You kept the standard and showed resilience in the rugby field. Thank you for inspiring young Fijian girls to take up rugby.”

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