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‘We Can Stand Up To The Test’

Natabua High School principal Virendra Sharma believes that sheer strength and resilience are key component when their Under-18 lock horns with Suva Grammar in the first Vodafone Deans semi-final at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park on Saturday.
29 Sep 2022 14:41
‘We Can Stand Up To The Test’
Natabua High School lock forward Ponipate Kurewaka during their Vodafone Deans Under-18 quarterfinal match against Queen Victoria School at the HFC Bank Stadium on September 24, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Natabua High School prin­cipal Virendra Sharma be­lieves that sheer strength and resilience are key component when their Under-18 lock horns with Suva Grammar in the first Vodafone Deans semi-final at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park on Saturday.

He did not mince his words as three of their sides are in the semifinals – Raluve U18 girls and boys’ U15.

“Our U18 is an example of re­silience. Along the way, we faced many obstacles,” Sharma said.

“Our head coach Raikiwasa Loanikadavu had to start from scratch as he did not have the players; some opted to finish play­ing in the Skipper Cup and their clubs while some focussed on their Year 13 exams.

“Despite the losses against Ba Methodist High School in the Vodafone Rugby league competi­tion and Ba Provincial Freebird Institute in the Deans competi­tion, no one wanted to give up.

“Our boys stood up to the Test against Cuvu College. Histori­cally we won against QVS.”

Under 15 boys

NHS U15 boys are first timers at this level.

“Although we have the strength in the boys, it was a mammoth task getting the right skills. We’re in the top four now,” he said.

Raluve girls

The team like the U15 boys are also first timers.

“Yet, they are in the top four al­ready.

“I’m humbled by their achieve­ment. The fans are the backbone to their achievement.

“The support from the old schol­ars (Lone Hats) also has been very strong.

“I did not have to wait for any support to arrive. The support from all quarters were there from the start. So we go with humility, and we go with strength.”

“Natabua High School has not shelved other extra-curricular ac­tivities either.

“All sports activities, including cadets, are on-going with some of them juggling two sports, some juggling sports and studies, jug­gling sports, cadets and studies and yet, we are at the high end of achievement in all the things.

“Hats off to the students. When tough times come, they stand up to the test.”01 0203

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