Ratu Kadavulevu School celebrates five major sports titles

Ratu Kadavulevu School halfback Kelemete Katudrau sends the ball to his backline against Lelean Memorial School during the eastern zone secondary schools U18 match at Ratu Cakobau Park ground 2 yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

HUNDREDS of villagers in Tailevu will be part of a major celebration today when they will march with the champion Ratu Kadavulevu School sporting heroes from Korovou Town to Lodoni.It’s celebration time once again at Ratu Kadavulevu School as the undisputed rugby champion added more new prized hardware to their trophy cabinet at Lodoni.

The RKS community includes students/teachers/p arents/old boys/friends will be celebrating today a rare achievement unprecedented in school sporting history.

Last year they created history by winning all grades from under-14 to under-19 in the Coke Zero Deans rugby competition and this year they have scooped five more and they are:

  1. The Tailevu Zone Athletics boys division trophy;
  2. Coca-Cola Games boys division trophy;
  3. SW Scotts College U18 7s trophy;
  4. U19 Fiji Secondary Schools League trophy;
  5.  Sanix World Youth U18 Rugby trophy.

The program will begin with a march from Korovou town at 8am led by the Fiji police marching band and go through villages along the way to RKS.

The permanent secretary for Taukei Affairs, Nepote Katonitabua, will be chief guest and he is also an old scholar of the big boarding school in Tailevu North.

The official program at the school begins at 10 am with the following:

  • – arrival of the chief guest.
  • – devotion
  • – traditional ceremony of welcome.
  • – introductory remarks by the principal.
  • – address by the chief guest, vote of thanks and the presentation of teams,
  • – presentation of Certifi cates and cutting of celebration cake.
  • – entertainment will follow and the celebration concludes at 4pm

The whole celebration can be watched on live streaming from RKS the whole day.

Among the celebration will be officials and directors of sportswear company Jack’s Handicraft who sponsored the athletics team and rugby campaign for 2018.

They shoulder the major costs of preparation including the allowances of athletics coach Moape Vu and World Rugby level 4 coach Nacanieli Saumi, who are also old scholars of the school.

The 2018 Coke Zero Deans competition will soon begin and the general aim is to repeat the rugby clean sweep this year.

This celebration also is a motivational and regrouping stage to energise the RKS community for another onslaught at the challenges ahead now that rival schools have also stepped up in preparation to stop this budding Mai Lodoni Mai tidal wave.

Will it develop into a massive tsunami, can only be answered by the quality of character in mettle and grit of opposition schools. As it is everything is cloak and dagger and their arch rivals from Kaunikuila and Nukuvuto and Davuilevu are holding top secret meetings and no school is openly challenging the boys from Lodoni.

But only time will tell.