"Former champs keep low profile in fight to end title drought"
FORMER Fiji Finals champions, Marist Brothers High School do not want to make any predictions and neither take the tag of favorites for the meet starting tomorrow.
Having not won the title since 2006, the Flagstaff-based school is being tipped by pundits to win the boy's grade this year. Led by captain Nashville Ram, the Red Fire brigade is the top choice for most neutrals but this is far from the minds of the most successful school ever in the Coca-Cola Games.
The side has lost to arch-rivals Suva Grammar School from 2006, and this is a bitter pill to swallow but the humble Marist faithful have not let that be revenge motto for the side.
"We are doing our usual training and like any other school will be going out to give it our best shot," Marist coordinator Asish Prasad said.
"It is the media and others who make us favorites but we just want to do our best and that is what we will be aiming at."
The side has sprint sensation and senior boys 100 metres favorite Banuve Tabakaucoro amongst its ranks and all eyes will be on the youngster to lead the medal rush.
Prasad said the team had received tremendous support from its backers and the camaraderie was high.
"We must thank the Marist Old Boys, Marist Rugby Club, PTFA and Mothers Club for all the support they have given," he said.
"Apart from that there has been a lot of support from all over Fiji and overseas from former students and friends of the school and we are grateful for that."
The school marched into camp last night and has a total of 48 athletes.