Sports News in Brief
CHIPS Black have laid an early claim to the University of the South Pacific Islanders Volleyball Association competition. Yesterday the side beat Meads I 2-0 in the men's final of the knockout tournament at the USP gymnasium. In the women's finals the Chips side lost to Bulldogs 1-2. USPIVA competition coordinator Mereaia Belo said the knockout marked the season opening however the actual weekly competition will start in the last week of this month. "This is because of the inter-tertiary games this week," Belo said. "And on the bright side, we have more teams competing this year compared to last year," she said. Last year the 12 men's and four women's took part and this year 16 men's and eight women's team have registered with the Association.
THE Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association will hold another charity tournament next month. This month SDBSA gave $1000 to St Christopher's Home from the Golden Cue and they are planning to have a tournament for the Fiji Cancer Society awareness month in October. The first ever charity tournament by SDBSA last year was in support of the same cause and next month's tournament will mark a year of their contribution to the community. The tournament will be the fourth charity tournament for the year.
Organisers of the Nasinu Football Association local league are expecting tough competition to prevail in the semi-final tomorrow. Waste Recycles will face Speedwing while Friends will be up against Lincoln. "Speedwing will be going for revenge since they lost to Waste Recycles 0-1 in last year's semi-final," said Grounds chairman Shaneel Maharaj. "Speedwing might cause an upset since they have been playing together for the past 10 years," he said. "But Waste Recycles are the defending champions and are a very fit team in this competition." The second semi-final will the tougher of the two as both teams boasts some experienced reps. "Lincoln has nine Nasinu district reps while the two top scorers for Nasinu in the National League, Nathan Kumar and Navinesh Akash, are playing for Frends. "We would like to invite soccer lovers in Nasinu to come to Rishikul College grounds tomorrow (today) and witness the games," Maharaj said.