THE Naitasiri rugby side played a warm-up match on Friday against Naitasiri Bulls which is a club from the Naitasiri North Zone. Naitasiri coach Reverend Joji Rinakama confirmed he used the match as a build-up for his team as they prepare for the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge. Naitasiri will challenge Nadroga who beat Nadi in the third challenge 31-14. Rinakama said his side wouldplay one more match as part of their build-up. "The first match was a very good build-up and it showed us some of our weaknesses," he said. "This week we will play another match and we are looking for a club that will want to engage in a scrummaging session with us," Rinakama said.
THE Rewa soccer side's protest against Tavua has been disallowed. The Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League board had a meeting yesterday to address two protests. Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Bob Kumar said Rewa's protest had been disallowed while Suva's protest against Savusavu was allowed. "Suva has been awarded three points and two goals," he said. Suva and Savusavu drew in their game and the capital side protested against Pene Erenio who was supposed to be serving a one match ban. "As for Rewa, they protested that Tavua fielded two players whose names were different from that which was given in the team list but no Rewa officials turned up today (yesterday) to present the case so the protest has been disallowed," Kumar said.
THE Frendz netball club of Sigatoka is keen on increasing its player base. Club official Judy Kumar said the club is aiming to field a few teams in the upcoming Coral Coast Netball 7s and St Parish Netball tournament in Navua. "Interested women and men who wish to join the Frendz club can attend our training sessions at Lawaqa from Monday at Thursday from 4pm to 6pm," Kumar said. The under 23 open men's team, under 21 open women's team and the mixed team will be touring Australia early next year. "Those players who are interested can contact 7619565 or Kelera on 8788485," Kumar said.
THE Namosi Rugby Union is yet to resume their club rugby competition. The competition was on hold when the Southern Rally championship started last month. The Namosi team won the B Bivision and later defeated Rewa in the promotion relegation match to be promoted into the major division next year. The side will rub shoulders against provincial giants lNadroga, Lautoka, Suva, Naitasiri and Tailevu. Namosi is optimistic of lifting their performance to match the major teams in the new season.
SAINT John Lomary have been crowned the Serua Rugby Union champions this season. This was after they defeated Culanuku 16-13 in the finals at Thomson Park yesterday. In the challenge match, the second Saint John Lomary side successfully defended the Vunivalu Tanoa against Deuba 29-0. SRU game committee official Ilimo Vudiniabola said they were happy to end the season on a high note. "It was a successful campaign this season, congratulation to Lomary for winning the Tanoa and the finals."