THE Makoi Bulldogs rugby league side will hold a victory march in Makoi today to celebrate winning the Vodafone Cup competition. The Bulldogs beat Roosters in the final on September 15 in Suva by 12-10. Coach Maika Vunivere said the celebration would be even bigger as the Fairtrade-sponsored club was celebrating its 10th year anniversary. "We will have a victory march in Makoi on Saturday from 1pm and the public is welcome to join us," Vunivere said. "As for the players, every one of them will be given something for their efforts throughout the season," he said. Thirty seven players featured for the club this season. As winners, the Bulldogs were given $5000 from Vodafone.
THE Viria District School Rugby Sevens Tournament will be used to fundraise for the renovation of the schools. Competition official Selema Roko said 24 teams would be accommodated in the tournament on October 12 at the school ground. "The funds will be used for the completion of the school library and also for building another staff quarters," she said. Entries for the tournament close on October 8. The winning team will walk away with $1000 and the runner-up, semi-finalists and plate finalist will also be awarded cash prizes.
ORGANISERS of the Cricket Fiji Elite Player League are hopeful good weather will prevail in Suva over the next two days. Round two of the league competition will be played today at Albert Park and Cricket Fiji chief executive officer Sonny Henderson said games cannot be played on a wet pitch. Today's games will see the Barbarians take on the Warriors while the Knights face the Bulls at 10am. "If it continues to rain, we may have to postpone the games," Henderson said. "We will have a meeting on Friday afternoon to confirm if the games are still on or no and teams will be duly notified via The Fiji Times," he said. The league competition is a means for Cricket Fiji to identify players who are capable of representing Fiji on the international stage next year.
TOP placed team Team Finance Pacific were upset by Telecom Fiji 5-6 at Defence Club on Monday in the Vodafone Suva/Lami Darts League competition. Junior Mandam was the hero for the TFL side as he secured the sixth point during the fourth singles match. Fiji Darts Association president Nyla Alfred said TFP was now placed third while TFL had moved up to fifth in Pool B. "Other results saw 3Ds maintain its lead in Pool A with a 8-3 win over Wilderness Merchants and Snipers lead Pool B after edging RG Direct 6-5," Alfred said. "Both these teams are from the strong Lami association and both have four points from as many games," she said. The fifth week of competition will be played on Monday.
TUMBARUMBA coaching director and recruiting officer Timoci Vatubuli is looking to recruit three Fijian rugby league players for the new season. Former Nabua Broncos and Saru Dragons player Timoci Yauvoli is one of the three new players. Vatubuli said he would later name the other players before he returned to his club.
TARANAKI speedster Waisake Naholo has secured a contract with the Auckland Blues for next year's Super Rugby competition. Naholo, a former New Zealand under-20 and sevens rep, said it was a huge step in his young rugby career and he was ready for the challenge. Naholo and teammate Kane Barrett were snapped up by the Auckland based super rugby franchise.
IT will be a clash of titans when Jolly Brothers takes on Combine in their Navua Football Local League clash at Thomson Park tomorrow. Jolly Brothers and Combine are the two top teams in the competition heading into round eight. Brothers, laced with district reps Joseph Elder and Rohit Chand, are favourites, however, Navua FA president Gopal Naidu said it would be an interesting game. The game kicks off at 1.30pm.