HAVING done most of their training in atrocious wet conditions over the last two weeks, Navua and Suva have surprisingly weathered the western heat and are through to the semi-finals of the Courts Inter District Championship with a game each to spare.
They both have three wins each from as many games and will most probably field their reserves in today's final pool games.
Both teams are also set to top their pools. Underdogs Navua edged Nadroga 1-0 in the mid-morning heat with a goal from Praneel Kumar but Suva, the form team of the tournament, smashed Rewa 4-0 with a hat-trick to Sanni Issa and a fourth to Samuela Drudru.
"Before the tournament I had made up my mind to be the highest goal scorer. I would like to thank my teammates for their contribution," Sanni said.
"Without them I could not have scored these many goals. I'm really pleased with my effort. The goals have boosted the morale of the players. I'm looking forward to score more goals in the tournament."
Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said, "The three wins have been good results for us as we are in a tougher pool. It was talk of the town that the game against Rewa would be a draw. But we are not taking any risks in the tournament. Fair play remains the priority. I don't want to predict on the matches ahead. We will take them as they come".
In the other pool, minnows Navua is turning heads following wins over defending champions Labasa, Lautoka and Nadroga. Against Nadro, the side was without injured regulars Inia Boko, who scored a spectacular winner against Lautoka on Thursday night and Monit Chand.
"The players have done us proud," Navua team director Pravin Chand said.
"We came in with an unknown bunch following a disastrous league campaign but we have held our own against the big boys. Reaching the semis is a huge achievement and I have a few very special people to thank for helping make that possible but I will keep their names under wraps until the tournament is over," added the Fairtrade Auto managing director. Under Chand's leadership, Navua has won five games in a row (two in the league and three in the IDC). Before that they had won only one game from 16.