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Fantastic four

Manoj Kumar
Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ba 8 Savusavu 0

IT rained goals in this game. Ba needed to win well in this game and they did just that.

Osea Vakatalesau scored a hat-trick and Abu Zahid netted a double while Laisenia Raura, Malakai Tiwa and Tuimasi Manuca had one each.

Many eyebrows were raised by the scoreline but Savusavu were simply no match for the fiery opposition.

Former Ba secretary, Ravinesh Kumar, the brother of president Rishi, was delighted with his team's performance.

Now based in Melbourne, Kumar said he thought they were "dead and buried" after the 0-1 loss to Suva.

Savusavu was no match for the rampant traditional giants.

Suva 2 Savusavu 1

Former Lautoka, Labasa and national rep Waisale Rasoki stunned the high-flying Whites early in the game.

Suva, fielding a relatively new-look side, kept up the fight and drew level just before the break through Samuela Drudru.

The former Nadroga rep made it a double in the second half to ensure the Whites remained top dogs in their pool.

The Whites will face Lautoka in the second semi-final and are on course for a showdown with Ba in the final.

The Gurjit Singh-coached side is one of the fittest teams of the tournament alongside Ba.

Lautoka 0 Tavua 0

The Blues just needed a draw to sneak into the semi-finals at the expense of defending champions Labasa.

Tavua, having lost earlier to Navua, did not have much to play for but put up a gallant effort.

Navua 1 Tavua 0

The Navuans fielded some new players like William Qaqa, the younger brother of Kelepi Qaqa, but still won to make it four wins out of four in pool play.

They did not fear winning the pool and playing Ba despite having so many young players.

Sireli Vosa, son of former Ba defender Teti Vosa, scored the winner a minute from half-time.

Navua rested key players Sheik Moshin and Parneel Chand.

Labasa 3 Nadroga 0

Papua New Guinea international Wira Wama netted a double and Maciu Dunadamu got a third as the defending champions made their exit from the tournament with a win.

The 3-0 win was not enough to get the northerners into the semi-finals.

The Lions looked out of sorts in their earlier pool games and although they finished with six points, they did not look like a team worthy of retaining the title. They lost to minnows Navua 1-3 and Lautoka 1-0.

Rewa 2 Nadi 1

James Naka scored a double but they fell way short of the 12 goals they needed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Had they won by a dozen goals, Rewa would have played the semi-final with Navua. However, their narrow win ensured that Ba will play Navua in the first super premier semi-final.

Premier Division

Tagi Vonolagi's Tailevu Naitasiri avenged last year's IDC final loss in fine style.

They beat the Tama Vosuga-coached Lami 7-0 and will play Taveuni in the final after the team from the Garden Island won 2-0 over Dreketi.

Predictions: Premier final

Tailevu Naitasiri to win 2-1. Tagi Vonolagi's team have the edge on fitness and experience.

Super premier predictions

Ba 1 Navua 0. Ba won't have it all their way but the Men in Black are in a league of their own at the tournament and will win this one. Navua is keeping a low profile.

Suva 2 Lautoka 0

Suva is in fine form and will win against a Blues side lucky to be in the semi-final. Issa Sani is in the form of his life. He will be the man to watch.


Ba-Suva: Suva will win its first IDC in 29 years, fullstop! One goal will do, 1-0.

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