THE defending champions of the Mixed grade of the Fiji Touch Association competition, Raiwaqa Flyers suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down to Bombers over the weekend.
It was the Bombers whom the Flyers had beaten in the final last year but the game at Furnival Park in Toorak was a different story altogether.
Bombers beat Flyers by 6-4 despite the muddy ground conditions that slowed down the pace of the game.
Association president Georgina Lasaqa said Bombers continued their unbeaten streak this season to four matches.
She said the two teams were expected to meet in the final of the competition at the end of the season.
"The rivalry between the two Raiwaqa sides was quite evident in the match today (last Saturday)," Lasaqa said.
"Both sides have young players playing for them and some were under 16 players," she said.
She said the girls in the two teams played instrumental roles for either side.
"The girls have really stepped up and no longer care if the ground is muddy or wet, they just want to play.
"Another thing that is quite good is that the interest in playing is there between the teams because when we had a meeting in the morning to decide whether we should play or cancel the games because of the ground conditions, the teams said they didn't mind and wanted to play," she said.
Lasaqa said she was hoping for good weather to prevail over this week so the ground could dry up faster.