THE Cakaudrove kaji rugby team looks like the Baby Springboks team at the Milo Kaji rugby competition. Wearing the famous green South Africa jersey, the young Cakaudrove players showed a lot of pride with the jersey as the traditional Springbok logo on their chest. One the of the young players jokingly said he was from South Africa.
RAINY weather did not deter the hearts of young Kaji rugby players on day two of the Nestle Fiji-sponsored tournament, known as Milo Kaji. At Suva Grammar School grounds, kids loved the wet and heavy ground condition to display their untapped talents and sliding skills when scoring tries.
A YOUNG rugger from the west told his teacher he wanted to play at the ANZ Stadium. With eagerness to at least set foot on the stadium grass, the teacher challenged the boy to give his best in their remaining matches so they can play at the new ANZ Stadium in the knockout stages today.
Kwaca na vatu
'KWACA na vatu' is the cheer on the sideline when Namosi takes the field at the Suva Grammar School grounds. Playing against the Suva under-14 side, the Namosi supporters yelled at their players to give bone crunching tackles to the bigger and taller opposition.
TWO days of hardhitting Kaji netball in the scorching Western sun failed to turn away the mass number of supporters that turned up for the Fiji Primary Schools Netball Championship in Lautoka. Team Suva had a large fan base at the meet — wanting to outdo Lautoka at the tournament but the host city boasted just as many fans. It was a pleasant sight to see everyone out to have a good time and cheer on the country's future netters.
IT wasn't the normal roti parcels with orange juice being offered for lunch or a snack at Churchill Park. Vendors turned up in numbers to provide an assortment of dishes ranging from BBQ, lovo and famed roti parcels. Multilingual vendors also knew how to appease the crowds by speaking in Hindi and iTaukei.
CLASS, skills and passion were just some of the qualities displayed by the girls throughout the two-day tournament at Churchill Park. Outer island teams came out roaring in all six grades of the tournament and it was a good chance for these girls to get some exposure with local competition.
SUVA was dominant in the U9, U10 and U11 Grades as they hammered opponents to claim the crown. Suva Gold downed Bua in a 11-3 encounter in the U9 grade, while Suva Blue thrashed Lautoka Maroons 10-2 in the U10 grade. It was a close call in the U10 Grade as Suva Blue edged past Lautoka White 7-6.
"I SEE the future of netball here in Churchill Park". These were the words of the Divisional Educational Officer West, Lorima Voravora, as he addressed the girls during the closing ceremony. Voravora said the girls had a long way to go and development was vital. He said he was impressed with the tournament.