BA won the Battle of the Giants with a remarkable fightback against Lautoka, but it was Nadroga that stole the show over the last two weekends.
How Nadroga goalkeeper Sakeo Taganeca was not voted player of the tournament is beyond me?
If there were separate prizes for player of the tournament and new-find of the tournament, he would have, in my opinion, bagged both.
It's like father like son. His dad Josateki Kurivitu was the man in between the uprights and under the crossbar when Nadroga won their first IDC in 1988 at the National Stadium.
I am not only surprised that Ilisoni Logaivau was voted top player ahead of Taganeca but also stunned that goalkeepers like Ba's Jone Ralulu and Nadi's Vereti Dickson got the nod in the Fiji team ahead of him.
He was the tournament's top goalkeeper so how come he didn't even make the top four keepers cut in the national training squad?
Navua discard Joseph Elder showed the Navua coaching staff that he is worth much more than what they valued him. He scored three decisive goals, including one in the shoot-out against Lautoka, and was full of life alongside veteran Orisi Vunisa and striker John Rounds Jr.
Nadroga president Vijay Singh, who has been there done that as a player, is taking his team places together with coach Joseph Nand and Kurivitu.
Several top reps are missing from the national training squad. It's good that we are putting more emphasis on our youth with the view to the age-group Oceania qualifications and world cup qualifiers, but why leave out one of the finest midfielders in the game like Avinesh Waran Swamy unless he has opted out himself.
Waran had an a good tournament and an outstanding final alongside Osea Vakatalesau. It was an emotional moment for him winning the title with a goal and an assist with his mum there to cheer him on following the death of his dad early this year.
Another surprise exclusion is Lautoka's Ilaitia Tuilau and just who is keeping a tab on Archie Watkins and his football in Australia? Top FBC radio and TV commentator Raymond Stoddart picked out how Nadi's consistent performer Lekima Gonerau was left out.
Waran Swamy, Manuca and defender Josevata Neibuli shone through but none more than Vakatalesau. He was the man of the final.
If Uraia Loki had played against Nadroga then the Jetsetters probably would have made the semis. He was sorely missed in that 0-0 draw in Labasa.
Gonerau was consistent but Fiji FACT stars Napolioni Gasevakatini and Rusiate Matarerega were a little off their game.
Pene Erenio made a good comeback in a Lions shirt after a lay-off. Koriak Upaiga and Pita Bolaitoga also impressed, mainly the latter in his defensive role against Ba in the semi-final.
Zibraaz Saheb was the most consistent performer of the tournament while Tuilau, Krishneel Dutt, Jean Kaltak, who often came off the bench because of an injury, did their share along with Mitieli Namuka, who missed the final for the Blues.
Young guns Savenaca Nakalevu and Iosefo Verevou were my pick for the Rewans with goalkeeper Epeli Loaniceva.
Esava Naqeleca and Pita Rabo picked up their performances at the BOG while George Jermy sparkled but the Whites were a disappointment at the tournament.
Player of the tournament: Sakeo Taganeca (Nadroga)
Player of the final: Osea Vakatalesau (Ba)
Young Player of the Tournament: Iosefo Verevou (Rewa). He missed their last game because of secondary schools IDC.
Goal of the tournament: Alvin Avinesh's (Lautoka) stunner against Ba in the grand final. It was a stupendous strike. It had enough lift, power, swerve and dip.
Hero turned villian: Lautoka stopper Jone Sorolo's howler against Ba after being the star with two penalty stops in the semi-final.
Referee of the tournament: Finau Vulivuli's historic moment as first female referee to oversee a major local soccer final.
Disappointment: There was no bottled water available at the ground as picked up by a senior Lautoka FC official. Not everyone drinks Sunquick, especially those with certain medical conditions!
Tournament flops: Navua: No points, no goals. Second pointless tournament in a row.