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Maroons face Nadro in warm-up

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE Lutoka Rugby Union will open its 2014 season at Churchill Park this morning, which will be followed by a warm-up match between the Maroons and Nadroga.

The club games will start at 10.15am with Western Shield taking on Teidamu. The second encounter will be between Tropik Woods and Rangers.

The under-21 teams of Lautoka and Nadroga will then be in action before the senior teams clash at 3pm.

Lautoka Rugby Union secretary Salesi Vulakoro said many clubs had rejected the proposed increase in the registration fees for the new season.

Vulakoro said they had reverted to last year's registration fees.

"We had proposed the increase which would have catered the allowances for all the match officials," he said.

"However the clubs have not agreed to that. So they will now have to pay $500 and then fork out the payments for the match officials for every game.

"To date many clubs have not paid the registration fees. Clubs were promised prizemoney in the second round of competition last year.

"This will be paid out as soon as we collect the funds.

"The Design Engineering Shield challenges were cancelled because the sponsorship money was diverted towards the preparations for the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge against Suva."

Lautoka was thumped 22-0 by Suva in the challenge. The side finished on seventh position at the 2013 Digicel Cup competition.

Vulakoro said they were investigating a petition which was circulated to prevent clubs from participating in this year's competition.

"Clubs which are involved in this will face suspensions and the officials involved will be banned from the sport.

"The annual general meeting will be called as soon as the financial report is ready."

The official opening will start at 9.30am.

Entry for the day long program is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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