ISLANDS Electric Lautoka ECHO is confident of retaining the Bougainville trophy for five weeks in a row when it takes on 3FIR team from Suva this afternoon.
Laced with enterprising young players, the side has survived four torrid battles over the past weeks.
And the Sugar City warriors are ready to defend their turf against their Suva counterparts.
Former national 7s rep Vucago Bainitabua is the only big name in the squad while a few of the boys were part of the Bainivanua 7s team.
Manager Iliesa Koroinawaliva said his troops had done the had yards at training and he was optimistic of his team's chances.
"We have lifted our preparations to another level knowing the competition is getting stronger," he said.
"The boys have successfully defended the trophy over the past four weeks and we are confident of retaining the trophy when the dust settles this afternoon.
"The players are committed to their training and these young boys will deliver the goods required of them.
"This trophy is special to our unit and we will do all it takes to win the game."
Koroinawaliva said the side expected tough competition from the challengers.
The match will start at 3pm at Churchill Park.