THE BA Provincial Freebird Institute under-19 rugby league team was hosted by the school yesterday.
The Fiji Secondary School Rugby League champion side was accorded a traditional ceremony of thanksgiving for the historical win in Sigatoka last weekend.
The side defeated Navosa to become the first school in the West to win the U19 trophy since the inception of the competition about eight years ago.
Coach Filipe Alifereti thanked the school board, teachers, parents and students for acknowledging the players' achievement.
He said the team's success was attributed to its faithful supporters.
"The players are honoured for the reception given by the school," said Alifereti.
"Without the support of the school, I don't think we would have won the title.
"And to be accorded a traditional ceremony of thanksgiving is a moment that will be cherished by the players.
"On behalf of the players, I would like to thank the Ba Provincial family for their support."
Alifereti said the side set a benchmark for other schools in the West and that the win would also inspire the school's U18 side in its Deans rugby campaign.
"Most of the boys in this team will be part of the U18 Deans team.
"And this win will also motivate the players to win the Deans trophy."Alifereti commended the players, saying said the icing on the cake was the selection of four of their players for the Fiji secondary schools team to tour Australia next month