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A weekend of events

Kameli Rakoko
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AUSSIE heavyweight Alex Leapai has become the latest victim of undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and what promised to be fire blew up in smoke.

The game Aussie champ was never allowed to land any telling punches because of height and reach disadvantage and in the end became a punching bag workout for the Ukrainian.

However, the long awaited fight with former Commonwealth and British champion Tyson Fury could be soon and that's a fight everyone is looking forward to.

Fury is as tall and as powerful as the Ukrainian but has some wicked knockout punches at long and short range.

Fury will square off with current Commonwealth champion Derrick Chisora in July to win the right to challenge for the world title.

Recently in Boxing News & Notes Manchester, England it was reported that "British boxer Tyson Fury lived up to his name by tipping over a table and shouting expletives before storming out of a news conference ahead of his world heavyweight title eliminator against Derrick Chisora".

Fury was sitting alongside Chisora at a media event in Manchester on Thursday when he seemingly exploded in rage, shouting "Listen, I'm Tyson Fury, I'm the best heavyweight on the planet! This idiot is getting knocked spark out and I'm sick to death of this!"

He slammed down the microphone, flipped up the table that had glasses on it and left the room.

Locally, club rugby competitions began and Nadroga, as always, began with a tens tournament.

The tens tournament helps sevens oriented clubs to adjust to the forward game essential in fifteens.

There is prizemoney to be won and when the full code competition begins no other team is still playing sevens rugby style in the fifteens game. That's the whole idea behind the tens.

In Suva there was a change of hands with the Fulton Hogan Cup as Nabua toppled Nadro Stallions 18-13 at Albert Park.

The Stallions were previously affiliated to Naitasiri Rugby Union and over the years had contributed several reps to the union including ace kicker Samu Vunaki.

According to Ted Vuki the club had helped Naitasiri maintain its place among the top four unions with their supply of players and a majority of their players have won overseas contracts over the years.

They were one of the top clubs in Naitasiri and had switched back to Suva because most of their players live in Suva.

Now before the Coca-Cola Games fever simmers we would like to say a big thank you to the likes of Elenoa Sailosi, Sisilia Seavula and others who will not be returning to school next year.

They have lightened up the annual games over the years and hope that they continue their career in the sports and continue in the development of future stars.

There's the temptation of slacking off from training outside the discipline of the school fraternity. But athletics is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle that if promoted right will be a vital ingredient for nation building.

If maintained it means an active, vibrant community with less health risks to strain the depleted family and government coffers.

Former South Pacific Games gold medalist Osea Malamala is a good example.

At 70 years he still looks like the trim and young athlete he was in 1963 and he said he had never been sick in his lifetime teaching career which ended in 2010.

Malamala, now on holiday from Worcester, England, won a gold medal in 1963 while he was a student of Queen Victoria School.

He would have been proud of QVS' third placing in the weekend.

However, he would have not been as proud of his former school Ratu Kadavulevu School where he won the national cross-country open grade while still a Class Six student.

RKS runners obviously lacked stamina in the track events and for those who know the principles of fitness, it stood out like a sore thumb, especially old boys like this writer.

Last year QVS joined the likes of Marist, Suva Grammar and ACS with base training and conditioning of their athletics squad during the third term of school.

There was no such thing at the country's biggest boys boarding school and the teachers are not at fault and we, the former scholars, are to blame for not making the effort to go down to Lodoni.

But on behalf of all the concerned RKSOB out there we make a promise that it will not be the same next year. Every effort will be made to help these budding champions of the future achieve their full potential by proper endurance training in term 3 and the holidays and professional coaching prior to the 2015 Games.

So much for sober thoughts as there were many happy and even funny moments during the Coca-Cola Games and perhaps this one takes the cake.

A group of former students of a wide range of ages including grandfathers, mothers, fathers, recent school leavers were glued to the television on Friday night after Sisilia Seavula made that historic 100 metres dash for gold.

They were sharing a bowl of grog. They were former students in their different era at RKS, Suva Grammar, Marist, BMS, Nadroga/Navosa, Dudley, and Jasper.

The tears of emotion streaming down Seavula's face and ecstatic win affected them too.

There were tears in the eyes of the women and then there was silence except for the voice of the television commentator.

Seavula then turned to the crowd in every direction to show her appreciation by clasping her hands in the air, shaking them to acknowledge their support and say thanks.

At the back of the room piped the doped female voice, known for her witty sense of humour, to explain the hand signal: "Grog tonight."

The somber moment turned into an explosive one of laughter and there were only tears of laughter after that.

She "interpreted" that Sisilia was inviting everybody to a grog session.





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