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Interim executive to run Maroons

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, July 07, 2014

THERE was drama at the Lautoka Rugby Union annual general meeting on Saturday after the sitting executives voluntarily stepped aside to make way for an interim committee to take over.

There was no quorum for the meeting for the third time, however concerned club officials continued with the meeting.

There was debate on the financial status of the union and concerns were raised about handling of the grants given by the Fiji Rugby Union.

Salesi Vulakoro who was the secretary/treasurer walked out of the meeting saying it was unconstitutional.

Vulakoro said he was not going to work with the interim committee that was appointed.

"I will seek clarification from FRU because there was no quorum so the meeting was unconstitutional," he said.

The interim executives appointed are Jerry Namua (chairman), Samu Yalayala (vice chairman), Joji Satala (president), Rusiate Tugaga (secretary), Jale Nakacia (treasurer).

The committee members are: George Blake, Jonasa Bisasa, Apakuki Vacala, Asaeli Kalo, Osea Naiqamu, Kitione Ratudradra, Abhay Chand.

Newly appointed secretary Tugaga said despite the lack of quorum, general discussions were on the running of the union's affairs and the lacklustre performance of the Maroons during the Skipper Cup competition.

"This is when the existing committee decided to step aside," he said.

"The members who were present at the meeting wanted this.

"Now we have selected an interim committee to take Lautoka through to the end of the season. After which elections will be held for the office bearers."

Lautoka notched its first home win of the season after edging Tavua 8-7 during the Skipper Cup on Saturday.

Replacement Vucago Bainitabua kicked a last gasp penalty to earn the Maroons victory.

Tugaga said the team was struggling in the Skipper Cup competition.

"Our major concern is welfare of the boys," he said.

"We managed to win against Tavua but it was not how we had expected.

"Lautoka is struggling and we want to lift the morale of the boys so that we can finish within the top eight for the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge next year."

The interim committee will hold a meeting today to discuss the financial status and sort out the club competition.


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