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Marist U14 beaten as Matabalei kicks the conversion for QVS

Maciu Malo
Sunday, August 17, 2014

QUEEN Victoria School fullback Maciu Matabalei broke the hearts of the Marist Brothers High School players and supporters when he dissected the uprights to help his team win the Coke Zero Deans under-14 title yesterday.

The Victorians were trailing 19-14 in the dying stages before flyer Waisea Sausau completed a wonderfully worked backline move to race away untouched.

At the sound of the hooter, Matabalei made no mistake with the conversion to give his team the much needed 21-19 win.

Team coach Maciu Naivava gave credit to his young warriors for their effort.

He said his troops played their hearts out for the full 70-minute game despite conceding the first try of the game.

"Firstly I thank the boys for their sacrifice during the past eight to ten weeks of training," said Naivava.

"We woke up 5.30 every morning to train and I believe that our hard work has paid off.

"Marist gave us a very good game as it tested the fighting spirits of our boys."

Naivava said the win was dedicated to the Vulinitu family who had been supporting the team throughout the competition.

"I thank the teachers, students, parents and old boys for their continued support. This win is dedicated to them," he said.

Meanwhile, MBHS flanker Alifereti Vereivalu played an outstanding game scoring two tries in the game.

The son of the late mentor and teacher Eroni Vereivalu also won the best player award which he dedicated to his fallen dad and motivator.

"I thank the Lord for giving me the courage to play well without my dad," said Vereivalu.

"We will try and return a better team next season."

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