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Taf'aga tops regatta event

Emoni Narawa
Monday, September 01, 2014

TAF'AGA club proved its dominance winning the third regatta competition held at the National Canoe Centre in Suva yesterday.

Taf'aga won the open men's and women's V6 events 1500metres and sprint events. The club's under-16 boys won the 500m sprint edging its older U19 counterparts from Kai Wai and Taf'aga.

Fiji Outrigger president Fred Leota hailed the as a success.

He said Taf'aga had experienced players who usually toured New Zealand every year.

"I can say, they are the overall winner," he said.

"They got very experienced players and they dominated the competition."

For the open men's V6 1500m Turns event, Taf'aga Toa One crossed the finish line in a time of 8:50:15 while Kai Wai stopped the clock at 09:03:80 and Walu Va'a followed in a time of 9:52:12.

Taf'aga Toa One clocked 2:22:22 in windy conditions in the 500m sprint. In the women's 1500m, Taf'aga clocked 10:33:57 and 2:59:74 in the 500m sprint. Takia finished second in both events.

Meanwhile, Takia won the U16 girls 1000m Turns event fending off Taf'aga's gutsy effort but the Taf'aga girls avenged the loss by winning the 500m.

In the juniors category U19 V1 Boys Kai Wai's Tima took first place in the 500m sprint, Tomasi of Takia settled at second spot while George of Kai Wai finished at third spot.

In a Taf'aga dominated open women's V1 Final — Theresa Avon stamped her mark again as top paddler with fellow clubmates Krestelle Whippy and Amelia Naivalu hot on her heels.

In the V1 open men's 500m Sprint Final saw Fred Leota of Walu Va'a fend off hot favourite Gary Volau (2:37:25) and Johji Wong (2:40:51) with a time of 2:36:79.





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