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Ravuvu stars in soccer BOG

Thursday, September 04, 2008

FORMER Hong Kong sevens rugby rep Moape Ravuvu helped Tailevu Naitasiri clinch its third consecutive Battle of the Giants soccer tournament in Sydney last weekend.

The tournament is a yearly event for former Fiji residents and ex-district reps residing in Australia.

This year's tournament was held at Ninevah Club Soccer Field, Edensor Park, Sydney with 12 teams participating.

Ravuvu, the elder brother of former Fiji soccer captain Pita Rabo, played for Hong Kong at the 1996 Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

He teamed up with former Rewa reps Surya Singh, Iflaz Ali and Shalend Kumar, Filipe Wate and former Ba and U23 rep Saula Waqanicakau to beat Nadroga 1-0 in the final.

Nadroga had the services of Fiji striker Ratu Veresa Toma.

Tailevu Naitasiri drew their first game against Nasinu, which had the likes of former Rewa rep Henry Nair and then lost to Nadroga 2-1.

However, the side qualified to the quarter-finals as the second best team from their pool.

Tailevu proved their worth in the quarters beating Navua 2-0.

The other quarter-finals saw Nadi beating Lautoka 7-6 on penalties, Nadroga, the tournament favorite, beating Labasa 4-0 and the ever-strong Ba side beating Rewa 1-0.

The semi-finals saw the end of Ba's resilient challenge against Nadroga 3-0 while Tailevu Naitasiri beat Nadi 1-0.


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