Congratulations to Suva for winning the primary schools IDC! This win was attributed to months of training, preparation, team spirit and sacrifice. I was fortunate enough to visit the Whites camp and the players and officials looked confident from day one. The team management made up of Adrian, Raneel, Shazil, Sanjay and Naca did a fantastic job in moulding these youngsters into a champion team. Utility player Senitiki's extra time goal gifted the Whites a sweet victory against arch rivals Rewa. Suva beat teams like Nadi, Tavua, Navua and Lautoka on the journey to lifting the holy grail of Fiji Primary soccer.
I also congratulate Ba for winning the Under 12 grade after a successful penalty shootout against the 'Baby Lions' avenging the senior team's IDC loss. The executives of Fiji Primary, Southern co-ordinator, chief guest Dr Mahendra Reddy, sponsors Vodafone and life members in the likes of Shiva Shankaran and Agni Deo Singh are wholeheartedly thanked for making the tournament a grand success. Suva coach Adrian rightfully said that tournaments such as this breed future stars and more support is needed from all stakeholders. For now it's time for the boys from the Capital City to enjoy their hard earned victory.
Meanwhile, the All Blacks capped off the 2016 season on a high beating Australia to break the record for 17 consecutive victories that was only held by themselves and the Springboks. In a classical All Black fashion, NZ scored 6 tries to silence the Aussies, adding more pressure to Michael Cheika's coaching career. Well done team New Zealand as diehard All Blacks fans await the Northern Hemisphere tour. On the other hand, Fiji's local teams Ratu Filise, Police, Tabadamu and Hideaway Hurricanes topped their pools in the UON Central Coast 7s. All the best to our local boys in their bid to bring the cup home!
As I conclude, I wish our Year 13 students all the best for their Year 13 examination. These students need our support and advice as they tackle the examination which will shape their career pathway.