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Nasinu takes netball title after 7 years

AFTER seven years Fiji Gold Nasinu Netball team have finally won beating New World Suva 36-34 yesterday. It was a battle of national players between New World Suva and Fiji Gold Nasinu at the National...

Goneva tops scoring list

VETERAN Flying Fijian Vereniki Goneva has credited his teammates throughout the years and that has allowed him to become the top try-scorer in Fiji rugby history. Goneva scored the lone try in the 10-3 win over Manu Samoa last weekend in their last Pacific Nations Cup match propelling him into the Fiji Rugby Union history...

Top support for Fiji team

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee has labelled the people of Fiji as the main ingredient and source that drives the Flying Fijians. “The pride of representing Fiji is a real drive for our players,” said coach John McKee as the players and officials took a break from their routine closed sessions to open the...

Osaka retires at Cincinnati with knee injury

(Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka retired from the Cincinnati Masters with an apparent knee injury on Friday, less than two weeks before the start of her U.S. Open title defence. Osaka was trailing American Sofia Kenin in the third set of their quarter-final in Cincinnati when she sought treatment on her left knee....

Tiger’s charge fizzles in second 71 at BMW

Tiger Woods was unable to keep a mid-round charge going Friday and will have to rally over the weekend at the BMW Championship in order to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship. Woods traded a pair of birdies and bogeys over his first nine holes at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago to make the...

Relentless Djokovic beats Pouille to reach semi-finals

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic wore down Lucas Pouille after an even first set, dispatching the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-1 in a Cincinnati Masters quarter-final in Ohio on Friday. The match was much closer than when the pair met in the Australian Open semi-finals in January, when Djokovic conceded only four games before going on to win...

17th August

Punjas Digicel IDC: Suva Green wins premier grade

SUVA Green defeated Nasinu 26-16 in the premier grade at the Punjas Digicel inter-district championship today. They also won the under 19 grade defeating Nadi 35-15. Coach Kitione Waqavonovono said the players played their hearts out. “It was not the results that I was expected but I am grateful to the players that they did...

Tuwai helps team retain Ram Sami Shield

FIJI sevens star, Jerry Tuwai helped his Newtown Rugby Club retain the Nasinu Rugby Football Union Ram Sami Shield beating challengers Police Rugby Club 22-11 today at St Marcellin Primary School grounds in Vatuwaqa. Newtown came from behind to score to late tries in the second half to ensure the shield remained with them for another...

Rugby fans meet their stars

THE Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad took a break from their normal routine holding an open training session for their fans today at Albert Park. “The pride of representing Fiji is a real drive for our players,” said coach John McKee. “And to give the fans an opportunity here to see their stars in...

Korean Ambassador’s tae kwon do cup a success

THE Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championship is gaining popularity since its introduction to Fiji six years ago. With the successful competition this week by the Korean Embassy in Fiji more athletes, especially young people in Fiji and from around the region are taking up the sport. Korean ambassador to Fiji, Shinhee Cho believes tae kwon...

Special time

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee believes his team has an opportunity to do something special after announcing his 2019 Rugby World Cup squad at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. “This is a group of players that can really make Fiji proud,” McKee said. He said the squad was filled with firepower and the...

Naduva ties knot, resets sevens focus

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s wing Alasio Naduva scored the try of his life when he married Vasiti Tuilau at the World Harvest Centre Church at Kinoya, Suva, yesterday. The 29-year-old Fijian speedster was emotional saying that it was one of the best decisions he had ever made. Now with his wife Vasiti by his side,...

Federer stunned by Russian qualifier Rublev in Cincinnati

(Reuters) – Fearless Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev needed just over an hour to beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday, the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion suffering his quickest defeat for 16 years. The 21-year-old Rublev, who broke the third seed in his first two service games,...

Osaka survives Hsieh to reach quarters in Cincinnati

(Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka survived a tough test against Hsieh Su-Wei and eked out a 7-6(3) 5-7 6-2 victory to reach her first ever quarter-final at the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. Osaka, who lost to Hsieh at the Miami Open in March, admitted a day earlier that the Taiwanese challenger was an...

Thomas and Kokrak in BMW driver’s set as Woods stalls

(Reuters) – Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak matched the Medinah course record with seven-under 65s to share the first round lead at the BMW Championship on Thursday while a fit-again Tiger Woods struggled to get anything going and finished the day six off the pace. A shot behind the leading pair were 49-year-old Jim Furyk,...

16th August

Vodafone Kaji Rugby: Nasinu wins U14 title

NASINU under 14 ruggers have been crowned champions of the tier one Vodafone National Kaji Rugby Festival edging Lautoka in the final 12-8 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Nasinu scored a last minute try after the full-time hooter through prop Vilikesa Vualiku, to win the match, however it was all team effort. Lautoka led 3-0...

Vodafone Kaji Rugby: Kadavu goes down to Suva Blues in tier one U13 final

Suva Blues under 13 rugby defeated Kadavu in the tier one final of the Vodafone National Kaji Rugby Festival 17-8 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The capital side scored a total of three tries, two in the first spell and one in the second half and successfully converted. However Kadavu managed to kick a three...

Vodafone Kaji Rugby: Nasinu wins U13 tier two title

NASINU under 13 rugby team has scooped the Vodafone National Kaji Rugby title in the tier two category beating Navosa 10-nil at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Nasinu scored an early try in the first spell and continued the momentum in the second spell scoring their final try. Both conversions were unsuccessful.

Vodafone Kaji Rugby: Ra, Cakaudrove to share U12 tier one prize money

IN the final of the tier one under 12, Vodafone National Kaji Rugby Festival, Ra and Cakaudrove will share the prize money after both teams remained scoreless at the end of the final whistle. The two teams shared equal possession during the match even in the sudden death stages. The trophy will spend six months...

Vodafone Kaji Rugby: Ba defeats Naitasiri to win U12 title

BA under 12 Kaji rugby team are the champions of the Vodafone National Kaji Rugby Festival in the tier two division beating Naitasiri 21-7 in the final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Ba dominated throughout the match, scoring two converted tries in the first spell and extended their lead in the second half with another...

2019 Fiji RWC squad named; Waqaniburotu to lead team to Japan

THE Flying Fijians squad to represent Fiji at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan were named today at a media conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji. In a press release by the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Head Coach John McKee said the squad, captained by Dominiko Waqaniburotu,  has an opportunity to...

Naduva scores the most important try of his life

FIJI Airways 7s player Alasio Naduva tied the knot with the love of his life, Vasiti Tuilau at the World Harvest Centre in Kinoya this morning. The occasion was attended by close family and friends. Also present was the rugby 7s national coach Gareth Baber and his wife as well as the members of the...

FRU aims to develop youngsters

THE Fiji Rugby Union will for the first time, host a holiday skills program for the under-14, 15, 16 and 17 grades at its High Performance Unit in Suva. Drafted after the successful completion of the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Super Deans Championship, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor said the main motive behind...

Top Kaji teams set for finals

FIREWORKS is expected in the Vodafone Kaji Rugby Festival today at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka as some rugby giants were toppled in the knockout stages by rural-based teams showing their calibre and courage that size doesn’t matter in the rugby field. Tournament director Tiko Matawalu urges parents, relatives and friends to support the future rugby...

Schools basketball tournaments play a vital role: Puamau

BASKETBALL Fiji chief operating officer Laisiasa Puamau said the organisation of secondary schools basketball tournaments played a vital role in scouting talents for the national level. The Fiji Secondary Schools Basketball competition ends today with 49 teams battling for the winning title. Puamau said the competition had showcased raw talent from schools all over the...

Suva, Nasinu dominate netball tourney

SUVA and Nasinu districts dominated in this year’s Central Primary Schools Netball Tournament which was held over two days at the National Netball Centre in Suva. Suva made a clean sweep in three grades which were the under-9, 12 and 14 grades. Nasinu took the under-10, 11 and 13 titles. The Suva under-14 team easily...

Soccer: Talks break down, U.S. women’s team turn to court

(Reuters) – The female players who sued the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for equal pay reported that talks broke down on Wednesday and said they were now turning their attention to the courts where they are “eagerly look forward to a jury trial”. Some 28 players took USSF to court in March alleging they...

Barty beats Sharapova, Halep survives scare in Cincinnati

(Reuters) – Top seeded Ash Barty overcame a slow start to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1, while Simona Halep battled past Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday. French Open champion Barty double faulted to give Sharapova a 2-1 lead in the first set and it looked...

Woods ready to play in BMW Championship

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods says he is ready to play golf again this week after the former world number one withdrew from last week’s Northern Trust due to back pain. Woods arrived on Tuesday at Medinah, Illinois, venue for this week’s BMW Championship, and said he would play in the second event of the FedEx...

15th August

Skills program for future Flying Fijians

A SKILLS program for young rugby players identified as possible future Flying Fijians will be held in Suva next week. Conducted by the Fiji Rugby Union’s (FRU) high performance unit, the program is a pathway to develop under-14, U15, U16 and U17 players into a professional environment. “These age grade players will have a lot...

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