10 July, 2017, 12:00 am
IT IS every parent’s wish to see their children succeed.
It is not a global phenomenon. Whether it be education, career or sports, this comes natural because it is about the future of a child.
Even the Bible, in Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) says: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Most parents teach their children according to the child’s skills and talents.
On Saturday, while most parents watched and cheered their children play in the Nasinu Primary Schools Rugby Union finals at St Joseph the Worker Primary School at Wainibuku, two fathers among the crowd were doing something else.
They did not jump for joy or raise their voices when their sons did something wrong on the field. They were engrossed in something that would help them teach their sons to be better rugby players.
Jona Uluinaceva, wearing a rugby jumper, hat and tracksuit, was video shooting the under-10 match semi-final between Saint Joseph the Worker Primary School and Delainamasi Government School.
Beside him was Wainibuku resident, Isikeli Kaitoga who kept on saying “come on boy, you can do better.” Kaitoga is a carpenter while Uluinaceva is a villager of Ovea, Bau, Tailevu.
Their sons play in the SJW team. They have become friends through their sons. Kaitoga’s son is Asesela Tawake, the halfback, Uluinaceva’s son is Samuela Dicks — the first five-eighth.
“I video all my son’s games and we watch and analyse them at home to show him his weaknesses and areas he could improve on. He wants to be a professional rugby player in the future and I accompany him to the games every Saturday to support him This is my investment for him. We live in the village and I provide everything, from his rugby boots to shoulder pad, to make sure that he is safe, he enjoys his rugby and help him enjoy learning how to play rugby,” Uluinaceva said.
“I do not shout at him when he is playing, but I stand on the sideline so that he can see that I am there watching what he does. When we return home, we talk about his games and what he did wrong and what he could do to help his team win. Most of the times I encourage him so that he can know that I am there and he should not be afraid of anything. Sometimes, I watch other teams and when they are drawn against our team, I tell my son their weaknesses and some tips on how he should play,” Kaitoga,originally from Nukuni, Ono-I-Lau said.
“I don’t know much about rugby and I come from a cricket background, but the wish to see my son succeed drew me to learn the rules of rugby, watch how they play and share my ideas with him to be a better person in the future.”
The sons starred in their team’s 14-0 win in the semi-final.
“I had watched Delainamasi play in an earlier round and they hardly use the blindside after a scrum. I suggested to my son to run on the blindside from a scrum if they are closer to the try line.
And he did, and he scored their first try which was converted by Dicks.
Dicks scored the second try when he beat four opponents while racing about 10 metres for the try. He converted his own try and they won 14-0.
Their team went on to win the final 7-0 against Newtown Gospel Primary School.
“We have become friends through our sons and we always discuss how we could help them achieve their dreams. We sacrifice, but it is a father’s delight to see his son succeed in life. I am a carpenter.
“I don’t get much, but whatever my son desires for his education and rugby, I make sure I provide.
“We all should do that ” Kaitoga, spotting a pair of worn out jeans, tee-shirt and flip- flops, said.