New trophy for winner
5 October, 2014, 12:00 am
THE winner of the Courts Inter District Championship will engrave its name on the new Lloyd Farebrother trophy valued at more than $10,500 next weekend.
The four feet trophy which weighs close to 30 kilograms was flown into the country from the United States on Friday.
It was unveiled at the Courts Lautoka branch yesterday and marks a new era for the oldest football tournament in the country.
According to the Wikipedia website, the original trophy was donated by Lloyd & Company and AS Farebrother & Company in 1938 when the first tournament was played.
Rewa lifted the first title after beating Ba 3-2 in the final.
Last year’s 75th anniversary tournament marked the end of the colonial era.
Ba, the winners of the tournament, get to keep the old trophy for ever and it will be placed at the Ba museum.
It is also fitting for the prized trophy to rest in Ba which holds the record of winning it 23 times more than any other district.
Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel said the old trophy had been around for many years.
“The trophy has been around since the colonial era,” Patel said.
“Fiji FA decided to bring in the new trophy with the partnership of Courts and we want something that will be remembered in many years to come.”