24 July, 2017, 12:00 am
THE biblical story of Sarah —— the wife of Abraham who gave birth at 90 years old and the 10km road run per week helped Rewa to win the 2017 Inkk Battle of the Giants tournament at Lautoka’s Churchill Park yesterday.
The Delta Tigers defeated Jack’s Nadi 2-1 in the final as they won the prestigious BOG title they last won in 2014 and 2015.
And the icing on the cake was that the Rewa team has not lost a single match after their Fiji FACT win early this month.
Star striker Iosefo Verevou was in top form in the final scoring both his team’s goals while lanky Rusiate Matarerega scored Nadi’s lone goal.
With a nil-all scoreline at half-time, Rewa coach Marika Rodu inspired his troops at the changing room with spiritual words of advice reminding the players to have faith in the Almighty God and to have faith in their teammates.
He said the players were mentally and physically fit but needed spiritual motivation to inspire them in the second spell after most of their players had been playing with niggling injuries.
Verevou finally broke the deadlock when he rifled in a powerful shot from the left corner flag beating Vereti Dickson in the 56th minute of play.
It took Nadi 68 minutes to finally break the Rewa’s defensive line as defender Ame Votoniu fired in 35m bullet shot that hit the post and rebounded in front of Matarerega who dived and headed the ball past goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau.
But it was Verevou who stole the show after scoring a wonderful cross kick from his brother Epeli Saukuru in the 85th minute of play to win the game for Rewa.
“The half time talk in the changing room inspired the boys to come out of their shells and produce the goods,” said Rodu.
“I told the boys at the break the story from the bible about God giving Abraham and Sarah the baby —— Sarah was physically and medically not in the condition to bear the baby but they have faith in God. I told the boys not to focus on the condition of the injuries we carried from the semi-final and also the condition of the heat but to have faith in God.
“Even though we were level 1-all at one stage we never lost hope and managed to score the winning goal.”
He said hard work also paid off for the boys after completing a 10km road run from Qiolevu Rd in Nausori once per week in readiness for the BOG.
BOG golden gloves Simione Tamanisau also played a grand game for the Delta Tigers and made a difference stopping three would be goals in the final.
The side walked away with $15,000 while Nadi received $4000.