Time to celebrate

After weeks of preparation, it’s time for the champion Delta Tigers “Red brigade” to celebrate their success at this year’s BOG.

The hard yards put in training, the 10km road run from Qiolevu Rd in Nausori once per week as part of fitness, discipline, unity and team bonding paved the way for Rewa to win their second tournament in a row and maintain their unbeaten run since the Fiji FACT win at home.

Coach Marika Rodu has held on the helm and successfully moulded Rewa into a champion team. Captain courageous Simione Tamanisau and president Nazeel Buksh deserve a pat for binding Rewa.

At half-time Rodu shared with his team an inspirational message from the Bible about Abraham and Sarah, who were without children and prayed that God bless them with a child.

Their faith in God was rewarded when Sarah, at the age of 90 and physically and medically not in the condition to bear the baby, gave birth.

Rodu’s words psyched his team and they delivered a remarkable performance to score two goals and wrest the trophy from the West. Verevou, who was Rewa’s hero, went to hug his mother after scoring both the goals and dedicated the win to her. I salute Verevou for this gesture.

The Jetsetters, on the other hand, played well and had they scored those close sitters, the story would have been different and they would have buried a 21-year-old losing ghost. Hard luck but thank you Nadi for playing your hearts out! The day belonged to a team, which is in top form, in terms of fitness and structure.

Once again, congratulations to Rewa for winning the BOG. I also thank the Labasa team for their performance. Labasa should start preparations to defend the IDC title, which will be played in Lautoka.

Finally, I pay my respects to Elemaca Ravulo, a former student of QVS.

His contribution to rugby will go down in history books.

May your soul rest in peace my dear friend!

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