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Monday, September 25, 2006

North Malaita students help USP defend Fiji Inter-tertiary Soccer Titles

Three To'abaita students and active TARD members have contributed greatly to the University of the South Pacific Soccer teams in its effort to successfully defend the Fiji Inter-tertiary Soccer title and claiming second the spot as well, last Saturday in Suva.

The three To'abaita student heros are Mr Alwyn Danitofea, Mr William Fikutoa Abuinao, and Mr Lenny Olea Konamauri. Alwyn Danitofea from Roso Village and William Abuinao from Gwaunasu'u Village in North Malaita, are both first line up defenders in the USP Soccer Team 1. Mr Konamauri who is part To'abaita and Baelelea is the first choice goal-keeper and crowd entertainer in the USP Soccer Team 2.

The Fiji Intertiary Games is an annual competitive event that is organised for all tertiary institutes in Fiji in sports such as soccer, netball, volleyball, basketball, rugby, touch rugby, field hockey, table tennis, swimming, squash, chess, lawn tennis, billiard, darts and badminton. This year's inter-tertiary games was hosted by the University of the South Pacific Students Association (USPSA) which begun from friday and ended on saturday last week. Teams that participated included all the various campuses of the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT), Fiji School of Medicine (FSM), Pacific Regional Seminary (PRS), Central Queensland University (CQU), Corpes Christy, and the Fiji College of Advanced Education. After the games, the players were invited to a prize presentation and social gathering at the FMF Dome in Suva on saturday night.

During last year's inter-tertiary games, the soccer title was won by the USP Soccer team whilst the second place went to a different school. However, after the introduction of the All-rounder sports scholarship at USP this year, a lot of the soccer talents from the Pacific have been pooled together as part of the USP teams for this year's inter-tertiary games. Notable inclusions include national representatives from Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Both of the USP Laucala Soccer teams 1 and 2 have managed to either win or draw all their pool games which secured a quarterfinal spot for both teams. They both won their quarter final games and proceed to the semi-finals. The USP Team 1 eventually out-played the Fiji College of Advanced Education 3 nil whilst the USP Team 2 scraped through a 2-1 victory over the Fiji School of Medicine. The grand final was never played as both teams are from USP Laucala. The games has drew a vocal crowd and supporters of more than two thousand students in all the game venues.

Therefore, the TARD executive would like to congratulate these three To'abaita students for their achievement as players in the University Soccer team.

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