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Comment by Anasa Tawake on June 22, 2011 at 9:59pm
Comment by Matt on May 31, 2009 at 1:42am
.............wananavu boyz.............

Comment by Asilika Rahkel on December 13, 2008 at 12:12am

Comment by buntee on December 11, 2008 at 11:50am
congratulations winner!!!!
Comment by tuks on August 26, 2008 at 11:13am
Ia sa malo......Kai...!!!! Sa yawa....
AS the Lelean Memorial School Under-19 side bowed in prayer in their changing room after their Coca-Coca Zero Deans victory, their coach Alivereti Tawake could barely close his eyes as he finally realised his achievement.

It is the first time Tawake has coached an U19 side, and it ended with the Deans trophy on his palm.

The Tamavua villager evaded reporters after the game speechless of his achievement and when he did, he thanked the Almighty.

He started coaching the Lelean side since he was posted to the school after graduating from the Fiji College of Advanced Education and has stayed there ever since.

He had even sacrificed studying proper school curriculums to study Physical Education while he featured for his village side, Ports team, in the Suva Rugby Union competition as a utility back.

He first coached a school side from the U15 level in 2002.

His team included players such as national U20 reps Peni Rokodiva and Peni Kilibau.

He used to take his team out on weekends to the Wailoku hills for training and it came to a time when the young people of Tamavua called it their own team.

The side reached the U19 level last year but the school gave the U19 coach position to Henry Murphy who had coach the U19 team to victory in 2006.

This year, the school finally gave the U19 coaching post to Tawake and he did not disappoint.

“I did not coach the team in 2007 due to school posting but when they finally gave it to me this year, I knew it was a big challenge,’ Tawake said.

He added he was fortunate to work with such a talented group of players that were dedicated and patient in working hard to fulfill their goal.

“We made our goal at the beginning of the season and it was to win the Deans. It was a tough road for all us but we had confidence.”

Before his side ran into the final, Tawake had put a game plan when they kept possession upfront and a quick defensive pattern to stop the combination of RKS’s halfback, play maker and inside center.

It worked and RKS’s inside center who had been the pillar of their backs defence fumbled a few balls with some strong timing tackle from his leaner opposite number.

But Tawake believes the win has boosted his confidence in his coaching career.

“This will go down as one of the memorable days in my life and even as a coach; I am really delighted for this win. I thank the players, supporters and the coaching staff and school teachers for all their effort. This win is for them.”

At the locker room, Tawake challenged his players not to leave school and continue their school work.

“You came here for academic purpose so back to school work and I challenge you not to leave school until the year ends,” Tawake told his players.

For Tawake, he looks forward to next year and awaits the decision from the school management of the team he will coach again.

And whatever team is given, Tawake knows what it takes to mould a winning combination at one of the highest levels of rugby in Fiji.

Comment by ROMEO on August 19, 2008 at 9:02am

With the Deans update.... I wish to congratulate the Leleanites for their victory over the Herons from Delainakaikai. Ko Davuilevu na koro dredre, u made it Bluez!
Comment by dee on July 9, 2008 at 4:19pm
When Tonga and Fiji met in their Pacific Nations Cup match at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, on Saturday, we got to see a pretty funny moment in the 54th minute.

Fiji made their way down field through some splendid handling and were close to getting over the whitewash, when the move come to an abrupt halt five meters out.

It wasn't a big Tongan hit or a brilliant driving team tackle that stopped the move, nor was it bad handling by Fiji. What it was though, was the Fijian hooker Sunia Koto's jersey being ripped off him, tossed away, and the ball going with for the ride.

It took a few seconds for the players to realise what happened, but once they did, the ref blew a quick stop to play, which allowed the commentators and viewers to have a good chuckle about it while watching the replay.

It's not the first time we've seen the ball up the jersey trick, with big Georgian lock Mamuka Gorgodze recently ripping a players jersey off, ball and all, and setting off downfield before being called back by the ref.

Tonga went on to win this Pacific Nations Cup match 27-16, with Epi Taione in particular having a great match. The best moment for me though was definitely when the ball went missing in action for a second or two.

'Stop the game so the ball can get undressed.'

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