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$17k boost for Nasinu netball

Fiji Gold Nasinu Netball Association is once again being supported by Paradise Beverage Fiji Limited. This after the association received $17,000 from their sponsors as they prepare for their knockout competition which will be held...

‘Team Up’ sports program launches in Pacific

The Australian Government has launched the latest phase of its sport for development program in the Pacific Islands. Team Up supports 30 sporting partnerships in Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu across 13 different sports: Australian rules, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, swimming, table tennis and volleyball....

Premier League: Manchester City thump Wolves to earn 21st successive win

A 15-point lead, 21 victories in a row, a club record-tying 28 games unbeaten. The extraordinary numbers are stacking up for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s winning machine powers to the Premier League title and – whisper it – a potential quadruple. Guardiola particularly liked what he saw in the 4-1 win over Wolverhampton on...

Silver Ferns ready for Australian bounce back in game two

Dame Noeline Taurua knows better than most just how dangerous a wounded Australian netball team can be. The Silver Ferns made a triumphant start to the Constellation Cup, winning game one 49-44 behind closed doors at Christchurch Arena on Tuesday. With a quick turnaround to Wednesday’s second test (7.15pm start), Taurua was expecting a vastly improved Australian...

GI Rise: Helping youth chase their basketball dreams

A basketball organisation based in east Auckland is opening doors for youth and creating opportunities both on and off the court. Glen Innes Rise (GI Rise) was established by brothers Josiah and Sione Maama in 2017. Born and raised in Glen Innes (GI), Josiah said the predominantly Maori and Pasifika community is filled with talent....

Leading 800m runner banned for faking car crash to miss drugs test

Nelly Jepkosgei, a leading runner in the 800 metres, has been banned for three years for faking a car accident to give her an excuse for missing a drug test. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping and misconduct cases, said in its ruling that Jepkosgei claimed her sister had been hospitalised after a “serious...

Shaq ready to rumble in latest wrestling stint

Shaquille O’Neal may again absorb some intentional hits in his tag team match this week. The 7ft 1in basketball Hall of Famer gets his chance to dish out retribution – maybe a slam, a side headlock or a clothesline – when he steps into the ring for his first match with AEW (All Elite Wrestling)....

Charles Piutau poised to finally complete Tongan switch

Former All Black Charles Piutau’s long-held dream of representing Tonga could finally become reality at the upcoming Olympic Sevens qualifier in Monaco. Players with dual eligibility can switch their international allegiance by participating in Olympic qualifying events provided they had a passport for the second country and have completed a stand down period of three...

2nd March

Fiji 7s review – Baber looking at best options for Olympic games bid

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber is looking at the best options to prepare the national squad to the Olympic Games in Japan this year. Baber and the team management will review its participation at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi last weekend before deciding on which step to take next in preparing the...

Akbar salutes golfers

THE Minister for Education, Rosy Akbar, personally thanked members of the Lautoka Golf Club which has some students who are members and players, for giving their time to raise funds for victims of tropical cyclones Yasa and Ana. The cyclones left behind millions of dollars of damage to Fijian infrastructure, especially schools. When most sporting...

‘Bau Bullet’ ready

AFTER failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016, Banuve ‘Bau Bullet’ Tabakaucoro has been given a second chance to make it to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in Japan this year. The Bau lad will be battling for a spot alongside Athletics Fiji teammate Eugene Vollmer. “Personally, taking part in the local competition has...

Kumar masters challenge

CANDIDATE master (CM) Manoj Kumar survived a stunning loss to Philip Sukhu of Marist Brothers High School and a draw with CM Goru Arvind to win the 2021 Brijlal Fiji-sponsored National Blitz Chess Championship on the weekend. Kumar amassed an unparalleled 10.5/12 to top a field of 46 players. Nadi chess champion Avinesh Nadan and...

Tennis Fiji mourns the death of Bibi

FIJI has lost one of its best lawn tennis players, Hamidan Bibi. The former Fiji and South Pacific No.1 died at her family residence in Ba on the weekend after a long illness. Tennis Fiji secretary Sachin Reddy said Bibi, formerly of Suva Lawn Tennis Club, had left behind a challenge for young tennis players...

Baber to review national teams’ participation locally

THE national 7s team management will review its participation at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s last weekend with plans to look at the viability of participating in other club tournaments apart from the Fiji Rugby Union Super Sevens Series. The Fiji shadow teams, Fiji Warriors and Fiji Barbarians featured in the two-day event eventually...

Nawaka success

THE 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s proved to be a success with the two Fiji shadow teams, Fiji Barbarian and Fiji Warriors featuring in the cup final. Nawaka Rugby Club executive Jeff Tamata said it was a fitting finale as both the Fiji teams fought against each other. “This is what the fans who came...

BMS sets focus on long distance events

Ballantine Memorial School is focusing on its long distance runners to bring them medals at the Suva zone one competition. The competition will be held on March 17. Today the school held its inter-house with Lami High School at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Sports co-ordinator Bereta Laqere said she was happy to see the...

Lami students get athletics treat

Lami High School used today’s combined inter-house with Ballentine Memorial School as a way of treating its students. Principal James Faiyaz says the inter-house today gave him the opportunity to see the hidden talent the school has. He said they were looking forward to compete in the Suva Zone one competition and senior racer Taitusi...

Blues clear latest health check, relocate to Cambridge for bye week

The Blues have passed the requisite health checks and will spend their Super Rugby Aotearoa bye week in Cambridge as they await further developments in the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. In a planned response to the situation the country was thrown into on Saturday night when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the latest Covid restrictions (level...

NRL chief backs second NZ club to rival Warriors

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo is keen to have a second team in New Zealand to “create tribalism’’ and “a new rivalry’’ with the Warriors. A second Brisbane team has been mooted to take the 16-strong competition to 17 clubs, but Abdo also favours adding another New Zealand-based side. “Considering whether a 17th team is...

Parents set to see Watson’s 50th test for Silver Ferns

As the Silver Ferns finally return to the court against archrivals Australia, world champion goal keep Jane Watson is ready to face a few more challenges on the eve of her 50th test. Fingers crossed, Mary and Ross Watson will be sitting in the virtually empty stands of the Christchurch Arena to witness their daughter...

Novak Djokovic equals Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks at world No 1

Novak Djokovic is gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the grand slam standings, and he’s already caught Federer in another significant statistic: As of Monday (Tuesday NZT), Djokovic has been No 1 in the ATP rankings for a total of 310 weeks. That equals Federer’s career record for most time spent atop the...

1st March

Suspended – Axe falls on Police White team after 7s punch-up

THE Police White 7s rugby team has been suspended indefinitely by the Fiji Police Force from participating in any 7s rugby tournament. The order was issued by the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu yesterday after members of the team were involved in a scuffle during the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi on Saturday....

Classic Bua reigns in Lautoka

FORMER Fiji champion Epeli Bua showed his class to take out the Supercool Snooker Shootout Championship at the South Seas Club in Lautoka on Saturday. Bua defeated rising star Vikrant Sharma 3-1 in the final. In the semi-finals, Bua downed Raymond Reddy 3-1 while Sharma defeated Philip Gock by the same score. Ironically the four...

Naitasiri athletes struggle for form

NAITASIRI Secondary School is wasting no time as it gears up for the Fiji Secondary Schools’ Nasinu, Naitasiri, Nausori (Triple N) athletics competition. NSS coach Samuela Railoa said they were using all necessary resources to help his squad in good shape before the competition. “It is tough coming all the way from Naitasiri to take...

Clubs call for answers

SOME affiliate clubs of the Namosi Rugby Union claim they have been unfairly treated over the administration and running of the union. Namosi Highlanders representative for the union and St Peter Rugby Club head coach Simione Marika claims members of eight clubs located in the highlands of Namosi are not happy with the operation of...

Baber raises alarm over high card issues, 7s players’ indiscipline

AN alarming number of cards were flashed during the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s last weekend highlighting the need for more mentoring of players in regards to their discipline level. A total of 102 matches were played on day one which recorded 58 yellow cards and nine red cards. On day two, 106 matches were...

Police team to face 7s probe

THE axe has fallen on the Fiji Police White 7s team from participating in any rugby tournament until further notice. Fiji Police Force Acting Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu issued the order yesterday to suspend the team after its players were involved in a scuffle againt members of the Raiwasa Taveuni team during their cup quater-final match...

Boost for rugby academy

Rugby Academy Fiji received a major boost last week after Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes, handed over rugby training equipment to the academy to help develop young rugby players in Fiji. The academy which is run by former Flying Fijian, Seremaia Bai, helps to develop and inspire young local kids who are enthusiastic...

Constellation Cup netball tests all to be played in Christchurch

Netball New Zealand have confirmed the Constellation Cup series between the Silver Ferns and Australian Diamonds will go ahead with all four Tests played in Christchurch, closed to the general public. The trans-Tasman rivals will meet at Christchurch Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday as scheduled, but crowds for will not be permitted due to the...

Wellington Phoenix find their shooting boots to down Newcastle Jets

Six shots, two goals. Ufuk Talay would take that strike rate every week. Wellington Phoenix’s coach was delighted with the response he got from his players, particularly his under fire frontmen, after coming away with a much-needed 2-0 victory against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. The result snapped a four-game winless run...

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