Marist wins U19 title

August 17, 2014

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fiji Times

Sagaitu Konusi of Marist Brothers High School hits the ball past his Natabua High School opponent to win the semi-final in the men's final at the National Hockey Centre yesterday. Picture:JONE LUVENITOGA

Sagaitu Konusi of Marist Brothers High School hits the ball past his Natabua High School opponent to win the semi-final in the men’s final at the National Hockey Centre yesterday. Picture:JONE LUVENITOGA

MARIST Brothers High School won the Tuckers Ice Cream Secondary Schools Hockey Championship under-19 grade title at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday.

The Flagstaff boys defeated St John’s College 1-0 in a tough final to make a clean sweep in the grade.

Earlier, the Marist Brothers U16 boys defeated Saint Thomas High School 2-0 in sudden death play-playoffs.

In the girls U19 final, Adi Cakobau School reigned supreme after overcoming Levuka Public School 3-2. Both teams were tied at nil-all at fulltime.

Saint Thomas won the girls U16 title beating Swami Vivekananda College 2-1.

Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association president Immanuel Prasad said they witnessed a competitive tournament.

He said the level of skills and competition had gradually improved from last year.

“We want to thank the sponsors for their support and the schools for making this tournament a success,” Prasad added.

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More schools hockey needed

August 16, 2014

ERONI TUINACEVA
SUVA

Fiji Sun
18 June 2014

More school hockey needed

More school hockey needed

The Suva Primary Schools Hockey Association believes more competitions are needed to boost primary school hockey across the country.
Association’s president Loloma Andrews raised this point, encouraging other districts to take up the initiative.
“What we really need is more competition from other districts in order to lift and progress the level of competition in primary school hockey overall. It’s important to the overall development of the sport and it would benefit the players most of all.
“We’ve been having our own weekly league and half-league competitions and we like to pride ourselves on being one of the most organised and active associations despite our small size. Competition has been satisfactory but we need more competition from other districts.”
As for the Super Sixes Hockey Competition that was held yesterday, Andrews was pleased with the level of competition displayed at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva.
“There was a big turnout so we’re very pleased with the schools for coming out. All other school sports competitions had to cancel but we’re fortunate to have a weather-proof turf,” Andrews sai9d.
Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
Report by: Josphine Navula
16 August 2014

Fiji  hockey  juniors  aim for Olympics

Fiji hockey juniors aim for Olympics

The Fiji Secondary Schools hockey Association is now working on developing talents of young players from grass root level in building up for the 2018 Olympic Games.

President Immanuel Prasad says they are eager selecting more players to show case their talents.

“From the secondary schools hockey, we were able to field Under 18 girls team to go to Nanjing, China. Now we are looking forward to the next Olympic Games and grooming the players now so that they will be ready in time for the Olympics in 2018.”

The three day Fiji Secondary School Hockey tournament will end later today at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.
– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/22197/hockey-association-to-develop-players-for-2018-olympics#sthash.Wl5atyG9.dpuf

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fiji Times

Meleane Narruhn of St Joseph's Secondary School attacks against Natabua High School. SJSS won by 1-0. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

Meleane Narruhn of St Joseph’s Secondary School attacks against Natabua High School. SJSS won by 1-0. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

TOUGH battle is expected in the knockout stage of the Tuckers Ice Cream Secondary Schools Hockey Championship today at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

The pool games in the under-16 and U19 boys and girls divisions went on until late yesterday with no clear favourites in each of the grades.

However, Saint Joseph’s Secondary School and St Thomas High School maintained a stronghold on the U16 girls’ standings when this edition went to press last night.

St Thomas and Marist Brothers High School have been doing well in the U16 boys’ grade.

In the U19 girls, Adi Cakobau School and Levuka Public School are on track while Marist Brothers, Natabua High School and St John’s College were leading the battle for the semi-final spot in the U19 boys.

Fiji Secondary School’s Hockey Association executive Makelesi Mawi said three more pool games would be played this morning before the top four in each grade was determined.

“The competition so far was quite close and this is shown in the results of the games,” said Mawi, who is also the Fiji Secondary School’s Hockey Association Lautoka branch vice-president.

“We expect a tougher competition in the finals and maybe we will have to resort to sudden death play to determine the winners.”

Mawi said after the completion of the secondary schools competition, Suva, Levuka and Lautoka would battle it out in the district finals later today.

Lautoka is the defending champions in the boys and girls grade.

Results

Under 16 Girls

SJSS 4 Ballantine Memorial School 1, Saint Thomas High School 0 Levuka Public School 0, SJSS 3 Natabua 0, Saint John 0 Levuka Public 0, ACS 6 Natabua 0

Under 16 Boys

Levuka Public School 1 Tilak High School 0, Cathedral High School 0 Saint Thomas 4, Marist 0 Tilak 0, Cathedral 1 Saint John 1, Marist 1 Natabua 0

Under 19 Girls

Saint John 0 Natabua High School 0, Adi Cakobau School 2 Swami Vivekananda College 0, SJSS 0 Saint John 0, SVC 2 SSKMC 0, SJSS 1 Natabua 0

Under 19 Boys

Marist 0 Levuka 0, Levuka Public 0 Tilak 0, Gospel 0 Natabua 1, Saint John 1 Gospel 0, Cathedral 1 Gospel, Natabua 1 Gospel 0, Marist 0 SVC 0

Report by: Josphine Navula
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

Hockey action at NHC Suva.

Hockey action at NHC Suva.

More schools have shown their interest in participating in the Fiji Secondary School Hockey Meet.

Tournament President Immanuel Prasad says there has been a tremendous turn-out from the players.

“We have the age-grade system from having four hundred or so students… now we have more than 800 students participating in hockey and I think that is a great improvement for the development of secondary schools hockey”.

Prasad says the young players have shown a lot of maturity from playing in the local competition.

“Most of them do play club level hockey… they really need to come down to the secondary school level.”

The three-day tournament will be finishing off at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala tomorrow.

In the Under 16

Girls Saint Joseph Secondary School 4-0 Ballantine Memorial School
Saint Thomas High School 0-0 Levuka Public School

Under 16 Boys

Levuka Public School 1-0 Tilak High School
Cathedral High School 1-1 Saint Thomas

Under 19 Girls

Saint John College 0-0 Natabua High School
Adi Cakobau School 2-0 Swami Vivekananda College

Under 19 Boys
Cathedral High School 1-1 Saint Thomas
– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/22189/growing-interest-for-schools-hockey#sthash.W7gNgsKu.dpuf

Marist starts on high

August 15, 2014

Arin Kumar
Friday, August 15, 2014
Fiji Times

Natabua High School defender Bryden Fong tries to stop Wise Nainoka of Levuka Public School in the opening day of the Fiji Secondary School's Hockey Association national finals at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

Natabua High School defender Bryden Fong tries to stop Wise Nainoka of Levuka Public School in the opening day of the Fiji Secondary School’s Hockey Association national finals at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

LAST year’s runner-up in the under-19 grade, Marist Brothers High School made a good start in the Fiji Secondary School’s Hockey Association (FSSHA) national finals with a 3-0 win over Tilak High School.

Defending champions in the under-19 girls competition Levuka Public were not so lucky as they drew 0-all with Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

FSSHA president Immanuel Prasad said it was a slow start to the tournament but expected competition to be tough from today until the finals tomorrow.

“Games were really interesting despite the low scores,” he said.

“The slow start could be because of the fact that all the other school apart from Suva schools play on grass turfs.

“On this synthetic turf at Suva, the ball runs much faster which is one of the reasons for the low scores.”

He said games today and tomorrow would be much faster and interesting because teams would be used to the turf.

Yesterday’s morning results:

U16 Girls: STHS 2 SJC 1, ACS 1 SJSS 1, SVC 0 LPS 0, BMS 2 NHS 0,

U16 Boys: SVC 1 CSS 0, NHS 1 LPS 0, SJC 0 STHS 2, MBHS 2 LPS 0

U19 Girls: SSKMC 0 ACS 1, SJC 0 GHS 0, LPS 0 SSKMC 0

U19 Boys: THS 0 MBHS 3, CSS 0 NHS 1, SVC 1 THS 0

Games were still underway when this edition went to press.

Hockey meet starts

August 15, 2014

Arin Kumar
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Fiji Times

Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association president Immanuel Prasad (left) shakes hands with Goodman Fielder general manager Chris Zaayman while Dr Robin Mitchell looks on, in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association president Immanuel Prasad (left) shakes hands with Goodman Fielder general manager Chris Zaayman while Dr Robin Mitchell looks on, in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

ORGANISERS expect to see some future national reps in action at the Tuckers Ice Cream Secondary Schools Hockey Championships this weekend.

The tournament starts today and organisers anticipate stiff competition from all the teams that will participate.

Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association (FSSHA) president Immanuel Prasad said the competition was a way of bringing out the best in the players and exposing them to tough competition.

“During last year’s tournament, the Fiji national U18 girls’ team was selected,” he said.

“Maybe some more future stars might shine during the tournament.”

And the tournament received a major boost when sponsors increased their sponsorship in cash to $6000 and also donated in kind.

The sponsorship also includes attire for all executives of FSSHA, umpires, officials and volunteers.

Goodman Fielder general manager Chris Zaayman said the competition was a platform for students who may be looking at sporting careers and opportunities.

“I am sure the players would give it their best on the turf for their respective schools,” he said.

The Super 8 National Finals and the Inter-District tournament would be held from today to Saturday at the National Hockey Turf.

The U19 Boys 11-a-side competition would be for the Bhasin Cup while the U19 Girls 11-a-side competition would be for the Westmere Trophy.

The Noal Cup would be up for grabs in the U16 Boys 11-a-side grade while the Sandys Trophy would be on the line in the U16 Girls 11-a-side grade.

For the Inter-District tournament, the boys would contest for the May Trophy while the girls would battle it out for the Sophia Raddock Trophy.

U16 Girls: Adi Cakobau School, Ballentine Memorial School, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Levuka Public School, St John’s College, Swami Vivekananda College, St Thomas High School, Natabua High School

U16 Boys: Cathedral Secondary School, Marist Brothers High School, Levuka Public School, St John’s College, Swami Vivekananda College, St Thomas High School, Natabua High School, Tilak High School

U19 Girls: Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswamy Memorial College, Swami Vivekananda College, Adi Cakobau School, Natabua High School, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Levuka Public School, St John’s College, Gospel High School

U19 Boys: Cathedral Secondary School, Marist Brothers High School, Levuka Public School, St John’s College, Swami Vivekananda College, Gospel High School, Natabua High School, Tilak High Schoo

Levuka Public geared up

August 12, 2014

The Fiji Sun

MANHAR VITHAL
Levuka

Levuka Public School’s Under-16 and U19 hockey players, coaches, teachers and supporters. Photo: Manhar Vithal

Levuka Public School’s Under-16 and U19 hockey players, coaches, teachers and supporters. Photo: Manhar Vithal

Levuka Public School’s Under-16 and U19 hockey players, coaches, teachers and supporters. Photo: Manhar Vithal

Levuka Public School is gearing up for the Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Tournament which will be held from Thursday to Saturday at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.
The Under-16 and U19 teams received a timely boost over the weekend when they were given hockey sticks donated by Tai Smith, Fiji Hockey’s development officer.
And two sets of goalkeepers gear were donated by Ben and Rosemary Rova.
LPS are current holders of the Bhasin Trophy (U19 boys) after they defeated Marist Brothers High School last year.
LPS also won the final of the Westmere Trophy (U19 girls) last year but lost out after a protest to St Joseph’s Secondary School. The last time LPS won this trophy was in 1977. The Sandys Trophy (U16 girls) was won by LPS in 2012.
Marist Brothers High School will defend the Noall Trophy (U16 boys). LPS had won this trophy in 2001.
The team acknowledges the support of LPS principal Nanise Tuimanono and staff, LPS Old Scholars Association, parents, guardians and supporters.

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Fiji Times
SUVA District will be hoping to send its best three teams to the Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey competition next month.
After the completion of week one of playoff, the officials said it would be a good tussle and only the best would qualify for the national finals.
“We have started our Suva district play-off last Saturday and we’re happy with the outcome of some game,” Immanuel Prasad, the Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association president said.
“All teams have shown what they are capable of last week but we have a few more weeks before the national finals, so hopefully the best three teams will be selected.”
Saint Joseph’s Secondary School qualified as the top seeded team in the U16 and U19 grades last year while Marist Brothers High School was the best boys team in both grades.
MBHS and Cathedral Secondary School U16 sides have qualified to the national finals, MBHS, Gospel High School, CSS and Nabua Secondary School will fight for the three spots in the boys’ U19 grade.
Adi Cakobau School, SJSS, Suva Grammar School and CSS are in contention for the U19 girls’ division. Prasad said the play-offs would continue this week.
Meanwhile, Levuka Public School are the reigning champions for the U16 and U19 girls while MBHS rules in the U16 and LPS will defend the U19 title.

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