Arin Kumar
Monday, March 10, 2014

THE national under-18 girls team has almost qualified for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that will be held in Nanjing, China in August.

They beat hosts Vanuatu 5-1 in their second match of the Youth Olympic Games qualification tournament in Port Vila.

After going down 0-12 to New Zealand earlier in the day, the Lala Ravatu-captained side bounced back to edge closer to fulfilling their promise.

Ravatu had promised to coach Tai Smith and Fiji that they would definitely qualify for the YOG.

She scored two goals in their win over Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, the boys side lost their first match 0-17 to New Zealand.

The finals will be held tomorrow.




Tilak believes in multi-racialism

March 31, 2009 | Filed under: School Of The Week | Posted by: newsroom

Written By : EMOSI LASAQA.


A student population with a diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds has made the school located at Hollander Road, Lautoka stand out from other schools in the area.
School Principal Prem Singh said Tilak High School had three international students from Papua New Guinea.
Due to this diversity, the school observes a few religious and cultural festivals, where students and teachers put up a programme for the rest of the school.
“For instance, the Christian students and teachers will soon put up a programme for Easter and for Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day while the Muslim students and teachers shared with us life and work of Prophet Mohamed” said Mr Singh.
The school also observes the festival of Ram Naumi, Holi and Diwali.
Mr Singh said this enabled students and teachers learn about each others cultures and religious values.

He added this deepened one’s appreciation of another’s religion, customs and tradition.
The school has been consistent in its pass rate for the Fiji Junior Certificate and Fiji School Leaving Certificate examinations although there was a slight decrease in the overall Fiji Seventh Form Examination pass rate and there was an improvement in the number of quality passes.
Mr Singh said the school aimed to better its results in all three external examinations this year. The school has also put in place its three year plan with the requirements of the Ministry of Education.

They have also introduced computer studies at the third form level as a core subject.
In addition to this plan, Mr Singh said he was glad to say Family Life Education would be part of the form three curriculum from the second term.
“The school and its management has agreed to add two more rooms to the classroom block and discussions are underway for the construction of a multi purpose indoor sports court,” said Mr Singh.

The subjects of Hindi and Agriculture Science are taught up to form six level and it may be introduced to the form seven level next year.

Mr Singh said he was also proud to say Tilak had done well in sports. “We have been national secondary champions in hockey, netball and soccer competitions. For the past three years, the school has been the national champion in the sports of secondary school soccer in either one of the three grades,” Mr Singh said.

“Moreover we have a few students who are in the Under-20 and Under-21 national sporting teams. Afa Rusivakula is in the Under-21 national netball team while Sikeli Jeke and John Corgbill are national and district reps in soccer and rugby.
“Despite the small Fijian student population, I am happy to note our boys have also been making names for themselves in rugby,” said Mr Singh.
Like most schools in Fiji, Tilak High School faces challenges in its quest to progress and also in the area of student discipline.

Mr Singh said he would not say the school was facing difficulties, peruse. “That’s a rather pessimistic view of things. You would be amazed at the number of students who are bought to the office for disciplinary reason. I am glad to say the number is gradually on the decrease and the school has never had any drug related cases,” said Mr Singh. He also said a number of students residing in flood prone areas were affected by the flash flood in January.

“Together with those that are financially disadvantaged, the students were generously assisted by the school thorough the Student’s Council and the Ramayan mandali Group made up of Hindu teachers and the various organisations such as the Save the Children Fund, the National Farmers Union, Sugar festival Committee, Danam Fiji Limited, The Fiji Girmit Council for Women, the Bailey Welfare Trust and the Poor Relief Society,” added Mr Singh.
School extra curriculum activities include oratory, essay and creative writing contests, environmental club, interact club talent shows, I.Q Active and Kula Film awards.

Fiji Hockey improves world rankings.



Fiji Hockey teams in New Delhi in January 2013 for World Hockey Series.

The Fiji Women and Fiji Men’s Hockey teams improved their world rankings.  The updated rankings were released following Round 3 of the FIH Hockey World League matches which were the semifinals for the 2014 FIH World Cup.

Fiji Women moved up from #59 to #51 whilst the Men improved from #71 to number 55 following their participation in Round 2 of the FIH World Series held in New Delhi in Feb 2013.

The Fiji Women’s team are ranked equal #51 with Nigeria, and have moved above Hongkong, Bermuda, Venezuela, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Paraguay.

Other Oceania countries ranking sees New Zealand women at #3, Australia #6, Samoa #60, Papua New Guinea #61 and Vanuatu #63.

In the Men’s rankings, Fiji has moved above Greece #56, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Morocco, Goergia, Cyprus, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Nigeria, Brunei, Jamaica, Denmark, Panama and Guatemala.

Australia is the top Oceania country ranked #2, New Zealand #5, Papua New Guinea #69, Samoa #72 and Vanuatu #74.

Both Australia and New Zealand have qualified for the finals of the World Cup which will be held in the Netherland in 2014


Fiji Hockey Federation

Former Tilak High alumni Nadeem Khan in Sydney spearheaded the formation of Australia- Fiji Hockey Association (AFHA) this March 2012 and the association now plays regular club hockey in Sydney. Mr Khan a former Lautoka hockey representative with other former Fijians are calling  Ex Fiji hockey player  in other Australian States and New Zealand to support the new hockey body. One of the aims of AFHA is to help develop the game amongst juniors in NSW  and revive  hockey in Lautoka by regular visits and developing a hockey programme  for the islands.

Former Fiji and district hockey players  from across the Tasman in New Zealand will play annual hockey matches with AFHA so this is going to be a real winner for all  hockey lovers. AFHA is  sending teams to Fiji hockey MH Open in October this year so keep a look out.

Wasim Khan in action for Australia-Fiji Hockey Association in Sydney in March 2012

 The Australian hockey family is in deep mourning for the tragic loss of young hockey player Lizzie Watkins 24 who was killed by a deflecting hockey ball in a Perth club hockey match on the Weekend.

The matter is now before the Coroner for establishing the circumstance and cause of this tragic death on the hockey playing field in Perth.

This sad loss of a  hockey talent for Western Australian hockey will not only be greatly missed but has shocked all hockey loving people  around the world.

Already there is great debate raging about the possible introduction of headgear protection for field hockey players given that the pace of the game has changed quite radically over the last decade or two.

Sports injury specialists and Hockey Australia should take a lead in this serious sports injury prevention campaign. Lizzie’s death could have been prevented had she worn a protective headgear and there is no question about it.

There is no suggestion that field hockey head gear must resemble ice hockey head protection gear but there can be better Australian hockey helmet designs that could be introduced for world field hockey. Lessons must be learnt from this sporting tragedy and there is no time for masochism. Field hockey can be a dangerous sports if sports administrators allow it to be.

                         Lizzie Watkins 24 was killed by a deflecting hockey ball.

Hockey lovers were delighted to see Duchess of Cambridge handle a hockey stick with such great precision that she just wowed the crowd last week.  She was at the Olympic Park promoting Great Britain’s hockey campaign in the Olympics Games in July this year.  Kate Middleton as she was known used to captain her high school at Marlborough College.   No doubt this is great morale boost for the British Women’s Hockey team and all those who just love Olympics hockey. Well Done Kate!  Go for Gold Great Britain.

Great support for British Hockey

Lautoka Hockey News

March 15, 2012

Lautoka hockey season kicks off early  this year and plans are under way to  resurrect the local hockey league. It is promising to see that a new administration committee is active once again.

One of the issues needing immediate tackling is the availability of grounds for hockey matches. Lautoka City Council needs to come to the realisation that field hockey is traditionally part of Lautoka’s rich sporting culture. The district may lack artificial hockey surface for now, but good quality grass turf must be secured because  hockey enthusiasts in the sugar city would like to see hockey become supreme once again.  Lautoka Mens and Womens teams are aiming to go after the national hockey titles in a big way  this year and  local sponsors from Lautoka businesses are urgently needed to help our district hockey teams.

Hockey is being revived in Fiji’s western districts of Lautoka, Ba and Nadi according to Martin Coffin, official of Lautoka Hockey Association. 2012 is the year of hockey revival in the West that will see District Associations of Ba, Nadi and Lautoka  on the verge of planning to establish a Fiji  Western Districts Hockey Association. This according Mr Coffin is to spearhead the re-establishment of field hockey in Western districts of Fiji. Business sponsors, family and hockey community are urged to support the planned Western hockey festival that will follow the establishment of a Western Districts Hockey Association. Mens, Womens, juniors and schools hockey are invited to take part in the hockey festival.


Hockey Fittness

January 22, 2012

Hockey season often dwells upon us at different time zones and yearly seasons depending on which corner of earth we live in. In some countries field hockey is played in a 12 month- cycle and others 6. In Australia its yearly hockey for those who are die-hards and can’t  enough of stick and ball. In Fiji, hockey is played on a six month cyclic  season but with the astro-turf in Suva it is more than likely that Fiji hockey may consider a 12 month- program to redevelop the game in areas such as youth and schools. For the players in juniors, seniors and veterans divisions it requires not only physical fitness to progress  through the year but mental stamina too. Fiji hockey must invest in other athletic mental fittest programs such as yoga, taichi or breathing and relaxation exercises for its players.

Lautoka Junior Hockey

January 18, 2012

In 1983 New South Wales Hockey Association  sent a under- 13 boys hockey team to Fiji as part of its Minkey hockey development programme in the Oceania region. Suva, Levuka and Lautoka hockey associations welcomed this generous gesture as each of the districts under-13 side took on the New South Wales side  with great pride and competitiveness . Lautoka  under 13s lost both matches played by two goals to one but the experience was invaluable for the young Lautoka boys team. Half of these  Lautoka juniors went on later in their lives to play club , district and international hockey for Fiji with great distinction. Kevin Fraser was one such product of Fiji hockey.

If only Lautoka hockey could realize how invaluable  junior hockey really is because its future depends on a solid junior hockey structure derived from Lautoka’s primary schools. Its time to revive and put in place a viable junior or Lautoka Kaji hockey under-13 league with at least first five or six metropolitan Lautoka primary schools. It is opportune time for local Lautoka businesses especially its chamber of commerce to come out and sponsor future hockey champions of Fiji.

A matured Kevin in action against Venturers 2010