Hockey season in Lautoka started this July with much anticipation despite some senior teams pulling out. Lautoka Hockey Association has to be commended for the game’s revival in the district. Secondary school hockey teams were invited to take part to make up the numbers. One of the outstanding team performances was from Tilak High with its boys and girls teams wining with big margins against other four hockey schools. Tilak Boys under 16 demolished St Thomas 7-0 in one of the matches at Lautoka’s Nadovo Park. If Tilak’s juniors take this excellent form into next month’s Bhasin and Noel Cup Tourney it will be the school to watch to win hockey honours for Lautoka.



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.



The old capital has reason to be proud today after Levuka Public school hockey teams won three titles in this year’s Tuckers Ice Cream Fiji Secondary Schools competition.

The LPS girls under sixteens upset St Josephs Secondary in penalty strokes, to win by two goals to one.

They scooped the Under nineteen grade also, with the girls winning by default over St Josephs and their boys team defeating Marist six-four in strokes.

Marist Brothers High School won the Under sixteen grade, after beating Natabua, one-nil.

Games were played at the St John Cawaci grounds.


Major boost for schools hockey

Article by Rashneel Kumar, Fiji Times Online, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 


From left: Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey secretary Alumeci Francis, president Immanuel Prasad, Goodman Fielders’ Valerie Finau and Fiji Hockey president Dr Robin Mitchell at the presentation. Picture: IVAMERE ROKOVESA

THE Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association has received a major boost for this year’s tournament.

Goodman Fielder, through its brand Tuckers Ice Cream, pumped in $5500 to help the association stage the tournament in Levuka.

The Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association Super Eight National Finals will be held on August 15 and 16 at Nasau Park.

Association president Immanuel Prasad said the sponsorship was a defining moment for them.

“If it wasn’t for the sponsorship from Tuckers it would have been very hard to organise this tournament,” he said.

Goodman Fielder brand manager Valerie Finau said they were committed to the development of youth hockey in the country.

“The Tuckers Ice Cream brand has a very strong following Fiji-wide. The brand is made in Fiji for the people of Fiji and it holds close to its heart very strong values.”

Fiji Hockey Federation president Doctor Robin Mitchell said hosting the tournament in Levuka would help in the revival of sport in the Old Capital.

He said the tournament would also help improve the player base.

Fourteen schools and about 150 students will compete in the national finals.

Prasad said for the first time they would be holding the tournament in two grades — under-16 and U19.

“This is to help in the development of hockey.”


Emoni Narawa
Saturday, August 17, 2013

LEVUKA Public School technically won the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey under-19 girls final after winning a protest at Nasau Park in Levuka yesterday.

With scores level with Saint Joseph’s Secondary School after extra time, both schools headed to penalty shoot-out.

SJSS won the shoot-out, however, LPS appealed after the match.

The games committee informed the teams to take extra penalty shots but SJSS wished not to take part, allowing LPS to walk away with the title.

It was double victory as the boys beat Marist Brothers High School 6-4 at sudden death.

Levuka Public School was also the winners in the U16 grade, after they edged SJSS 2-1 in the girl’s division while MBHS beat Natabua High School 1-0 to win the boy’s title.

Lautoka won the boy’s inter-district final after beating Levuka in the final.

Fiji Hockey Association development officer Tai Smith said the three-day tournament ended yesterday.

Levuka Public School (LPS) has won Bhasin Cup the most times in the history of Fiji secondary school hockey. Well done Levuka!

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, July 14, 2013

SWAMI Vivekananda College won both the boy’s and girl’s under-19 categories during the Lautoka/Nadi secondary schools zonal hockey play-offs at Nadovu Park in Nadi yesterday.

The Swami Vivekananda teams remained unbeaten.

Former national rep Ernest Coffin who helped officiate during the tournament said the teams had a lot of polishing to do before the national finals in Levuka next month.

He said the skill area was one that needed working on.

“It is good to see Swami Vivekananda excel in the tournament,” Coffin said.

“However there is lots of room for improvement for all the teams especially with their playing structure.”

The teams that have qualified for the national finals in the girl’s U19 division are Swami Vivekananda, Jasper Williams High School and Natabua High School. The qualifiers in the boy’s U19 division are Swami Vivekananda, Tilak High School and Natabua.

Results: Girls U19 Natabua 0 SVC 0, Jasper Willams 0 Central College 0, Jasper 1 Natabua 0, SVC 1 Central College 0, Natabua 4 Central College 0, Jasper Williams 0 SVC 0.

Boys U19 Tilak 2 Central College 1, Natabua 0 Tilak 0, SVC 3 Central College 0, SVC 2 Natabua 2, SVC 2 Tilak 1.

The Fiji Times

Champs qualify

August 2, 2013

Champs qualify

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, July 26, 2013

DEFENDING boy’s champions Swami Vivekananda College has qualified for the Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association Super Eight National finals in Levuka next month.

The Nadi-based school which won the open grade category last year is the top contender in the under-19 boys and girls category this year.

In the boys and girls U19 division, SVC, Tilak and Natabua High have also qualified from the West.

From the Central Division, Marist Brothers High School and Gospel High School have qualified in the boys grade while in girls, the battle is still on for the final places with defending champions Saint Joseph’s Secondary School leading the charge.

From Levuka, St John’s College, Levuka Public and Delana Methodist will be represented in the boys competition.

Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association president Immanuel Prasad said the competition in the play-off was high.

“The intensity of competition in the play-off is quite strong,” Prasad said.

“It will be interesting to see how teams fare in the finals in Levuka as games will be played on grass court.”

This year’s tournament will also have U16 grade competition.

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.


July 15, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji Sports | Posted by: newsroom


In their latest achievement, Swami Vivekananda College has written their names in the Lautoka/Nadi Secondary Schools Zonal Hockey play-offs.
SVC won both the boys’ and girls’ Under-19 categories on Saturday at Nadovou Park in Lautoka.
School principal Rajesh Krishna said the school wants to involve more in extracurricular activities.
“The journey will not be easy as there are very good athletes in other schools,” Krishna said.
“Giving more exposure will also help students build a network with other schools. The college will look for more ways to learn other sports also developing students in formal education.
SVC has qualified for the national finals and remained unbeaten in the zonal play-offs.
Swami Vivekananda College, Jasper Williams High and Natabua Highl have qualified in the girls’ U19 national hockey finals.
The boys’ U19 qualifiers are Swami Vivekananda College, Tilak High and Natabua High.
Furthermore the college took part in swimming after a lapse of five years winning 35 medals from six swimmers in the 2013 National Primary and Secondary Schools Swimming Championship.



Suva dominates hockey tournament
Zanzeer Singh
Fiji Times Online, Sunday, July 21, 2013

PHOTO:  Jai Prasad – Lanoma Tuinamoala, left, of Nadi I and Merewai Tokola of Nadi II tussle for possession at Nadovu Park, Lautoka.

SUVA dominated the pool stages during the Aloesi Johns Memorial Hockey Tournament at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The Capital City team, boasting a few national reps, recorded high scores in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

In the men’s division Suva with the Smith brothers, Hector and Adrian beat Nadi 3-0 and Lautoka A 6-1.

In the women’s division Suva with the likes of national captain Melba Nautu and Maxine Brown walloped Nadi B 7-1 and Nadi A 4-0.

Fiji Hockey Federation development officer Tai Smith said they had added the Harry Rounds Trophy for the men’s winner.

She thanked the Fiji National Sports Commission for coming on board as the major sponsor.

“I’m really happy with the number of players that turned up for the tournament,” Smith said.

“There are many youngsters in the sport. It is the Aloesi Johns hockey weekend but we also decided to get the Harry Rounds Trophy as well. He was a strong supporter of hockey and that trophy will go to the men’s winner.

“It is wonderful to have a national tournament in Lautoka. We would like to thank the Fiji National Sports Commission for supporting the tournament. Also the Northern Club and parent body chipped in to help.”

A total of ten teams are participating in the two-day event. In the men’s semi-finals this morning Suva will take on Ba while Lautoka B will play Nadi. In the fifth and sixth place play-offs Lautoka A will face Sigatoka.

The tournament will resume at 8am.

Results: Men: Nadi 7 Lautoka A, Ba 1 Sigatoka 0, Lautoka B 5 Sigatoka 2, Suva 3 Nadi 0, Suva 6 Lautoka A 1, Lautoka B 3 Ba 1. Women: Suva 7 Nadi B 1, Nadi A 2 Lautoka 0, Lautoka 0 Nadi B 3, Suva 4 Nadi A 0.