Sport

9th August

Fijiana maps next plan; Nagasau targets next Commonwealth Games

Veteran player Rusila Nagasau says they have set the platform for the next Commonwealth Games after going down to Australia in the gold medal final. Fiji lost 12-22 to settle for the silver medal after...

8th August

Fijiana tests – New Zealand Maori and Canada women on radar

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua rugby team now have more chances to improve its international profile. Since its inclusion into the inaugural Super W competition this year, the Fijian side has never failed to surprise the global rugby arena. The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Fijiana 15s, after winning the Super W and the Oceania crowns, are now...

Birmingham 2022: ‘Bright future’

Fiji has a bright future in sports as there are a lot of young talents representing the country. These were the words of Team Fiji general manager Ajay Ballu considering the number of young athletes taking part at this year’s Commonwealth Games for Fiji. Two such athletes are 16-year-old judoka Gerard Takayawa and 17-year-old Triathlon...

Birmingham 2022: Karan stops short

Fijian athlete Yeshnil Karan failed to finish his men’s 5000 metres event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. Up against the best in the Commonwealth and some of the best in the world, fatigue got the better of the young Fijian as he had to stop in the middle of the tough race. This...

Games bid intensifies

With the date of the 2022 Coca-Cola Games looming closer, competition sponsors Coca-Cola Europacific Partners national sales manager Lawrence Tikaram said the company was excited to be a part of the region’s biggest annual secondary schools athletics competition. “We are absolutely humbled and grateful to all stakeholders through our Government, Ministry of Education and FSSSAA...

Soggy start – Southern schools battle in rugby event

The Southern Zone Secondary School Rugby competition continued on the weekend at Bidesi Ground and the Suva Grammar School grounds in Suva. Students braved the soggy grounds and blazing sun to claim glory for their respective schools where the best in secondary schools rugby was on display. In the matches played, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School...

Buke, Rahim star for Nadroga

Nadroga overpowered a gutsy Nasinu side 2-0 in round 16 of their Digicel Premier League match yesterday at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva. The Stallions opened the scoresheets in the 40th minute through Paule Buke which gave them the lead at halftime while Zoheb Rahim sealed their victory in the 80th minute....

Nadi upsets Suva in league thriller

It was a thrilling match yesterday between Suva and Nadi in Round 16 of the Digicel Premier League where the Jetsetters toppled the Capital City side 1-0. Both teams piled on the pressure for most of the first-half as they missed a few clear shots at goal. The two teams remained scoreless at halftime. Nadi...

Breen eyes tennis fame

Saoirse Breen aims to become Fiji’s first women’s tennis professional player. Breen is Fiji’s No.1 junior rep, who has a world junior ranking of 639. Her career highest ranking was 550 back in January this year. Breen is based in Barcelona, Spain. She collected three silver medals and a bronze at the recent Pacific Mini...

Oceania hopes for more development

The Oceania Tennis Federation (OTF) is hopeful that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Regional Tennis Centre (RTC) will reopen in Lautoka by 2024. The RTC was closed in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic. The RTC produced many national reps who earned ITF scholarships in the United States. They included Archana Reddy, Devashkar Reddy, Christopher Hargrove,...

Chess double victory

The Fiji chess team celebrated a double victory on the weekend during the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India. The Fijian women’s team beat Guyana and the open team got the better of British Virgin Islands. In the match against Guyana, Board 1 Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Kieran Lyons trapped Pooja Lam in a...

Cooper suffers ‘pretty serious’ Achilles injury in Wallabies win

(Reuters) – Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper is expected to spend an extended period on the sidelines after suffering a “pretty serious” Achilles injury during the Wallabies’ 41-26 win over Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday. Cooper slipped while in possession seven minutes into the second half of the Wallabies’ opening Rugby Championship clash before clutching his...

Foster says All Blacks were improved despite heavy defeat to Boks

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Ian Foster says his side have improved their performance from the historic 2-1 home series loss to Ireland, despite a heaviest defeat by South Africa in 94 years at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The Springboks’ power game, dominance of the ruck and superiority under the high...

Liverpool held, Spurs and Chelsea win in Premier League openers

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Title contenders Liverpool could only manage a draw at Fulham on the opening Saturday of the Premier League season while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur made winning starts to the new campaign. Liverpool had to come from behind twice to cancel out goals from Fulham’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic with new signing...

Rennie praises Australia character in victory over Argentina

(Reuters) – Australia coach Dave Rennie praised the “character and courage” of his side as they put in a superb second half performance to beat hosts Argentina 41-26 in their Rugby Championship opener in Mendoza on Saturday. The Wallabies trailed 19-10 at halftime, having been outplayed in the opening period, but were far better after...

Manchester United must let Ronaldo leave, says Rooney

(Reuters) – Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes that the club must let Cristiano Ronaldo leave if they are to build a successful team for the future under new manager Erik ten Hag. The 37-year-old Ronaldo, who re-signed for United from Juventus last season, reportedly wants a move away from Old Trafford after the...

Tottenham crush Southampton for impressive opening win

LONDON (Reuters) -Tottenham Hotspur underlined their credentials as a team capable of a Premier League title challenge with a confident 4-1 defeat of Southampton to get their campaign up and running on Saturday. The hosts fell behind to a James Ward-Prowse volley in the 12th minute but dominated throughout with goals by Ryan Sessegnon, Eric...

Magic Mitrovic nets twice as Fulham hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw

LONDON (Reuters) -Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace of goals was cancelled out by strikes from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah as newly promoted Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw by in the sides’ opening game of the Premier League season at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The home side took the lead on 32 minutes when they...

7th August

Record breaking McKeon admits pool programme took ‘mental toll’

(Reuters) – Multiple champion Emma McKeon said she has had to pay a psychological price for her dominance in the pool after the Australian became the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time. McKeon, who also has a record-breaking haul of Olympic medals to her name, won six golds as well as a silver...

Workshop to help minimise injuries

World Rugby is targeting to reduce injuries in the sport by holding regular courses in its regional countries. A week-long World Rugby Regional Level Two Strength and Conditioning (S/C) Course started on Monday in Nadi. World Rugby Regional Training manager Talemo Waqa said the S/C course was to enhance performance of the players and reduce...

Fiji 7s team to lift game in the US

Fiji 7s player Waisea Nacuqu expects the side to pick up its game for upcoming HSBC World Rugby Series Los Angeles 7s and the Rugby World Cup 7s in South Africa. The side hit a road bump in its build up to the world cup after falling short of clinching the elusive gold medal during...

PNC: Breen thankful for support

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has been supportive of the development of the sport in the region for many years. The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are organised by the ITF in the world over in different groups for their Class B members. Similarly in 2018, ITF introduced the Nations Cup Pacific for Class C...

PNC: Women reign supreme

Fiji reigned supreme in the women’s category of the Punjas Nations Cup Pacific at the Regional Tennis Centre in Nadovu, Lautoka yesterday. The team made up of Ruby Coffin and Saoirse Breen defeated Northern Marianas 2-0 in the final. It was a comprehensive victory for the hosts as the doubles match was not played. In...

Special Olympics serve as trials for World Games in Berlin

The Special Olympics National Talent Identification Games in Lautoka yesterday served as the initial trials for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany. Special athletes from as far as Rabi, Labasa and Ovalau participated in the event. Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Rovereto Nayacalevu, who was the chief guest for the...

Fiji Rugby embarks on historical journey

The pathway for girls to take part in rugby got underway yesterday with the primary schools girls tag competition at the Saint Marcellin grounds in Vatuwaqa and the WeetBix Raluve Cup competition at Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay, Suva. Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor said it was overwhelming. “It is a historical moment for...

Raluve Cup: Lomary girls topple Nasinu in competition opener

The Lomary Secondary School girls under-18 side got their 2022 WeetBix Raluve Cup campaign off to a good start, beating their counterparts from Nasinu Secondary School 17-5 in the first round of games played at Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay. Team manageress Seini Tawake said the performances of the Fijiana teams in both 7s and...

Bainimarama Shield stays in Yasawa

Yasawa retained the Bainimarama Shield after full back Nemani Vatuwalili scored a last minute try against Macuata to secure the Bainimarama Shield at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Macuata led 20-12 at the break. Macuata captain Apimeleki Toge said it was a tough match. He said they lost to Yasawa in the Vodafone Vanua Championship...

Birmingham 2022: Team Fiji lawn bowlers bow out

The Lawn Bowls competition came to an end for Fiji on Friday with the women’s triples losing to the Cook Islands in the quarter-final match. Fiji went down 23-12. Team manager Astral Smith said the side played well but were outclassed by the opponents. “They (Cook Islands) played an amazing game. Their 20-year-old second played...

Rugby Brilliant Boks bag biggest win over All Blacks in 94 years

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) -Wing Kurt-Lee Arendse scored his first international try and was then red carded as South Africa piled more misery on struggling New Zealand with a comfortable 26-10 victory in their Rugby Championship opener at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The Springboks were more dominant than the scoreline suggests as they bossed...

Vanua State of Origin: Game 3 to decide winner

The Western Maroons claimed the Vodafone Vanua State of Origin game two defeating Eastern Blues 26-6 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. The Origin will go to a decider as both teams claimed a win each with the Blues winning game one 19-14. The Origin decider will be held at Albert Park in Suva...

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