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Fiji Rotuma Sports Council’s 2008 October Games

We completed our games this year with an awesome showcase of local talent in rugby and netball. Despite all our difficulties with finances, traveling, corporate support, etc. the FRSC committee gave the green light to Satarua Sports Club to co-host the 2008 October Games.

We wish to acknowledge the New Zealand team’s great effort to participate in this year’s FRSC October Games--not only to participate but to compete very strongly in rugby. Thanks also to our westerns clubs, Moiro of Lautoka & Grandville of Nadi for coming to the competition. The FRSC October Games were officially opened by chief guest Fuata Fakraufon, and trophies were presented at the close of the games by Master Mausio Mafai.

The games this year were held at Cathedral Secondary School grounds on Friday and Saturday, the 10th and 11th of October.

The clubs participating were:

  1. Grandville Sports Club - Nadi
  2. Moiro Sports Club - Lautoka
  3. New Zealand - New Zealand
  4. Ra’esea Sports Club - Suva
  5. Sarafui Sports Club - Suva
  6. Satarua Sports Club - Suva

Excused Club: Tieri Sports Club - Vatukoula

Results & Trophies:

  • Netball B - Satarua Sports Club
  • Netball A - Sarafui Sports Club
  • Netball Best Player - Isadora of Grandville Sports Club
  • Rugby B - not contested (Holders-Satarua Sports Club)
  • Rugby A - Satarua Sports Club
  • Rugby Best Player - Antonio Balelau of Ra’esea Sports Club
  • Most Disciplined Team - New Zealand-Rugby Team
  • Overall Tournament Winner - Satarua Sports Club

Submitted by Susau Finiasi

From Fiji Times Online (14 October 2008)

Satarua tops the lot

SATARUA was once again crowned champions of the annual Rotuma Sports Day which was held in Suva last weekend.

After retaining the men's rugby A Grade title and also winning the netball B Grade, Satarua were declared the overall winner.

The Satarua rugby team had another successful tournament and managed to take home the trophy for the fifth consecutive year.

Rupeni Fonmanu, president of Satarua club said the inclusion of the Panapasa brothers helped Satarua sail through their round robin competition.

"They not only had the services of the two Panapasa brothers who play for the Nadera Panthers rugby league team but there were also some other good players like Ricco Panapasa and Tony," Fonmanu said.

In netball Sarafui Club from Suva took out the top honors in the A Grade.

"Last year Sarafui won both the A and B Grade but this year Satarua managed to force their way through to win the B Grade."

Fonmanu said they were happy with how the tournament was run but he believed that more can be done to improve the image of the tournament.

""There is a lot to be done as we need to expose the talents of our young people in the various sports they participate in."

""That can only be done if everyone from the Rotuma Council to the various clubs around country work hand in hand in organising the event."

Five teams took part in the anuual meet.