Clubs fodge friendship over trophy
25 May, 2022, 4:46 pm
“Youths are our future and we are doing this for their holistic development.”
These were the words of Vunidakua Rugby Club games committee chairman Peni Matasau at the launch of the Solomoni Naivalu trophy on Thursday last week.
The trophy will be challenged yearly between his club and the Senikau Rugby Club from Naitasiri.
“The trophy is named after the former Minister of Heatlh Solomoni Naivalu,” he said.
“Naivalu hailed from Lutu in Naitasiri and was one of the founders of our rugby club. We are doing this to commemorate him and also provide a platform for youths in our club to harness their talents.”
Matasau shared that players in the Vunidakua club were youths in Cunningham in Suva who had a passion for sports.
“This is an old club so we decided to revive it to accommodate youths who loitered around the community. Our aim is to be a launch pad to greater things for them as I know the pathway in rugby is there. We are here to support them and help them achieve something they would be proud of later in life.”
He said plans were in place to introduce other sports as the challenge progressed.
“For now we will be featuring only rugby in the under-19 category, golden oldies and premier team. Plans are in place to introduce volleyball and netball competitions for women and children as we know that this will also serve as a good family outing.”
Vunidakua club last week Saturday in Lutu, Naitasiri where they pipped the visitors 15-12 in the premier category.
Matasau thanked supporters and former players of the club for their contribu- tions to the club’s revival.
“I want to acknowledge and thank all former players in Fiji and overseas who contributed immensely to the revival of the club. We hope that in the coming years, this challenge will act as a reunion for players to come together and enjoy a family-ﬁlled event.”