Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi
The Red Fire squad was in danger of being beaten again by the Natabua brigade especially in the first two days of the competition. But they were not going to have anymore humble pies like 2015. I thought they were through until the third day. Just like the Roman Emperor Constantine felt the need for supernatural help, the mysterious interference was there. There were upsets and batons accidentally dropped and surprisingly the relays scooped in gold medal and something familiar begun. It was the beginning of the end for Natabua and other schools who want to make it in big time competition.
It was a disastrous mistake to denounce them as unsuitable for the relays which in the end proved to be the saviour. A decoy by Albert Miller (Jnr) in the Senior 100 metres and 200 metres sprint finals was all it took for the opposition to swallow the bait. Obviously the will of the gods was with the boys from Flagstaff.
As the private property of the school, it came back after a 12 months vacation in the west. Aside from the above, I never take away the persistence behind the victory. Initially another loss peeped into the corridor but the boys were not going to let the weight of 2015 weigh them down.
They didn’t give up the fight but attack it from a different angle through the relays.
This spirit to stay and the resilience and persistence involved is all about the school.
I take my hat off too to other schools that provided the competition allowing Marist to prevail. Better luck next year Acknowledgement must go to the athletes, coaches and manager, school management and PTA, Marist Old Boys and friends. Vinaka vakalevu and In Hog Signo Vinces (In this sign I conquer).