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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).

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