Vic­to­ri­ans up North cel­e­brate win

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Seventy eight year –old old Queen Vic­to­ria School Labasa Old Boys pa­tron Akuila Vuakaca punched the air when the Deans Tro­phy ar­rived in Labasa for the first time on Thurs­day. It was mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for about 30 ar­dent sup­port­ers and old schol­ars who gath­ered at Mad­ha­van Street, Labasa. The tro­phy was ea­gerly passed around in the make-shift tent as the Vic­to­ri­ans had the rare chance to han­dle the tro­phy. QVS beat Marist 21-18 in the Un­der-18 fi­nal at the ANZ Sta­dium ear­lier this month. Vuakaca, who was a mem­ber of the QVS team that won the Deans Tro­phy in 1958, thanked the Vic­to­ri­ans for main­tain­ing the tra­di­tion of ex­celling in ed­u­ca­tion and sports. Vuakaca thanked the team de­spite the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Cy­clone Winston in Fe­bru­ary.

Vuakaca was glad that while there have been a lot of changes in the school struc­ture and pro­gramme, dis­ci­pline re­mained as one of the main prin­ci­ples of over­com­ing ob­sta­cles at Matavatucou. Also present was the school’s Par­ents, Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) pres­i­dent Ali­pate Le­dua who said that Cy­clone Winston had strength­ened the school’s unity which was dis­played in this year’s Deans fi­nal. He said the tro­phy was brought to Labasa be­cause of the im­mense sup­port they got from the North. QVS also won the U14, U15 and U17 grades. Edited by Osea Bola

Photo: Josaia Ralago

Akuila Vuakaca with the U18 tro­phy in Labasa on Thurs­day.

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