Victorians up North celebrate win
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
Akuila Vuakaca with the U18 trophy in Labasa on Thursday.