Stage set for Courts IDC

mailife - - Contents - By MOIZ MUNIF

The old­est and most pres­ti­gious Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion event will take place next month as the best sides in the coun­try pre­pare for the 78th edi­tion of the Courts In­ter District (IDC) Cham­pi­onship. From Oc­to­ber 5th to 10th, ANZ Sta­dium in Suva will ac­com­mo­date the big­gest foot­ball event and names in the coun­try as teams from all four di­vi­sions gather in a bid for supremacy. IDC can boast as be­ing the only lo­cal foot­ball tour­na­ment to in­volve other di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tions that is Pre­mier, se­nior, sec­ondary and pri­mary schools. Courts Fiji Ltd the ma­jor spon­sors for the IDC have come on board with a fat $125,000.00 cheque that is the big­gest one out of the other three tour­na­ments.

COURTS IDC LAUNCHED

The 2016 IDC was launched ear­lier this month at the Courts store in Sam­ab­ula where the pool draws were con­ducted. In the pre­mier di­vi­sion host Suva has been drawn in group one with Nadroga, re­cent bat­tle of the giants cham­pion Lautoka and Labasa. De­fend­ing IDC cham­pion Ba is in group two with Rewa, Dreketi and Nadi. This group is set to pro­vide the fans with a re­peat feat of the 2015 fi­nal be­tween Ba and Nadi. 13 teams make up the se­nior di­vi­sion where Navua will be head­ing in as the de­fend­ing cham­pion. Group A: Nadogo, Seaqaqa, Raki­raki, Vatuk­oula, Bua Group B: Savusavu, Navua, Tailevu Naitasiri, Tave­uni Group C: North­land Tailevu, Tavua, Nas­inu, Lami Eight teams will par­tic­i­pate in the schools di­vi­sion to be an­nounced in the com­ing days along with the of­fi­cial sched­uled. The IDC was sup­posed to be played at Churchill Park in Lautoka but later an­nounced of the change in venue.

WHAT IS THE IDC ABOUT?

The IDC over the years has been the flag­ship event for the Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. It has con­tin­ued to at­tract a huge num­ber of pa­trons espe­cially from over­seas who are out to en­joy mul­ti­ple matches. The best part about the IDC is that all main ar­eas of the coun­try has rep­re­sen­ta­tion which means that ev­ery­one will def­i­nitely have a team to cheer for. The IDC started way back in 1938 and over the years been main­tained to wel­come the 78th edi­tion this year. The first event was held in Suva and that is why the Cap­i­tal City has been tagged as the true home of the IDC. Lo­cal foot­ball giants Ba re­main the most suc­cess­ful side in the IDC hav­ing lifted the crown on 24 oc­ca­sions and heard

clap­ping for the other win­ners as run­ner up’s 17 times. Ba un­der the guid­ance of Im­dad Ali aka ‘Chuck Nor­ris’ de­feated Nadi in the fi­nal last year 2-0 and not hav­ing won the first two events in 2016 will be in­spi­ra­tion for the tra­di­tional giants of Fiji foot­ball who should pro­vide qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion for the op­po­si­tion. Lautoka hav­ing re­cently won the BOG ti­tle should be in­spired as they also have won IDC ti­tles on 16 oc­ca­sions. The re­cent Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion trans­fer and reg­is­tra­tion win­dow should also see move­ment of play­ers from one team to the other.

SPON­SORS

Courts Fiji Ltd Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer PL Mu­nas­inghe says they are proud to spon­sor the IDC for the 17th con­sec­u­tive year. He hopes that this sup­port will as­sist in the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Fiji. Courts mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Anil Se­newiratne echoed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments. “When sign­ing a five-year spon­sor­ship cou­ple of years ago we did it with the view to pro­pel Fiji Soc­cer to greater heights in the com­ing fu­ture. The Fiji Soc­cer U23 Team marched into the in­ter­na­tional scene mak­ing it into the Rio Olympics 2016. This is a clear in­di­ca­tion that a strong sup­port can only foster a su­pe­rior Na­tional team in the com­ing years. Courts Fiji is cham­pi­oning to that end,” he said. “The lo­cal tour­na­ments are the bedrock of de­vel­op­ment and Courts Fiji is an arse­nal to that end though our choice brand spon­sor­ship. This year we have a strong lineup of brands, such as, Voda­fone, Stihl, Hisense, Fisher & Paykel, Kaaz, Puma, Philips, Singer, and Log­itech.”

FIJI FOOT­BALL AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Ra­jesh Pa­tel, the Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent said spon­sors were the back­bone for the event. He added that the 2016 edi­tion of the IDC is some­thing to look for­ward to. “With­out spon­sors it is very hard to or­gan­ise a tour­na­ment of this na­ture. Courts have strongly backed the IDC for the past 17 years and we are grate­ful to them,” Pa­tel said. “I en­cour­age the fans to come out in num­bers. It will be six days of ac­tion start­ing from a Wed­nes­day and fi­nal sched­uled for 10th Oc­to­ber which is Fiji day and a pub­lic hol­i­day.” Pre­mier di­vi­sion win­ner will walk away with 20,000 and se­nior $7000.

FI­NAL WORD

A women’s di­vi­sion seem to be the only thing miss­ing. Though a sep­a­rate women’s IDC event is held an­nu­ally but I just like to imag­ine for now the at­mos­phere and ex­po­sure the women will gain play­ing prior to the men’s pre­mier fi­nal.

From left: Courts CEO, Mr. PL Mu­nas­inghe, Courts Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing, Mr. Anil Se­newiratne, Di­rec­tor of Pro­cure­ment & Lo­gis­tics (In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy) Mr. San­jesh Prasad, Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Mr. Ra­jesh Pa­tel, Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion CEO, Mr. Bob Ku­mar, FFiji Ref­eree Di­rec­tor, Mr. Rakesh Var­man

COURTS I.D.C 2016 Pre­mier Di­vi­sion Fix­tures Wed­nes­day 05/10/16, ANZ Sta­dium 1.00pm Nadroga 3.00pm Ba 5.00pm Of­fi­cial Open­ing 5.30pm Nadi 7.30pm Suva Thurs­day 06/10/16, ANZ Sta­dium 1.00pm Ba 3.00pm Suva 5.00pm Rewa 7.00pm Lautoka Fri­day 07/10/16, ANZ Sta­dium 1.00pm Rewa 3.00pm Nadroga 5.00pm Ba 7.00pm Suva Sun­day 09/10/16, ANZ Sta­dium 3.00pm Win­ner (Group 1) 5.00pm Win­ner (Group B) Mon­day 10/10/16, ANZ Sta­dium 4.00pm Win­ner (Semi­fi­nal 1) vs. vs.

vs. vs.

vs. vs. vs. vs.

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vs. vs.

vs. Lautoka Rewa

Dreketi Labasa

Dreketi Nadroga Nadi Labasa

Dreketi Labasa Nadi Lautoka

Run­ner –up (Group 2) | (Semi­fi­nal 1) Run­ner-up (Group A) | (Semi­fi­nal 2)

Win­ner (Group 1) (Group 2)

(Group 2) (Group 1)

(Group 2) (Group 1) (Group 2) (Group 1)

(Group 2) (Group 1) (Group 2) (Group 1)

(Semi­fi­nal 2) | (Fi­nal)

Fiji Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Mr. Ra­jesh Pa­tel

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