Stage set for Courts IDC
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.
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.
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.
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vs. Lautoka Rewa
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